So all you know about Gary Coleman is Diff’rent Strokes and “What you talking about, Willis”? That’s too bad, because at the height of his Diff’rent Strokes fame, Coleman starred in several TV movies. These included The Kid From Left Field, The Kid With The Broken Halo, The Kid With The 200 I.Q., and, my favorite, The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins.
D.C. Collins was a 1984 TV movie which starred Coleman as a kid with a hyperactive imagination. As he goes through daily life, he encounters things that spark this imagination. The end result is a bunch of bits in which Coleman steps into the shows of Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, a M*A*S*H doctor, and several others.
My clearest memory of this film is when Coleman, near the climax, has to work his way down a fire escape ladder. As he does so, he starts to imagine, then tells himself something to the effect of, “Sorry Spider-Man, it will have to wait.” I thought that was hilarious, but I also felt cheated out of whatever Spider-Man segment he could imagine.
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