Fox 4's Shawn Edwards isn't just a blurb whore 

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Art is the concern of critics, and Edwards will be the first to tell you that he's something else.

Back in the Channel 4 studio, Edwards lunges forward in his chair, shouting "Speed Racer"!

He's just been asked what movies he's most looking forward to this year. A studio worker in the hall looks up. The young woman working the TV camera smiles.

"And Iron Man looks good," Edwards says. "But I am not looking forward to the new Indiana Jones at all. At all!" He slaps his hand to the arm of his chair but he looks a little sad. Concerned, maybe. "I'm telling you here first, I think the new Indiana Jones is going to be a flop."

He continues: "But I am curious to see the new Hulk. I didn't think the first Hulk was that bad, but people don't want a psychological study of their super­heroes. They just want the Hulk to get mad, turn green, tear stuff up. About four or five times in the movie: Get mad, turn green, tear stuff up. Get mad, turn green, tear stuff up, and you've got a hit!"

He's getting louder.

"I don't need to know why. I don't even need to know how he got like that. All I need to know is, if you make him mad, he's going to turn green and tear stuff up."

He rises in his chair. "That's a hit! That's $250 million! I don't need the backstory! I don't care about his daddy, his family — I don't need all that! That's what killed Spider-Man!"

The sound guy is laughing.

Really going now, his own laughter rolling under his words, Edwards starts giving advice: "You are Spider-Man! You live in New York! You can climb buildings! You can have any woman you want! You just fly her around with that web thing, and you're good for at least six weeks. You don't have to clean the dishes. You don't have to take out the trash — why you tripping on Mary Jane, Spider-Man?"

He settles down for a moment.

The studio worker is still laughing.

Is he always like this?

"Always," says the studio worker.

But Edwards is already on to something else.

"And I almost forgot! The biggest movie of the year — The Dark Knight!"

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