It’s tough out there for an alien in a sci-fi comedy, but thankfully, Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof has some tips for the titular star of the upcoming Greg Mottola film Paul. Lindelof sent an open letter to Paul with a few tips on how to avoid the pitfalls of other sci-fi comedies with aliens. For instance:
1. The camera is always rolling. Seen those ALF outtakes where he seems to think the N-word can be amusing in the proper context? Yeah, it’s not. And where is ALF now?
5. Mac and Me is a distillation of everything risky about this genre: It is simultaneously the fifth-best alien comedy ever made and the worst movie of all time. Just do the opposite of everything they did, and do not, under any circumstances, change your name to facilitate a fast-food tie-in.
Since Paul is coming out on Friday and the promotional materials haven’t been changed to read “Subway”, I think we’re okay on that last one. Head over to GQ to read Lindelof’s other tips for Paul.