SilverDocs: “Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself.”

There are many common nightmares and George Plimpton made a career out of one of the most universal. In the name of “participatory journalism,” a term he coined, he would humiliate himself in public. His specialty was sports. Plimpton pitched for the Yankees, was a quarterback for the Lions, and at age 50, played goalie for the Bruins. He would turn his experiences into successful books, which helped build his celebrity and possibly undermined his writing career. The enormously entertaining Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself does not give a complete portrait of the man, exactly. Close friends and family members would later admit he was a tough guy to know. Instead, the documentary offers a thrilling sense of a curious man who was always moving forward.

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