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Carell May Have Dinner For Schmucks
Could replace Cohen in comedy remake

14 November 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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Steve Carell is being lined up to replace Sacha Baron Cohen as the star of Dinner With Schmucks, the long-developing DreamWorks remake of Francis Veber’s French comedy Le Diner de Cons.

And, in another development, director Jay Roach – who had been attached to the project before exiting stage left – may also come back on board, as DreamWorks seeks to put the film on the fast track.

Cohen was first attached to the film, in which a group of friends have a monthly competition to bring the stupidest person they can find to a dinner party, back in 2006, following Borat’s success. He was to have played a lovable idiot who winds up accidentally tormenting his host, but his attachment to the film has wavered of late.

Carell, who’s got Get Smart 2, The Beaver and Brigadier Gerard on his plate, hasn’t signed on yet, but he’d be a perfect fit for a role that was once played on the London stage by Ardal O'Hanlon. Watch this space.

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I think that Steve Carell is the unfunniest comedian around. I did not laugh once in Dan in Real Life. Maybe it was the poor story, but Steve Carell was dreadful. Anyway why does Hollywood feels that it has to redo foreign films? It rarely works. More

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In no way should this happen the original is insanely hilarious, and I can only foresee a terrible, mainstream, immature edition coming, in which if it is Carell now, it'll just be him blabbling around about matchstick buildings for ages. If they want to make it, at least throw Danny DeVito into the main role, you can't tell me he doesn't resemble the French lead... More

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