My favorite bearded comedian, Zach Galifianakis, has joined Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Lucy Punch in “Dinner for Schmucks.” According to Variety, he will play the assistant manager of a mattress store who is dating Carell’s ex-wife. Galifianakis’ starpower seems to rise by the day, as do his roles. More after the jump.
“Dinner with Schmucks” is a remake of the 1998 French film called “The Dinner Game,” written and directed by Francis Veberm. The original film focused on a weekly gathering held by a Paris publisher, where his friends were challenged bring the most worthless guest they can find to dinner. The new version will focus on an “extraordinarily stupid man who possesses the ability to ruin the life of anyone who spends more than a few minutes in his company.” Jay Roach, best known for the “Austin Powers” and “Meet the Parents” series, is set to direct.
Galifianakis is popping up in comedies everywhere lately. Since “The Hangover,” we’ve already seen him in “G-Force,” and he has roles in “Youth in Revolt” (a Michael Cera movie and you can check out its new trailer here) and will star opposite Robert Downey Jr. in “Due Date.” It’s amazing how long Hollywood has been missing out on Galifianakis. I really thought he was going to break out around the turn of the millennium. He was great in 2001’s “Out Cold” and had his own daily VH1 show, “Late World with Zach” in 2002. For some reason, it never happened.
In the years since, he’s cropped up in a bunch of Adult Swim programs, the occasional “Reno 911!” episode, and went dramatic in a small, but great role in “Into the Wild.” I really think he’s the next Steve Carell. Hopefully he’ll get a role that will show his versatility, like “The Office” has done for Carell.