First Trailer for Taylor Hackford's 'The Comedian' with Robert De Niro
"What a shmuck." Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the first trailer for a film titled The Comedian, from Oscar-winning director Taylor Hackford, starring Robert De Niro as an aging stand-up comic. De Niro plays Jackie Burke, who returns to the stage to perform comedy after a long run on a TV sitcom. But things aren't exactly the same as they were in the old days. The full cast includes Danny DeVito, Patti LuPone, Edie Falco, Leslie Mann, Harvey Keitel, with an appearance by Billy Crystal. The film just premiered at AFI Fest and got slammed by critics, with some very harsh feedback making it sound like this is worth skipping. From the looks of it with this trailer, it might be better to recommend Don't Think Twice instead.
Here's the first official trailer for Taylor Hackford's The Comedian, originally from EW.com:
An aging comic icon, Jackie, has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother and his wife, Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul, and the two find inspiration in one another, resulting in surprising consequences. The Comedian is directed by veteran filmmaker Taylor Hackford, of An Officer and a Gentleman, White Nights, The Devil's Advocate, Proof of Life, Ray, Love Ranch and Parker previously. The screenplay is by Art Linson, Jeffrey Ross and Richard LaGravenese. The film just premiered at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles. Sony Classics will open The Comedian in theaters on January 13th, 2017 early next year.