Pedro: MTV’s Soap Opera Re-enactment Of The Real World

Lindsay Robertson | March 5, 2009 - 8:33 am

Did you ever watch The Real World in, say, the early ’00s and think to yourself “You know what would be hilarious? To re-enact scenes from this show live on a stage, with actors. That would be so meta and funny.” I’m sure lots of people had that idea. Unfortunately, in making their April 1st biopic about Pedro Zamora, the brave, openly-gay man who educated America about AIDS while appearing on The Real World’s third season, MTV decided not to tell his story with the actual hundreds of hours of footage they had. They decided to hire terrible soap-opera actors to act it out. I know this is supposed to be a serious drama, but I laughed out loud when I saw the guy playing Puck. If you’re old enough to remember the ’90s, it’s just too much like a Mr. Show or Ben Stiller Show sketch to take seriously.

At least one original cast member, and surely some real footage is used, but even from the trailer it’s clear that this was a big mistake. And it was written by Dustin Lance Black, who recently won an Oscar for writing Milk. Incidentally, guess what was better than Milk? The 1984 documentary The Times Of Harvey Milk. Actors would go on strike if everyone realized this, but when it comes to biopics, if the footage exists, real is always better.