Since its release last week, LSU students have been cheesed to see screen arts major Rajan Awasthi’s first feature film, "The Rat Man Movie."
The movie follows Rat Man, a hero whose power is... to rat on people. Awasthi, who wrote, directed, and starred in the movie, got the idea for the cheese-loving crime fighter in high school.
"It was an anti-bullying PSA we had to make, and we had this crazy comedy short (film) idea," Awasthi said.
The film takes a more cheesy approach than your average superhero flick, but Awasthi’s humorous writing has resonated well with the audience.
In addition to creating a more silly motif, Awasthi said that he was inspired by how the New York City environment was essential to the Spider-Man movies and decided that Baton Rouge should have their own hero, too.
"Because one of my biggest inspirations was 'Spiderman 2,' which was a very authentic New York movie, I thought it would be interesting to make a movie that's authentic to Baton Rouge," Awasthi said.
The unique movie features cheesy puns, Gordon McKernan, Dean Norris and Guantanamo Bay. The film can be viewed here for free.