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Ed Helms to star as a pimp in his upcoming Ben Stiller produced comedy

09.02.2011

Even though Ed Helms' first attempt at a starring role, CEDAR RAPIDS, didn't go as well as everyone had planned, the "Office" star is still working on his leading man status. Up next? A remake of the popular French film LE MAC with Ben Stiller producing.

The 2010 French film follows an unassuming banker who leans he has a long-lost twin who's a notorious gangster and pimp. The police recruit the banker to masquerade as his brother to help take his empire down. (Helms would obviously play both roles.) So basically think DAVE but with pimps and hoes.

in addition to starring, Helms would also produce with Stiller who recently produced 30 MINUTES OR LESS with Sony. So far the LE MAC remake isn't set up at a studio but Johnny Rosenthal (BAD SANTA 2) is working on a script.

Despite the disappointment of CEDAR RAPIDS, Helms continues to work regularly with the "Office" returning this fall and the upcoming comedy JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME alongside Jason Segel. He's also one of the lead voices in Universal's THE LORAX.

Source: Variety

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6:37PM on 09/04/2011

I loved Cedar Rapids

It was a wild one. I drank Cream Sherry and laaaughed. John C. Reilly's best comedic performance. The self-referential Wire jokes might not have been very clever, but they were still funny. Stop Hating on Cedar Rapids!
It was a wild one. I drank Cream Sherry and laaaughed. John C. Reilly's best comedic performance. The self-referential Wire jokes might not have been very clever, but they were still funny. Stop Hating on Cedar Rapids!
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2:48PM on 09/03/2011
I hope it's funnier than the original French film, that film was very 'meh'.
I hope it's funnier than the original French film, that film was very 'meh'.
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9:20PM on 09/02/2011

Cedar Rapids was great

i don't know if there's even any plans to release it here in the UK, does anyone know?
i don't know if there's even any plans to release it here in the UK, does anyone know?
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6:37PM on 09/02/2011
Cedar Rapids was bad, but it wasn't even Helms fault, it was just a bad movie. He's a cool dude and will make a fine pimp
Cedar Rapids was bad, but it wasn't even Helms fault, it was just a bad movie. He's a cool dude and will make a fine pimp
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12:53PM on 09/02/2011
Y'know, when an [link] dark comedy like Cedar Rapids doesn't explode at the box office, yet garners a pretty hefty cult following (I've heard very few people who didn't like it, and I ejoyed the hell out of it), I don't think it's fair to call it a disappointment. Hell, it even played at the art-house theater where I live rather than the multiplexes.

This sounds like it could be a perfect role for Helms. At least if it doesn't go completely over-the-top, as some comedies involving pimps tend
Y'know, when an [link] dark comedy like Cedar Rapids doesn't explode at the box office, yet garners a pretty hefty cult following (I've heard very few people who didn't like it, and I ejoyed the hell out of it), I don't think it's fair to call it a disappointment. Hell, it even played at the art-house theater where I live rather than the multiplexes.

This sounds like it could be a perfect role for Helms. At least if it doesn't go completely over-the-top, as some comedies involving pimps tend to do.
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8:10PM on 09/03/2011
I do agree, but I believe the studio behind the film was hoping for it to put up some big numbers. With that said, I do consider it the best comedy of the year to date.
I do agree, but I believe the studio behind the film was hoping for it to put up some big numbers. With that said, I do consider it the best comedy of the year to date.
12:18PM on 09/02/2011
@afwdg99 I think Mike is referring to Rapid's financial income as disappointing. I'm dying to see it and have only heard good things. Anything Helms and I'll watch it, dude's massively underrated but I'm glad he's starting to get bigger work!
@afwdg99 I think Mike is referring to Rapid's financial income as disappointing. I'm dying to see it and have only heard good things. Anything Helms and I'll watch it, dude's massively underrated but I'm glad he's starting to get bigger work!
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12:10PM on 09/02/2011

Sounds Great

Cedar Rapids was disappointed according to who? I thought it was great. I love Ed Helms and can't wait for The Office to start again as well. He also had a pretty big role in those Hangover movies...maybe you've heard of them.
Cedar Rapids was disappointed according to who? I thought it was great. I love Ed Helms and can't wait for The Office to start again as well. He also had a pretty big role in those Hangover movies...maybe you've heard of them.
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10:39AM on 09/02/2011
Reminds me of Doctor Detroit. Count me in.
Reminds me of Doctor Detroit. Count me in.
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10:20AM on 09/02/2011

Cedar Rapids

was an excellent movie.
was an excellent movie.
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4:14PM on 09/02/2011
agreed
agreed
9:23AM on 09/02/2011

Nice

I hope Alia Shawkat is also in it.
I hope Alia Shawkat is also in it.
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