Whether or not you consider yourself a fan of Russell Brand’s particular brand of comedy (no lame-ass pun intended), Hollywood’s happy to continue their working relationship with the British comedian. Get Him to The Greek has shown some long legs this summer, turning a tidy profit and earning better-than-expected reviews for the comedy. Now Brand’s hard at work on a remake of the 80’s comedy Arthur. This, we already knew. What we didn’t know– and what the pictures contained herein make brutally clear– is that Brand will be playing Batman to Luis (“Fake legs?!”) Guzman’s Robin in the film. See the photos for yourself below, my gentle Examiner readers…
Russell Brand’s had some pretty high-profile gigs over the past couple years, most recently this summer’s Get Him to The Greek, where the British comedian brought back the Alduous Snow character he played in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. That film did some pretty solid box office (and, more importantly, in a summer filled with one horribly-reviewed film after another, it actually did fairly well with critics). Now the guy’s working on a remake of the 80’s classic-comedy Arthur, and if these pics are any indication, it’ll be anything but boring.
Maybe I just haven’t been paying attention to this project enough, but I had no idea Luis Guzman was even in this movie. Guzman, as you well know, is one of the best character actors of all time, and any movie featuring an appearance– however brief– by the actor is automatically rendered 50% cooler here at the Comedy Examiner’s Office. I mean, look at him dressed as Robin in these photos: this man is a God.
We’re still a ways off from Arthur showing up in theaters. In case you’ve never seen the original– which starred a boozy Dudley Moore and a (boozier?) Liza Minelli– Arthur is the story of a New York City playboy with way too much time, money, and liquor on his hands. Just when he’s about to be forced into a marriage with some rich, shrieking, socialite, Arthur meets a waitress who he falls madly in love with. This jeopardizes his fortune, family, and standing– so which will he choose? Do you really not know? You’ll find out when Arthur hits theaters next year. If these weren’t enough, you can head on over to Zimbio.com to see a few more snaps from the set. Here’s a bigger one of the filming:
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