In this special bonus episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen and Devindra Hardawar chat with the incredibly talented Clifton Collins Jr. about his illustrious film career, some of his favorite roles, and his exciting future projects. During this episode, we learned what it feels like to beat up James Van Der Beek, why he changes his name from Clifton Gonzales Gonzales, what it’s like to lose a bunch of weight in an extremely short period of time to prepare for a boxing role, what the mood was on the set of Star Trek, and also, who can play dead better: Clifton Collins Jr. or Samuel L. Jackson? Hit the jump to hear all about it!
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Ben Affleck and Clifton Collins Jr (Traffic, Capote) have been cast in Mike Judge‘s next live action feature film Extract. Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis and Kristen Wiig have already boarded the project, which has been described as “what it’s like to be the boss when everything seems to be shifting around you.” Bateman stars as a flower extract factory owner who is suffering a bout of bad luck. Everything is going wrong at work and his wife is having an affair with a gigolo.
And no, Affleck is not playing the gigolo. Collins plays a factory worker who loses a body part in a freak accident, and is now looking fo a financial settlement. Affleck will be playing an ambulance-chasing lawyer, who one must assume will be helping Collins’ character with the lawsuit. The project is scheduled to begin production on Monday in Los Angeles.
You probably know Mike Judge as the creator of Beavis and Butthead, King of The Hill and the popular cult work comedy Office Space. Fox basically buried Judges’ second feature film Idiocracy, which now appears to be getting a cult following on DVD/tv.
I think a lot of people love Judge’s work because he creates comedy that is very relatable, but in a second person sense. Everyone has encountered a Beavis. Everyone knows a family like the Hill family. And everyone has a job, and most people have worked in an office at one point in their life. I think Idiocracy might have been too “cartoonish” for some, even though the concepts at the core of the film speaks a lot about the current direction of humanity. But I have to wonder how many people will relate to a factory owner?
Crank 2: High Voltage is set to begin shooting on April 28th in Los Angeles and the casting announcements were made over the weekend:
- Jason Statham returns as hitman Chev Chelios
- Amy Smart returns as his girlfriend Eve
- Dwight Yoakam returns as Doc Miles
- Efren Ramirez returns, but as a character named Venus (Ramirez played Kaylo, who died in the original film)
- Clifton Collins Jr. has been brought on board to play Chelios’ nemesis
- Bai Ling has also been brought on board
Crank 2 begins seconds after the end of the original film. Chelios must face a mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered robotic heart which requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.
Mark Neveldine has plans to introduce a new moving bullet-time camera rig which he invented for the production. It should be insane, but what else do you expect from Neveldine/Taylor.