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J.B. Smoove and Stephen Merchant get a Hall Pass

02.23.2010
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When the Farrellys are on, they are ON. So their upcoming comedy HALL PASS was definitely something I've had my eye on. Then Jenna Fischer and Amanda Bynes get cast now and I got enough boners to last me till Christmas. How do you top that? You cast Stephen Merchant ("The Office", "Extras") and motherf*cking Leon, J.B. Smoove, from "Curb Your Enthusiasm"!

HALL PASS is about a pair of married couples that are given "get out of jail free cards" to engage in extramarital affairs, which I presume will not end up being all fun and games. Owen Wilson, playing the role of "Rick", is already attached as the lead along with SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis, who plays "Fred". Merchant and Smoove will play Rick and Fred's buddies who tag along for the hijinks.

The movie is set to start shooting today in Atlanta, GA and is expected to be released sometime next year. Merchant has CEMETERY JUNCTION coming up with his co-writer and co-director Ricky Gervais, as well as a starring role in John Landis's BURKE AND HARE opposite Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis. Smoove just recently wrapped the Shawn Levy-directed DATE NIGHT.
Extra Tidbit: The Best of Leon Black
Source: THR

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8:17PM on 02/23/2010

J.B. Smoove!

I got a chance to see J.B. do stand up at the comedy store in Hollywood last month. He was incredible. My stomach hurt from laughing so damn hard the entire show. He's my favorite comic right now.
I got a chance to see J.B. do stand up at the comedy store in Hollywood last month. He was incredible. My stomach hurt from laughing so damn hard the entire show. He's my favorite comic right now.
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8:13PM on 02/23/2010
I never would have expected Stephen Merchant in a Farrelly Bros movie.

Leon is one of the funniest TV characters of all time.
I never would have expected Stephen Merchant in a Farrelly Bros movie.

Leon is one of the funniest TV characters of all time.
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9:00AM on 02/23/2010

He did have one scene in the offie

He was the oggmonster
He was the oggmonster
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8:50AM on 02/23/2010

Merchant

Merchant co-wrote The Office with Ricky Gervais, but he wasn't actually in it at all, only Extras. So really that credit shouldn't have "The Office" in it at all.
Merchant co-wrote The Office with Ricky Gervais, but he wasn't actually in it at all, only Extras. So really that credit shouldn't have "The Office" in it at all.
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7:35AM on 02/23/2010

Merchant

Funnier than Gervais? I think so.
Funnier than Gervais? I think so.
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