First Look: Kate Winslet & More in 'Movie 43' Comedy with Everyone
Here comes a movie that should really help with the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon (which now has a tool built within Google). Though films like Paris, je t'aime and New York, I Love You have rounded up stellar casts for a collection of short films from various directors, there has yet to be an omnibus with several different directors, an all-star cast and a unifying storyline all in one film. In January that film arrives in the form of Movie 43, featuring names like Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks, Emma Stone, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Jason Sudeikis, Kieran Culkin and many more. Now we have first look photos below!
Here are the first photos from the film omnibus Movie 43 from EW:
Halle Berry, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Kristen Bell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Chloe Moretz, Leslie Bibb, Patrick Warburton, Tony Shalhoub, Jack McBrayer, Aasif Mandvi, Bobby Cannavale, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts and Uma Thurman also star in this film which features directors like Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne , Peter Farrelly , Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk and Brett Ratner.
So how did this film - with an insane array of talent - get put together? Co-director Peter Farrelly explains:
"It’s the brainchild of Charlie Wessler, who produced most of our movies. Never before have such huge actors pushed the envelope so much. Charlie knows all these people. He went to them, huge stars, like Kate Winslet, and she said, ‘I’m shooting this movie, I’m not free for a year and a half.’ This movie was made over four years, and they just had to wait for a year or two years for different actors. They would shoot for a week, and shut down for several months. Same thing with the directors. It was the type of movie you could come back to.”
That's pretty incredible. And to have Kate Winslet doing what sounds like a raunchy comedy will certainly be a sight to see. Farrelly speaks specifically about some footage he showed to Harvard students:
“I spoke at Harvard last year with my brother Bobby. People always ask if we’re going to do a dramatic movie, so we said we just did, with Kate Winslet, and told them, ‘Let’s show a little clip. People were so stunned. I don’t think an audience at Harvard has ever laughed that hard. There’s the fact that Kate Winslet had the balls to just go for it.”
Hopefully the film has the goods to back up Farrelly's hype. It's been awhile since some of these names have ever done a straight-up comedy, so this should be very interesting. Farrelly won't reveal the major plot line, but he said there's plenty of R-rated, divergent storylines including Winslet going on a blind date with Hugh Jackman, only to learn he has a weird birth defect. Naomi Watts plays a bit of a crazy mother who, along with real-life husband Liev Schreiber, subject their homeschooled son to some hardcore school bullying. There's also some sort of politically incorrect coaching advice from Terrence Howard, and a game of truth-or-dare between Halle Berry and Stephen Merchant that involves a turkey baster.
You can read more about the plots featuring the photos above at EW. This shounds like a film that will have to be seen to be believed. We'll all get the chance when it arrives in theaters on January 25th, 2013.