Leigh Singer’s supercuts on Vimeo are always worthy of appreciation but I felt like posting this one in particular after just polishing up a screenplay that contains its fair share of fourth wall breaking moments.
I do take umbrage however with what is considered 4th wall breaking though. An example would be Die Hard 2 when John McClane says”Oh man, I can’t fucking believe this. Another basement, another elevator. How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?”. This to me is not fourth wall breaking. He’s not referring to himself as a movie character or a work of fiction. In writers rooms we refer to it as hanging a lantern. It is used to have a character address the absurdity of their situation thereby maintaining our suspension of disbelief.
What would make it 4th wall breaking
I think if he suddenly looked into the camera and said “Oh man, can you fucking believe this? Another basement, another elevator. How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice? It’s like I am in trapped in a sequel.” that would be sufficient in breaking the fourth wall.
I nitpick to open discussion. Not to be a jerk.