Brendan Fraser and Kristen Scott Thomas to Star in Neil LaBute’s SECONDS OF PLEASURE; Colin Firth and Ed Harris May Co-Star

     January 11, 2011


When he’s not starring in terrible family films, Brendan Fraser likes to spice things up with forgettable dramas.  Now that he’s not directing hyper-misogynistic movies, director Neil LaBute is content with disposable crap like Lakeview Terrace and the unnecessary remake of Death at a Funeral.  Now the two are teaming up for Seconds of Pleasure, a drama most likely based on LaBute’s book of the same name, which is a collection of short stories.  Deadline reports that Kristen Scott Thomas is also attached and that offers are out to Colin Firth and Ed Harris.  Hopefully, with Seconds of Pleasure, Fraser and LaBute will both get back on track.

Hit the jump for the synopsis of Seconds of Pleasure.

Here’s the synopsis for Neil LaBute’s Seconds of Pleasure [via Amazon]:

Neil LaBute is best known for his controversial films In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors, and his plays The Mercy Seat and The Shape of Things—which he also adapted for the screen. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. Now, in his debut collection of stories, he brings to the page his cutting humor and compelling take on the shadowy terrain of the human heart. Seductive and disturbing, the stories in Seconds of Pleasure are not for the faint of heart. Each potent and pithy tale finds men and women exploiting—or at the mercy of—the hidden fault lines that separate them: a woman leaves her family at their vacation home after discovering her husband in a compromising situation in “Time Share”; a middle-aged man obsesses over a scab on the calf of a pretty young girl in “Boo-Boo”; and a vain Hollywood actor gets his comeuppance in “Soft Target.” Infused with LaBute’s trademark wit and black humor, Seconds of Pleasure unleashes his imagination in stories that offer unflinching insight into our very human shortcomings and impure urges with shocking candor.


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