i'm a day late on this one but to be totally fair ----who cares ?
mike danton (born michael jefferson) has a non-contagious case of the crazies and sat down with the hardest hitting interviewer in the nation, nick kypreos. the allure of this tabloid-news story is found in it's lunacy; danton says a lot of things that either don't make sense or entirely contradict previous/later statements ---like how hiring a hitman could be a "cry for help," if he honestly believed that there was another hitman coming from canada to end his life ?
there are more holes in this narrative than a wheel of swiss....
i'm quite fascinated by the tale, largely because i can't help but think of it as the poor man's rise and fall of theoren fleury (and i'm not the only one)... yet, while i find myself pulling for theo to succeed, i couldn't care less about where danton ends up... where i see theo as charismatic, virtuous, and earnest (if not simply a good anectodalist), i see danton as manipulative, deceptive, and delusional..... it's not even so much that i think danton's lying, i just don't know if he can see past what he's been told to believe.... theo is slaying his beasts, while danton is still hiding from them....
sportsnet continuously aired teasers for the kypreos/danton interview, during the flames v. canadiens game on tuesday, and these ads became fodder for the beer-guzzling roomful of people i had over. some of the highlights (lowlights ?):
"d'you think danton'll go back to the nhl ?"
"naaaa.... i don't think any teams are THAT bad..."
"if he comes back, will he actually hit guys on the ice, or will he hire someone else to do it ?"
"maybe they should hire danton to coach the hitmen...."
while i'm writing this, i'm listening to the sportsnet interview ----i'm not interested enough in the character that is 'mike danton' to take the time to actually watch it... plus, he's got one of those faces that an old friend of mine used to refer to as "punchable." i'm sortof wincing at the the clichés.... the one-liner danton uses to describe the entire murder-for-hire situation, "it wasn't a very good use of judgement," seems like an understatement here and unfortunatly seems to be a recurring theme in mike danton's life....
best of luck to the guy, though.