Posted on Monday, October 11th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
These costumed characters have always been one of my favorite parts of the touristy part of Hollywood Boulevard. I always loved watching the ridiculous and strange costumed superheroes pose for photos with tourists near the Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Jimmy Kimmel regularly featured these performers on his show, and a documentary was even made about the characters called Confessions of a Superhero (watch it on Hulu for free).
In June, Los Angeles police launched an effort to clear Hollywood Boulevard of unlicensed Hollywood character impersonators, making dozens of arrests. In recent years tourists and shop-owners have complained that the costumed characters had become more aggressive and pestered some of the tourists for money/tips. I’ve been around the area a couple times over the Summer, and aside from one lightpole climbing Spider-man, the superheroes were no where to be seen.
Archie Gips and Matthew Hunt decided to make a documentary about the costumed character’s current situation titled The Ambassadors of Hollywood. I’m very interested to see this film myself. The feature-length documentary is set to premiere at the Bel Air Film Festival, UCLA’s James Bridges Theatre (102 East Melnitz Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90077) on October 18th 2010 at 6:30 pm and tickets are available on bSide. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to learn more about the film.