Yes, that really IS Crystal, who for some strange reason, chose to emerge from a self-imposed live-action hiatus since 2002's 'Analyze That' in an uncredited role as a fairy gadgets expert with a kinky shrinking-powder fetish. If you've seen the trailer or one of the incessant TV spots for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's new family film 'The Tooth Fairy,' then you've probably caught a glimpse of an aged white-haired fellow who looks a lot like Billy Crystal channeling his craggy faced Miracle Max character from 'The Princess Bride.'
Yes, that really IS Crystal, who for some strange reason, chose to emerge from a self-imposed live-action hiatus since 2002's 'Analyze That' in an uncredited role as a fairy gadgets expert with a kinky shrinking-powder fetish.
Crystal, unlike his best buddy Robin Williams, who stars in two or three movies a year, has spent the past eight years breaking out of the big-screen mold. Since 'Analyze That,' he's starred in a Tony-winning autobiographical one-man-show, '700 Sundays,' written three books (a memoir based on '700 Sundays,' and two children's books about grand-fatherhood, 'I Already Know I Love You' and 'Grandpa's Little One'), received the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for Humor, and even hosted the Academy Awards one more time, back in 2004 -- not to mention memorably reprising his role as the Mike Wazowski car in 'Cars.'
Last May, Crystal popped up as Jay Leno's last guest (excluding Conan O'Brien) on what was supposed to be Leno's penultimate episode of 'The Tonight Show,' and last night he returned as a guest on 'The Jay Leno Show' -- coincidentally on the same night his pal Williams got wild on O'Brien's second-to-last show as the short-lived host of 'The Tonight Show.'
So, it's a big-publicity week for Crystal, but it begs the question of why 'The Tooth Fairy'? Perhaps Crystal is an old friend of The Rock or Julie Andrews or director Michael Lembeck, but none of them, according to IMDB, have collaborated together before 'Fairy.' Maybe, Crystal just wanted to appear in a movie his beloved grandchildren could see. Or is it that Crystal can't pass up a chance to wear a white wig and a funny costume, a la 'Princess Bride'?
Whatever his reasons, Crystal is one of the only funny parts of 'The Tooth Fairy' (British comedian Stephen Merchant being the other), but we all wish he'd take a beefier role in something, well, better.