David Schwimmer Going Dark as Killer in Ariel Vromen's 'The Iceman'

November 10, 2011
Source: Variety

David Schwimmer

After playing the neurotic and feeble Ross Geller on "Friends," actor David Schwimmer hasn't had much to keep him busy besides directing Run, Fatboy, Run and providing his voice for the animated Madagascar franchise. Now the director is making a rare turn to the dark side as Variety reports he will play a mob killer in The Iceman, an indie drama from director Ariel Vromen. The film follows Michael Shannon as the titular killer, Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski, a mafia hit man who murdered more than 200 people. In addition Ray Liotta and Maggie Gyllenhaal have also signed up since the project was revealed last year.

However, with these additions, a subtraction was also made since Just Jared recently learned that James Franco, who was part of the initial announcement of the project in September 2010, has left the project. It's not clear whether or not Schwimmer is replacing, but either way, he's playing Josh Rosenthal, a killer who works for mob boss Roy Demeo (Liotta) who he looks up to as a father figure and will do anything to impress him. Meanwhile, Gyllenhaal is supposed to play Kuklinski's wife as the killer is a family man by day before doing his bloody deeds at night. The cast certainly sounds like the most promising aspect of the film, and I'm especially anxious to see how Schwimmer fares in a dark role like this too. Sound good?

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I remember that Mickey Rourke was attached at the beginning to star as Kuklinski but was it for this project or another production of the Iceman Story?

Alex Williams on Nov 10, 2011


There's another competing project called The Ice Man that's completely independent of this project, but there haven't been any developments on it lately.

Ethan Anderton on Nov 10, 2011


Can't picture him playing a serial killer, but seeing as how Kuklinski was a family man it could play in their favor. Exposition of him bringing out the trash and dropping the kids off at school then doing a murder on some schmuck. Yeah nice casting

Richie G on Nov 10, 2011


I read the book, it's been awhile, maybe I'd have to go back and read it, but I don't recall reading about the character Schwimmer is supposed to be playing...I think Shannon will nail Kuklinski though!

jah p on Nov 10, 2011


He was already pretty Dark as Ross in Friends. I'll watch it, he can do the acting thing not badly.

Crapola on Nov 10, 2011


I've seen the HBO Documentary on Kuklinski. Schwimmer playing the Iceman come on your kidding? The real guy was 6ft 5 weighing 280, not a good choice to play Kuklinski. Ill have to see the finished film but I just dont see it at this point. Schwimmer its to far fetched to imagine him in that role.

STARRIDER2276 on Nov 18, 2011


"The film follows Michael Shannon as the titular killer, Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski, a mafia hit man who murdered more than 200 people."

Douglas Ellsworth on Jul 25, 2012

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