Here's a series of photos giving us our first look at an anthology comedy type film called Movie 43, which has a crazy amazing cast of actors that includes Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks, Emma Stone, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Jason Sudeikis, Anna Ferris, Kieran Culkin, Halle Berry, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Josh Duhamel, Chris Pratt, Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Kristen Bell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Chloe Moretz, Leslie Bibb, Patrick Warburton, Tony Shalhoub, Jack McBrayer, Aasif Mandvi, Bobby Cannavale, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts and Uma Thurman. It's pretty amazing that they were able to pull in all of these people for a film like this!
The movie includes several different shorts, each one helmed by a different director, which includes Peter Farrelly, Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk and Brett Ratner. Farrelly talked about the film in a interview with EW in which he gives us a little more insight into what this movie will be like,
It’s the brainchild of Charlie Wessler, who produced most of our movies. Never before have such huge actors pushed the envelope so much. Charlie knows all these people. He went to them, huge stars, like Kate Winslet, and she said, ‘I’m shooting this movie, I’m not free for a year and a half.’ This movie was made over four years, and they just had to wait for a year or two years for different actors. They would shoot for a week, and shut down for several months. Same thing with the directors. It was the type of movie you could come back to.
Farrelly wouldn't reveal what the plot of the film is yet, but EW talks about some of the actors and the characters they play,
...all the actors, such as dramatic movie queens Watts and Winslet, abandoned themselves to pure comedy in varying, divergent story lines with an R-rated slant. Watts flashes some 1980s flair as a borderline psycho mom, alongside her real-life love Liev Schreiber, as parents who homeschool their son, played by Shameless co-star Jeremy Allen White, but completely subject him to school bullying (a bratty Watts with a teenage side ponytail, priceless). Winslet goes on a blind date with Hugh Jackman and learns he has a weird birth defect. Freak-outs ensue. Terrence Howard coaches a 1950s all-black basketball team, giving the players pieces of advice definitely not considered PC. Halle Berry, looking as model gorgeous as ever, goes against type by playing a saucy game of truth or dare in a restaurant with erstwhile Ricky Gervais collaborator Stephen Merchant. Two words: turkey baster.
This sounds like it could be a ton of fun! I'm looking forward to seeing more! Farrelly ended up showing a clip of the film at Harvard last year, and apparently Winslet got a great reaction for her comedy in it,
I spoke at Harvard last year with my brother Bobby. People always ask if we’re going to do a dramatic movie, so we said we just did, with Kate Winslet, and told them, ‘Let’s show a little clip,’ People were so stunned. I don’t think an audience at Harvard has ever laughed that hard. There’s the fact that Kate Winslet had the balls to just go for it.”
The movie is set to be released on January 25th, 2013. Check out the photos for the film and let us know what you think about this film project!