Northern California resident and underground sensation, Jack Rebney, “the angriest man in the world” transforms from an unintended celebrity to a modern day celebrity.
Back in the days of VHS tape, Rebney took his best shot at making a promo video for the Winnebago motor home company. Lousing lines left and right and throwing F-Bombs like confetti, the unhinged rant of the Winnebago rep was completely caught on camera by his film crew.
The outrageous outtakes weren’t left on the cutting room floor. The clips made their way into the hands of the crew and found their way through friends and family until the Winnebago Man developed his own cult following.
For more than two decades all that was left of the “angriest man in the world” was the VHS tape of the salesman that was passed around for amusement similar to the recordings in the Bum Fights peak.
Set aside but not forgotten, the Winnebago Man hyped as one of the original viral videos has re emerged to the YouTube generation.
Jack Rebney is now immersed in the history of pop culture.
Reports on the seething snippet from the late 80’s claim, “today, the “Winnebago Man” clip continues to attract new fans from around the world, including a notable following in Hollywood. The “Winnebago Man” has been quoted in movies and on TV by everyone from Ben Affleck to Alec Baldwin to SpongeBob SquarePants. Conan O’Brien named the “Winnebago Man” video as one of his all-time favorites on YouTube, and Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are) is rumored to have sent out copies of “Winnebago Man” as Christmas gifts. Iron Man 2 features a scene with Tony Stark’s dad, inspired by the Winnebago Man outtakes. There’s even a painting of Jack Rebney – as Shrek – that hangs in offices of Dreamworks Animation”.
The renewed YouTube attention sparked the interest of documentary filmmaker, Ben Steinbaur and he began wondering what happened to Winnebago Man. Steinbaur finally tracked down Rebney residing in near seclusion in Northern California, oblivious to his twenty year trek with fame. From there the film was made.
The documentary will hit the big screen in limited release beginning July 9. Rebney will be making a personal appearance at the New York premiere.
The Northern California audience will have to wait until July 30.
The theatrical trailer is below.
A language advisory is given for those of you watching at work.
For more information visit the Winnegabo Man website.
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