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04.01.08 37 Comments

Director Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight, Traffic, Ocean’s 11) is clearly up to something.  The cast of his upcoming thriller The Informant includes:

The Soup host Joel McHale, Scott Bakula of Quantum Leap, Mike O’Malley from Yes, Dear (apparently it’s a show), comedians Andrew Daly, Tom Papa, and Rick Overton, and a couple others you’ve probably never heard of.  Oh yeah, and Matt Damon.

Bakula and McHale will play FBI agents working with agri-business insider Mark Whitacre (Damon) to stop a price-fixing scam. The film is based on Kurt Eichenwald’s 2000 best-seller "The Informant: A True Story."

So what’s up with the weird casting?

Although the subject matter is serious, one behind-the-scenes informant said Soderbergh is looking to create a thriller with dark comedy elements. He chose comedic actors who haven’t been overexposed on film, planning to have them play their roles seriously and have a humorous tone emerge naturally. [Hollywood Reporter]

An intentionally unintentionally funny movie; very interesting.  However, I can’t imagine it’ll work without the master of unintentional comedy, Nic Cage.  Unless Wicker Man was intentionally funny, in which case Nic Cage is a genius; a frozen-faced savant.  I’ve already cast him as the lead in my Schindler’s List miniseries, alongside Mickey Rourke, Paul Walker, Nick Nolte, Mini Me, and Olympia Dukakis. 

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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