HBO Planning New Documentary About Paul Reubens
One of Sarasota's most famous residents will be getting the documentary treatment from HBO, Deadline reported this week. Paul Reubens will be the focus a two-part project that traces the life of the notoriously private actor and his meteoric rise to fame as beloved children's TV personality Pee-wee Herman.
“I’ve been working with HBO since they were called Home Box Office,” Reubens told Deadline. “I’m honored and excited to continue my long history there. I love HBO, but I’m not going to marry them.”
Reubens' success as Pee-wee Herman was astonishing. It started with the appearances with an underground comedy troupe in L.A. in the late ’70s, then went on to the night-club act that HBO picked up as “The Pee-wee Herman Show” in 1982. Then came two movies, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Big Top Pee-wee, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” with its 16 Emmys, and the covers of Life and Rolling Stone. Football players did the Pee-wee dance after scoring a touchdown. By the end of the ’80s, an incredible 96 percent of all Americans recognized Pee-wee’s name. In 2016, after years out of the spotlight and a 1991 arrest for indecent exposure at a Sarasota movie theater, Reubens donned the famous gray Pee-wee suit again for Netflix's Pee-wee's Big Holiday, produced by Judd Apatow.
The HBO film is the first one to tell the story of his life. We'll keep you posted as more details are made public.