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In Backstory, Kuzui confirms that Reubens improv’ed the entire death sequence, after she told him “Paul, you just die, figure it out.” It’s a bold thing to say to a former Groundlings cast member who has had literal years of professional improv training, and what results is a symphony of over-acting, as Reubens ducks in and out of the frame, milking every moment of his passing for what it’s worth.
It maybe seems a bit grim to eulogize an actor’s death by celebrating a scene in which he dies, but it feels appropriate in this case… because he never really dies. Just like how Reubens’ work will live on in our memories, and on the screen.