Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens' return as Pee-wee Herman? He meant to do that. Judd Apatow helped

Paul Reubens' return as Pee-wee Herman? He meant to do that. Judd Apatow helped

Paul Reubens still isn't sure why it took so long.

For years, the actor had hoped to bring his much-loved creation — the giggly, bow tie-wearing human cartoon known as Pee-wee Herman — back to the screen. With Hollywood dipping into the well of '80s nostalgia to bring back such properties as "The Muppets," "The Smurfs" and "21 Jump Street," resurrecting Pee-wee seemed like a no-brainer. For Reubens, whose initial run as the character had ended in a public scandal, it also represented something more personal: a chance to write a new ending to Pee-wee's story.

Yet for a frustratingly long time, Reubens found it hard to get traction...

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