Daniel Stern has been largely absent from the public eye in recent years, only making occasional appearances in film or television.
That has changed with his recent appearance in Hulu's Shrill.
He is well known for playing the burglar Marvin "Marv" Merchants in the Home Alone franchise (alongside Joe Pesci as fellow burglar Harry Lime), as well as his role as Phil Berquist in City Slickers.
He also appeared in the 1989 science fiction horror movie Leviathan as Buzz 'Sixpack' Parrish.
Most recently, Stern showed up in Hulu's hit new comedy Shrill as Bill Easton, main character Annie's father. Shrill follows the life of Annie Easton (played by SNL's Aidy Bryant), who is "a full-figured woman who wants to change her life -- but not her body."
Twitter was calling for a "Sternaissance" after Stern's recent appearance on Shrill.
His quality performances have many convinced that it is time for us to start seeing more of the actor.
From his appearance in “Shrill” to the C.H.U.D. and HOME ALONE references in US, it’s never been clearer that now i… https://t.co/7TWeTgPfBY— Patrick Monahan (@Patrick Monahan) 1553375141.0
I knew Shrill was gonna be dope but then I saw Marv is Annie’s dad and heard a Still Woozy song on it and I wanna a… https://t.co/zQcXZxZb2Q— 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚞𝚕𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚠 (@𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚞𝚕𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚠) 1552758012.0
Twitter was in love with his acting.
@MrCamW And he's so good in it. Very lived in performance.— Hollis Whelan (@Hollis Whelan) 1553430392.0
Watching @ShrillOnHulu while eating my lunch. @RealDanielStern me spit my sandwich across the room. I hope I can fi… https://t.co/GOVY9zoH3w— Katie Von Till (@Katie Von Till) 1553289557.0
Several people started throwing around ideas for titles and scripts.
@pattymo A "Rise of the Wet Bandits" Home Alone prequel where Daniel Stern does the voiceover for Young Marv's inner thoughts.— Rob Wesley (@Rob Wesley) 1553375925.0
@eastwes @pattymo “Rise of the Wet Bandits” is the best title for anything I’ve ever heard— That’s Nanotainment (@That’s Nanotainment) 1553384746.0
@eastwes @pattymo 🤔 “The Plunder Years” 😉— Nikki (@Nikki) 1553408679.0
Stern is set to appear in James vs. His Future Self later this year, so maybe we will get the "Sternaissance" everyone is hoping for.
"When an uptight time-travelling obsessed young scientist is visited by his nihilistic future self, he's told that he needs to give up his dream of becoming the world's first time traveler, or else. But when he won't go along with the plan, it becomes a wicked battle of man versus himself - literally."
People also cited his other roles in films such as City Slickers and Home Alone.
@pattymo His work in City Slickers is also quite good— Tom in Calgary (@Tom in Calgary) 1553375282.0
@pattymo I don't remember ever laughing harder as a child than I did at this sequence. https://t.co/Pg1th901ew— Chris Jackson (@Chris Jackson) 1553375346.0
@ChrisCJackson @pattymo As a child? I'm 41 now and still laugh hard at this— Robert Hackney (@Robert Hackney) 1553396878.0
James vs. His Future Self is currently in post-production, so it's only a matter of time before we get to see more of Stern's exemplary acting. Only time will tell if a "Sternaissance" is in the cards or not.