Ensemble films have told dramatic stories, such as The Player and Short Cuts, or been rom-commy like Valentine’s Day, but now comes Movie 43, which tell a series of interlinked tale, but goes for all-out comedy. Indeed, the long-in-development film, which has been guided to the screen by Peter Farrelly, doesn’t even have a single director, as it features numerous helmers telling their own bits of the story – so it’s somewhere between an ensemble movie and an anthology.
It also has an amazing cast, which these first seven images, which come via EW, help demonstrate. In the movie will be (deep breath), Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet. It’s described as ‘not for the weak-stomached, faint of heart, or easily offended. In Movie 43, comedy is served steaming hot by director Peter Farrelly of The Farrelly Brothers (Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber) in one of the most original comedies ever made’
Take a look at the pics below, along with some comments from Peter Farrelly. The movie is currently set for UK release on February 1st, 2013.
”This guy, Anna Faris’ real-life husband Chris Pratt, meets the perfect woman, the modern day Donna Reed, played by Anna. She’s sweet, she’s kind, and she just has this thing: she wants him to poop on her,” says Farrelly. ”That frosting is frosting, and it’s also her thing. Eh eh?”
”Halle Berry and Stephen Merchant play the ultimate game of Truth or Dare. They meet through an online dating service [and later] go to a restaurant,” says Farrelly. ”After some small talk, Halle Berry is sick of it, and says, ‘Let’s play Truth or Dare.’ They start one-upping each other in a very very funny way. The turkey baster is verrrrrrry interesting.”
”It’s the first all-black basketball team to host a championship, in the ’50s,” says Farrelly. ”They’re playing an all-white team, and they’re terrified. Terrence Howard has to convince these 6’8” black guys that they’re better than these 5’9” white guys.”
”Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville are best friends who had a falling out because Johnny was with [Seann’s] girl one night,” says Farrelly. ”To make it up, Johnny delivers Seann a pissed-off, angry, violent leprechaun, played by Gerard Butler. Johnny is trying to tickle him with a feather to get him to sneeze fairy dust to prove to Seann it’s a leprechaun.”
”Naomi Watts and [real-life partner] Liev Schreiber are homeschooling their son, played by Jeremy Allen White, who’s in Shameless, and they think schooling is about the entire experience, including being hazed, bullied, demeaned,” says Farrelly. ”Besides making him study, they’re torturing him. This is one of my favorites, and so funny.”
”Emma Stone and Kieran Culkin are a couple that’s broken up, and meet again in a supermarket,” says Farrelly. ”They cut through all the bulls— in a relationship, but unbeknownst to her, they’re on a loudspeaker. They start getting very intimate. It’s really funny.”
”In this, Kate Winslet’s on a date with Hugh Jackman, and she finds out he has quite a funny and strange birth defect — during dinner,” says Peter Farrelly, one of the sprawling ensemble comedy’s 12 co-directors. ”It’s a blind date. It’s her trying to navigate the waters.”