As a certain Westword editor-in-chief likes to say, Denver has exactly ONE in-town celebrity. His name rhymes with “smellway.” But unless you spend Tuesday nights sucking down saketinis and $45 steaks in Cherry Creek, you are not likely to encounter the Mile High City’s famous son.
Otherwise, we are left to pine over the famous personalities who grew up here or once lived here but have taken off for grander digs. Here’s the list in one breath: Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Anna Sophia-Robb, Don Cheadle, Trey Parker/Matt Stone, India.Arie, Amy Adams, Chauncey Billups, John Kerry and . . . Duane “Dog” Chapman. Thank God for Cheadle and South Park; if not for them, people might call us celebrity-starved or something.
So it was surprising to come upon a Denver Film Society email announcing that actor Chris Eigeman will be in town next Friday to show off his directorial debut, Turn The River. Eigeman, it added, is a native Denverite.
Of course! It’s easy to forget that Eigeman was born and raised in Denver before establishing himself in the mid-90’s as the sardonic, motor-mouth of the indie world with films like Noah Baumbach’s Kicking and Screaming and Mr. Jealousy. After all, the whole fast-talking, intellectual sarcasm thingy? Not very Coloradoan. But after ongoing roles in TV shows Malcolm in the Middle and the Gilmore Girls, Eigeman’s face has become recognizable to mainstream audiences, too.
So welcome to the list, Mr. Eigeman. See you in Cherry Creek. – Jared Jacang Maher