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Josh Gad will play Roger Ebert in Russ & Roger opposite Will Ferrell

09.01.2015

While I didn't always agree with Roger Ebert's reviews, I've definitely missed his voice in the years following his death. That voice is set to return, in a form, now that Josh Gad has closed a deal to star as Roger Ebert in RUSS & ROGER which is described as "a debaucherous comedy centering on two outsiders who defied the Hollywood establishment and made one of the first X-rated films ever released by a major movie studio, having the party of a lifetime in the process."

In the late 1960's Roger Ebert teamed up with sexploitation king Russ Meyer and wrote BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, an X-rated satire that was destined to become a 1970's cult classic, but not before the pair fought numerous battles with both the studio and the ratings board. Will Ferrell is already on board to play Russ Meyer alongside Josh Gad in the Michael Winterbottom directed film.

Gad's involvement in the film was first rumoured in January, but it's taken this long to finally get a deal together.

Source: THR

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11:27AM on 09/02/2015
Wow, had no idea people had such a problem with Gad. I just think it's excellent casting for the roles and I'm looking forward to the flick!
Wow, had no idea people had such a problem with Gad. I just think it's excellent casting for the roles and I'm looking forward to the flick!
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11:05AM on 09/02/2015

Have any of you seen JOBS?

The movie overall wasn't great, but Josh was excellent in it. I do think he's suited for biopics.
The movie overall wasn't great, but Josh was excellent in it. I do think he's suited for biopics.
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2:50AM on 09/02/2015
Thus guy used up all his Book of Mormon good faith a long time ago.
Thus guy used up all his Book of Mormon good faith a long time ago.
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9:33PM on 09/01/2015
Wait, I thought Jonah Hill was going to play Roger Ebert. Was that for another movie?
Wait, I thought Jonah Hill was going to play Roger Ebert. Was that for another movie?
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9:10PM on 09/01/2015
WOAH....Why does Hollywood think that Josh Gad is the answer to all these Bio-pic movies? He is not only annoying but he has developed a massive ego to match...He hasn't shown enough to allow him to get all these roles...agh! I cant stand it.
WOAH....Why does Hollywood think that Josh Gad is the answer to all these Bio-pic movies? He is not only annoying but he has developed a massive ego to match...He hasn't shown enough to allow him to get all these roles...agh! I cant stand it.
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8:36PM on 09/01/2015
I don't understand how this guy gets all of this work. He did one film that made him noticeable (and it happened to be a Disney film where EVERYONE would see it) and now all of a sudden he's getting roles left and right.

Agree with Mr. Vorhees, that Jonah Hill would have been a shoe in for this. I mean, the second picture ALONE confirms that the look is uncanny.
I don't understand how this guy gets all of this work. He did one film that made him noticeable (and it happened to be a Disney film where EVERYONE would see it) and now all of a sudden he's getting roles left and right.

Agree with Mr. Vorhees, that Jonah Hill would have been a shoe in for this. I mean, the second picture ALONE confirms that the look is uncanny.
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8:34PM on 09/01/2015
Hollywood, stop trying to make Josh Gad happen. I find him annoying and unappealing.
Hollywood, stop trying to make Josh Gad happen. I find him annoying and unappealing.
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7:51PM on 09/01/2015

Why Gad?

I don't undersand this obsession w/ Gad. Just because he had a voice in Frozen?
I would have gone with Jonah Hill, that second pic even looks like Hill
I don't undersand this obsession w/ Gad. Just because he had a voice in Frozen?
I would have gone with Jonah Hill, that second pic even looks like Hill
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7:46PM on 09/01/2015

Gad... you mean the worst part of the Billy Crystal show and somehow worst part of Pixels?

This guy did one thing, he voiced a fucking dumbass snowman and he is somehow set for life with roles that other, more deserving, actors should get. He is just a loser who tries to be Seth Rogan with his pot humor and falls flat because its just so forced. We get it, he is fat, he does drugs, nobody likes him.
This guy did one thing, he voiced a fucking dumbass snowman and he is somehow set for life with roles that other, more deserving, actors should get. He is just a loser who tries to be Seth Rogan with his pot humor and falls flat because its just so forced. We get it, he is fat, he does drugs, nobody likes him.
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