Apatow Takes On Biopics in Walk Hard
And weird cameos.Since musical biographies keep sweeping the Oscars every year, it?s about time a comedian took the piss out of them. Judd Apatow is bringing to the screen a comedic version of such hits as Walk the Line and Ray. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story features John C. Reilly as a musician plagued by inner demons.
"It's a pretty remarkable performance by John C. Reilly because he is the guy that would get that part [in a real drama]," said Apatow. "So he's doing something ridiculous but the acting is also fantastic. He really cries but over stupid things. It's very funny."
Apatow co-wrote with Jake Kasdan, who directs the film. "They wrote 33 songs for the movie. Jack White has a cameo as Elvis and Eddie Vedder inducts him into the music hall of fame. There's a lot of weird cameos. The Beatles are played by Jack Black (as Paul McCartney), Paul Rudd (John Lennon), Jason Schwartzman (Ringo Starr) and Justin Long (George Harrison). Nobody seems at all like any Beatle."
Cox also reportedly performs a song with Jackson Browne and Ghostface Killah during the movie.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story hits theaters December 14, right around awards season.