Michael Keaton is Underappreciated

Two things.

  1. Michael Keaton starred in the film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) in 2014. Three years later in 2017 he played The Vulture in Spiderman: Homecoming. That is, a literal Bird-Man. Do you expect me to believe that's a coincidence? No, it's genius.

  2. This excerpt from his bio on IMDB:

Keaton was born Michael John Douglas on September 5, 1951 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, to Leona Elizabeth (Loftus), a homemaker, and George A. Douglas, a civil engineer and surveyor...

He began cropping up in popular TV shows including Maude (1972) and The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (1979). Around this time, Keaton decided to use an alternative surname to remove confusion with better-known actor Michael Douglas. After reading an article on actress Diane Keaton, he decided that Michael Keaton sounded good.

He had the same name as a contemporary famous actor (who was also the son of a famous actor) and he changed his last name to be the same as another famous actor ... and it worked! He became a famous actor himself. That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of.

I mean, let alone the fact the he was Beetlejuice, Batman, and a general icon of the 80s and early 90s. Those two things are enough. More love for Michael Keaton, please.