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You Lookin’ at Me?

Director Peter Weir reflects on the 20th anniversary of The Truman Show, a film so disturbingly ahead of its time it has spawned its own delusion



REALITY BITES Carrey played the titular and involuntary star of the most popular TV show in America.

PETER WEIR KEEPS HIS WEBCAM covered with tape. He doesn’t want anybody watching him.

Can you blame him? Weir, after all, directed The Truman Show, an incisive satire-drama from 1998 that seems startlingly prescient today. Back then, the movie drew acclaim for its imaginative storyline and barbed commentary. Two decades later, it resembles a veiled warning, both as an astute predictor of reality television’s enormous rise and as a cultural forerunner to the age of digital surveillance.

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