Joel Garner: The  ‘Big Birdman’!

Oscar-winning movie Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a black comedy-drama film directed by Alejandro G Inarritu and co-produced by Alejandro Inarritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W Skotchdopole. The movie released in October 2014, stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan and Lindsay Duncan. Recently, andin the 87th Academy Awards, it won in the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography categories.

The story follows the protagonist Riggan Thomson (played by Michael Keaton) who is a faded Hollywood actor famous for his role as superhero Birdman. Riggan hopes to reinvent his career by writing, directing and acting in a Broadway adaption of a short story by Raymond Carver.

There was a ‘Birdman’ in cricket as well. In fact, a ‘Big Bird’ Joel Garner, who at 6 feet 8 inches was one of the tallest cricketers to play Test cricket. When Garner bowled, it looked like he was delivering the ball from clouds.

The “Big Bird” is apt for the Oscar-winning movie poster with a slight change in the title, “Big Birdman!”