Jerry Lewis Returns to the Spotlight with Lead Role in Indie 'Max Rose'
by Ben Pearson
January 15, 2013
Though Jerry Lewis did important work hosting his famous telethon to raise money for muscular dystrophy for years, it's sad to think that an entire generation is probably unfamiliar with the countless classic films he starred in back in the 1950s and 60s. Lewis' last live action acting work was in 1995, but now Deadline reports that the 86-year-old star has signed on for the lead role in a new indie film called Max Rose from writer/director Daniel Noah. Kevin Pollack, Kerry Bishé (Argo), Claire Bloom (The King's Speech), and comedian (and Lewis' old friend) Mort Sahl are all on board as well. More below!
Lewis plays the title character, a jazz pianist who, five days before his wife's death, discovers that his fifty year marriage to her wasn't as straightforward as it appeared. Reeling and alone, he explores his own past and comes across a strange bunch of characters from an era long passed. Sounds like there might be a hint of Midnight in Paris taking place here (I don't want to spoil that film for those who haven't seen it, but those who have will know what I mean), and it should be interesting to see if Lewis still has the chops to pull of a convincing performance. Hey, if Christopher Plummer can win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at age 82, then anything is possible.