Posted on Monday, September 13th, 2010 by Adam Quigley
Kevin Pollak must have made an impression with his work in Cop Out—the most recent (and least satisfying) of Kevin Smith‘s films—because now he’s been offered a part in Red State, Smith’s tale about a group of kids who encounter “a crazed preacher (based on Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church) who gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘extreme fundamentalism.’”
The offer was confirmed via the above tweet from his Twitter account, which is accompanied by dancing hot dogs. (There’s nothing relevant about that, but I thought it was worth noting.)
If he were to accept the offer, he’d be joining a supporting cast that includes Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding), Kyle Gallner (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Michael Angarano (The Forbidden Kingdom), and Stephen Root (Office Space). Michael Parks will be playing the lead role inspired by Fred Phelps. The Oscar-nominated Melissa Leo (Frozen River) is also up for a part, but has not yet been confirmed as being signed on.
Where Kevin Pollak would fit into this ensemble is unclear, as he’s been known to play anything from the sleazy criminal (The Usual Suspects) to the helpless victim (Hostage). I could definitely picture him as playing the father to either of the film’s young male leads, but it looks like we won’t know until we find out how he responds to the offer. Since he’s tweeting about it though, I’d take that as a premature sign of approval.