Should Michael Keaton really limit his screentime in Beetlejuice 2?

Some of the most impressive and memorable movie performances of all time depend on the art of deception. You almost never see the Xenomorph in Alien, or Bruce the shark in Jaws. Michael Keaton says he would only have returned to Beetlejuice Beetlejuice if he was allowed as little screen-time as he had in the original (a tiny 17 minutes). He’s right to limit it: too much of a good thing spoils it, and the danger with a belated sequel is always that things are pushed too far for easy pay offs. Keaton’s Betelgeuse is incredibly good fun, but it’s not his film, and the less he’s involved, the bigger his impact.


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