Paul Goetz has been in the film business for a while, but he can't seem to get one in the can.
Well, that's not completely true. The "Arrested Development" mega-fan has already had some success on the big screen, notably sharing a scene with George Clooney in "Up in the Air."
But Goetz, a St. Louis-native (Lindbergh, class of '04), wants something more. Namely, a role in the fourth and final season of the terribly funny TV series "Arrested Development."
He wants it so bad, he went a little Tobias Funke on the casting director.
Goetz moved to L.A. to pursue his lifelong dream of acting in 2009. Things haven't gone perfect (though he's no slouch, check out his IMDB profile and demo reel here) and at present he's not able to support himself on acting gigs alone. Word of the new "Arrested Development" season changed everything.
"When I found out the show was coming back, it became very important to me that I try something extra," he says.
He knew he needed an audition with Hollywood's hottest quirk-casting director Allison Jones (The Office, Freaks and Geeks, alsoeverythingpopularyou'veeverheardof). This, as it turns out, is tricky.
Instead of going the normal route, Goetz hatched an unusual plan and sunk what little money he had into a fan-fiction "Arrested Development" series about his quest for a part called "Paul Goetz's Last Ditch Effort."
Check out episodes one and two here:
Here's the really cuckoo thing -- his plan is WORKING:
About a week ago, Goetz received some help from Mr. Tony "Buster" Hale himself, as evidenced by this Twitter exchange:
@mrtonyhale Thought I'd use this one to thank you too. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help and appreciation. I'm in disbelief.— Paul Goetz (@PGLDE) October 18, 2012
@pglde My pleasure!So glad it worked out!— Tony Hale (@MrTonyHale) October 18, 2012
Goetz says he auditioned for with Ms. Jones after an introduction from Hale. He says he read for both "Arrested Development" and "Veep." Whaaaaat.
As awesome as that may be, this is far from a Hollywood happy ending. In true Los Angeles-style, Goetz is still waiting to hear if he got the/any part.
"I'm just waiting, but this one I'm a lot more hopeful for," says Goetz. "This one I tried a lot harder for."
We'll keep you updated if this Goetz everyone is talking about pans out.