The '80s was an era of excess in cinema and on television, a direct response to the grit and unpolished appearance of projects produced by Hollywood in the '70s. The interest in science fiction and genre productions as a whole remained, but a tug-of-war existed between big-budget blockbusters and other sorts of movies where actors could stretch their range. Squid Game
, with its emphasis on interpersonal issues, social commentary, and horrific deaths, would have been populated by a variety of actors both established and up-and-coming.
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The '80s was also the era where comedians like Michael Keaton
played Batman, and a chance was taken on a foul-mouthed comic like Eddie Murphy
to lead a cop franchise. Squid Game
would have been part of studio risk-taking, but the payoff would have been worth it at