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A wealthy father’s disapproval of his son’s acting career undermines his sudden success.
"The only thing worse than not getting what you want is getting what you want": Oscar Wilde. James Bedford, a struggling character actor, lives in the shadow of his disapproving, wealthy father. Forced to work in a bookstore, he subsidizes his meagre income with a stipend from his father. A chance encounter leads to an audition for the lead character in a low-budget, bombastic, TV police procedural. James lands the role, and finds unexpected fame, and fortune. His new found success does not impress his father. Hoping that time will soften their relationship, James's father suddenly dies. His agent, and his glamorous girlfriend stand by, helpless to stop James's self-destructive mourning. He tries to sabotage his success, and relationships. An encounter with a devoted fan makes him realize what he's doing. Is it too late to repair the damage?