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Josh Gad eyed for role of Roger Ebert in Russ & Roger Go Beyond

01.05.2015
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Back in August we told you about the upcoming movie RUSS & ROGER GO BEYOND, a film that plans to explore the friendship and working relationship between the late great film critic Roger Ebert and filmmaker Russ Meyer who teamed up to make BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. The film has Will Ferrell eyed to play Meyer and now Josh Gad (FROZEN) is being looked at as a potential lead for the role of Ebert.

While there is no director yet, the script is written by Christopher Cluess (SNL, MADtv). The report also says that while Gad is the top choice for the part, it's not a done deal yet. I’m sure for Gad a role like this, acting alongside Will Ferrell and playing the part of a legend, has to be enticing. I’ve never sat through BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS all the way, it's one of those movies that would come on late at night and you pretty much give up trying to stay awake. I can certainly see why it might be considered a cult classic though; Ebert and Meyer went to battle with the ratings board over the films X-rating. I can’t wait to see that played out; think the "mammaries" scene in THE AVIATOR but with these guys:

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It's shaping up to be a big year for Gad; he can next be seen in THE WEDDING RINGER on January 16, and later this year alongside Adam Sandler in Sony’s PIXELS. Not to mention he’s starring in a new FX series, The Comedians, with Billy Crystal. I think he fits the part well enough, I'd like to see a short list of other considered out of curiosity I think.

Do you think Gad is a good choice to play Ebert? Who else would you recommend?

Source: The Wrap

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11:24AM on 01/06/2015

I would also consider Clark Duke.

Gad, Duke, or Hill would all be good for the role.
The role of Russ Meyer will be played by coach Mike Ditka :)
Gad, Duke, or Hill would all be good for the role.
The role of Russ Meyer will be played by coach Mike Ditka :)
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9:13AM on 01/06/2015

Awesome casting news.

I really hope this is a serious drama. I've read the books, I adored Ebert as a person and I really hope if they get Will and Josh, they don't ham it up. This movie could really be something great for both of them.

I still think most "comedians" like Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler are best when they aren't in "funny" movies. Put a comedian in a serious drama and you will see acting like you could never believe.
I really hope this is a serious drama. I've read the books, I adored Ebert as a person and I really hope if they get Will and Josh, they don't ham it up. This movie could really be something great for both of them.

I still think most "comedians" like Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler are best when they aren't in "funny" movies. Put a comedian in a serious drama and you will see acting like you could never believe.
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9:35PM on 01/05/2015
Jonah Hill would be better..I cant undersand why Josh Gad is getting considered for all these roles
Jonah Hill would be better..I cant undersand why Josh Gad is getting considered for all these roles
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9:47PM on 01/05/2015
You just answered your own question.
You just answered your own question.
9:05PM on 01/05/2015
He certainly looks the part but I'm not sure if Gad has what it takes for the role. I agree with The_Soloist, Jonah Hill should get the role.
He certainly looks the part but I'm not sure if Gad has what it takes for the role. I agree with The_Soloist, Jonah Hill should get the role.
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11:46AM on 01/06/2015
Hey, thanks.
Hey, thanks.
8:22PM on 01/05/2015
Jonah Hill should be pursued doggedly and offered whatever he wants for the role before they give up and move on. Not to say Gad isn't a great actor or doesn't have the right look, but Jonah Hill just seems like the best possible fit and the most obvious. Hill fits like a glove, Gad fits like an OJ Simpson glove.
Jonah Hill should be pursued doggedly and offered whatever he wants for the role before they give up and move on. Not to say Gad isn't a great actor or doesn't have the right look, but Jonah Hill just seems like the best possible fit and the most obvious. Hill fits like a glove, Gad fits like an OJ Simpson glove.
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7:53PM on 01/05/2015
I can easily see Jonah Hill in the role and doing a great job.
I can easily see Jonah Hill in the role and doing a great job.
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