There are a lot of reasons to laugh at Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis‘ movie The Campaign, but only one real reason to jump up and down in your seat: Uggie the dog makes a cameo! For real, we were sure that we’d seen the last of The Artist’s scene-stealer during awards season, when his trainers announced the 10-year-old canine was retiring from showbiz. But it turns out, Campaign director Jay Roach booked him just under the wire.
“Uggie retired the day after we shot,” Roach told VH1. “I don’t know what that says about our set. Maybe it’s a source of so much stress that Uggie couldn’t take … or maybe it was what had to happen to Uggie [in the movie].”
We won’t spoil what happens to the beloved terrier in the movie, but once you see it, you’ll know why Roach told us, apologetically, “Neither Uggie nor any infants were harmed on our set. It was all visual effects.” Maybe it’s just that Uggie didn’t quite get Ferrell and Galifianakis’ particular brand of teasing comedy.
“Hate to break it to you, friend, but your balloon is getting ready to pop, and that balloon is full of your own butt toots,” Zach Galifianakis’ Marty Huggins tells Will Ferrell’s Rep. Cam Brady before their first debate in The Campaign.
“You’re such a little turd that when you sit in sand, cats try to bury you,” Ferrell shoots back.
After our my personal experience with the Galifianakis-Ferrell show, I realized it’s very difficult to tell which of those insults came from a written script and which must have sprung straight from their mouths. And I wondered how, if at all, a director could control the hilarious fighting spirit of these two stars.
The parade of sequels keeps on coming, and it freaks us out, baby! It looks like after nine years, Mike Myers is bringing Austin Powers back to the big screen, and annoying British-accented catch phrases back to middle schools. HitFlix’s Drew McWeeny is reporting that the comedian has just signed on for a role in what is arguably his most famous and well-loved franchise. So far there’ s no official word on the plot or director, but it’s slated to be hashed out with Myers’ confidant and former director Jay Roach.
Mike has been surprisingly quiet lately, not offering up any live action staring roles since 2008’s summer disaster The Love Guru. The man of many faces is notoriously picky about which characters he wants to bring to the screen. He’s famously killed several big screen/big budget adaptions of his Saturday Night Live creations, including Dieter from Sprockets and Linda Richmond from Coffee Talk. Even though it seemed like he intended 2002’s Goldmember to wrap up the Austin Powers saga (tellingly ending it with a ‘The End’ placed before the credits), we guess Mike feels like there’s more of a story to tell. Or the bills are stacking up now that the Shrek series is finished. Either way, someone is about to get shagged.
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