Hugh Jackman Interested in a Quirky Comedy - Avon Man?
by Alex Billington
July 15, 2009
So where do go next with your career when coming off of hosting the Oscars and playing a jacked superhero for the fourth time? Well, first to Broadway, for a short time on stage alongside of Daniel Craig. Then how about to a high concept comedy from the same guy who wrote Hitch? Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has acquired Avon Man, a comedy pitch from writer Kevin Bisch, who's only credit is Hitch, besides being first assistant director on some short called White Light. Hugh Jackman might star as the main character - a car salesman who loses his job and turns reluctantly to the sales of Avon cosmetics to make ends meet.
This recession comedy apparently has a Full Monty vibe to it because Jackman's character sets out to save his financially strapped family and town by enlisting his buddies into the makeup business to win a regional contest. I'm sorry but, I don't want to see Hugh Jackman starring in Full Monty or a Full Monty-like movie, at all. He should be back butting heads with the execs at Fox trying to convince them to reboot the next Wolverine sequel with a better screenwriter, not taking on comedies like this. Besides animated movies, he hasn't done a real comedy since, I guess, Scoop in 2006. But maybe that's exactly why he wants to do this?