It’s always heartwarming to see a film that initially bombed finally get the respect — and the kitschy merchandise — that its deserves. Yes, even when that film is Mac and Me, a 1988 E.T.-rip off known for its egregiously blatant product placements for Coca-Cola, Skittles (Reese’s Pieces had been done already, obviously), and McDonald’s. Because really, who doesn’t want a cute figure or a enamel pin of this crummy looking little weirdo?
Of course, the film’s newfound cult status is probably thanks to the fact that it’s been the crux of an elaborate decade-long prank engineered by actor Paul Rudd, who brings the same clip from Mac and Me every single time he appears on any show hosted by Conan O’Brien. I’ll let you watch the magic for yourself:
And yes, he even did it when promoting Ant-Man. My dude is committed.Anyway, you’re not here for Paul Rudd, you’re here for Mac! Today the Bottleneck Gallery in Williamsburg has unveiled their first collaboration with sculptor Claynext: a small run series of handmade Mac and Me inspired sculptures.
Unfortunately are only 20 of these bad boys in existence, so odds are you’re not going to get a chance to purchase one for yourself unless you’re selected via Bottleneck’s lottery system. But at the very least, you’ll definitely have an easier time picking up their limited edition series Mac enamel pin for $10. Also, I guess you could get yourself a Happy Meal and live vicariously through that dining experience, if you’re really desperate.
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Images: Bottleneck Gallery NYC