Michael Keaton, Damon Wayans Jr. and Eva Mendes join Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in THE OTHER GUYS

     September 14, 2009

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Eva Mendes sure likes to keep busy. Since 2007 she has appeared in seven films, not counting the two in post-production or the one she is currently filming. Though that group includes such notables as “The Women” and the direct-to-DVD “Cleaner,” Mendes is still an actress in demand. She has just been signed to co-star in “The Other Guys,” the latest collaboration between Will Ferrell and his “Anchorman” director Adam McKay. Hit the jump for more info on the project.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Michael Keaton and Damon Wayans Jr. will also be featured in the new film, previously titled “The B Team”. This is great news for Keaton fans who were rightfully upset that his recent three-year hiatus from Hollywood ended with a role in last month’s tepid “Post Grad.” He’s got considerable comedic talent and I’m sure McKay will use it well. As for Wayans Jr., even though “Dance Flick” may not have been a high point for film in 2009, he still proved himself enough to earn this role. Maybe he will join Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell and become the latest supporting actor in a McKay comedy to break out.

Of course, I’m excited to hear Ferrell talk with non sequiturs and see Wahlberg send his regards to someone’s mother but I cannot help but notice Chris Henchy’s writing credit (shared with McKay) on the screenplay. Henchy, you may recall, wrote one of the summer’s biggest bombs, the Ferrell vehicle “Land of the Lost.” True, Hollywood does not operate on a one-strike-and-you’re-out policy (if it did Uwe Boll would be long gone) but I think I would feel better about the script if I knew it was another Ferrell-McKay creation. Here’s hoping Henchy hits it out of the park.

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