We aren’t experts on this kind of thing, but it seems like a Bill Clinton A-Team 2 cameo is just the former president’s way of experiencing the perks of being back in office: helicopter rides, staring down despots, all the cigars you could possibly want. As Hangover Part II‘s Bradley Cooper tells Entertainment Weekly, when Clinton stopped by the set, getting a photo op with Zach Galifianakis was the last thing on his mind. “The first thing he said when he sat down was, ‘Is there going to be an A-Team 2–and can I be in it?,’” Cooper laughs. “I was like,’‘This is a joke, right?’” Do you remember this man’s presidency, Cooper? Virtually the only difference will be the number of gold chains his cabinet has on.
While Bill Clinton’s Hangover Part II cameo is unfortunately just a rumor, we are completely on board with Bill stopping by or, hell, even starring in the film. After all, if he’s a terrible actor, they can just fire him. The man’s been impeached; there’s not a lot that would throw him for a loop.
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The A-Team & The Other Guys
Call it the A-Team and the B-Team. Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan‘s big-screen reboot of the ’80s action TV series has all the elements present and correct: cigar, that theme tune, “I love it when a plan comes together,” and knuckles tattooed with the words “pity” and “fool.” Beneath the effort to revive a past-it franchise is an action movie which aspires to be Mission: Impossible with a whoopee cushion. Liam Neeson utters every line with the robocall conviction he brought to Taken. As Face, Bradley Cooper takes his shirt off a lot. Some UFC brawler is Mr. T, and District 9‘s Sharlto Copley runs off with the movie by playing “Howlin’ Mad” Murdock as if he were one therapy session away from Hannibal Lecter. At its best, A-Team is choc-a-bloc with cracking action sequences that range from our heroes flying a tank to swiping a pair of money-printing plates from beneath the noses of the Fedayeen. Clocking in at two massive hours, the film outstays its welcome, but much of it is a fun ride.
The Other Guys also has a brilliantly original set-up, with nerdy Will Ferrell and hot-tempered Mark Wahlberg as stooges who clean up after NYPD supercops Samuel L. Jackson and The Rock. The premise literally takes a dive, and the rest of the movie is an excuse for a series of bizarro gags featuring pop culture ephemera like the Little River Band, Wahlberg executing passable ballet moves and Ferrell using his mother-in-law to talk dirty to hot wife Eva Mendes. As with every Ferrell flick, not everything works and everyone looks a little old in the tooth for this sort of madcap thing. In a weak year for comedy, however, The Other Guys brings a desperately needed pile o’ funny.
Extras: Both films feature extended, unrated cuts. A-Team has more deleted scenes and commentary from Carnahan. Guys boasts an advertisement featurette about Michael Keaton‘s character moonlighting at a certain home furnishing store.
- By C. Bottomley