While we assumed we had already received our monthly casting fix for “Dinner for Schmucks” with the news of Bruce Greenwood and David Walliams joining the cast a couple weeks ago, it turns out that everyone wants a seat at the table for Jay Roach’s upcoming comedy, “Dinner for Schmucks”. The latest addition to the party is Ron Livingston who joins Greenwood, Walliams, and leads Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carell. Hit the jump for more details.
“Schmucks” is a remake of the 1998 French film “Le dîner de cons,” (released in the U.S. as “The Dinner Game”) where a group of jerks have a weekly dinner where each asshole brings the dumbest person they can find and whoever has the dumbest guest wins. Looking at these six cast members, the challenge is in discerning who’s playing a dummy and who’s playing an asshole (of course it’s entirely possible that any of these cast members are neither). We already know that Greenwood plays a billionaire, Walliams is a Swiss banker Rudd’s character is trying to impress, and Carell is “an extraordinarily stupid man who possesses the ability to ruin the life of anyone who spends more than a few minutes in his company.” As for the remaining three, my guess is that Rudd is an unintentional “dummy” because he’s the guest of the banker. I can’t imagine Galifianakis cast as one of the uptight fucks bringing idiots to dinner whereas I have no trouble imagining Livingston in that role.
Of course, I could be wrong on all of this but since I don’t read scripts until after I’ve seen the movie, the above is my best guess. Now the question becomes if any more actors are going to join the cast. Also, I really need to see “Le dîner de cons” so I can do a better job reporting on this film.