pt barnum. thomas edison. all part of the show.
The difference today is we get a false sense of connectedness to them.
he portrays the self aware middle-aged cool uncle/dad who is just a little off but trying and responds to fans personally as all celebs do but here the fan girls are mostly men. so it is interesting to see that aspect : they believe he is a bro and he may think so too — but any connection is far more aloof than it seems.