I try to keep up on as many television sitcoms as possible, but it is very hard. You see, there are a lot of them to choose from, so when I decide I want to start binge-watching something, I like to make it count. So that’s precisely why Fox’s NEW GIRL was such a huge win. I begrudgingly sat down and watched the first episode, and I was instantly hooked. I like Zooey Deschanel, but the thing that makes the show so great is her co-stars. Jake Johnson, who is quickly rising to superstardom (he’ll next be seen in JURASSIC WORLD), is great at playing a slightly idiotic, self-deprecating anti-hipster. Lamorne Morris is terrific as Winston, with his perpetual sadness and manchild-esque whimsy. But without question, the funniest person on the show is Schmidt. Played by Max Greenfield, Schmidt is a remarkable hybrid of two different types of men. He’s a career-driven egomaniac, obsessed with looking good in a suit, but he’s also an awesome friend, sensitive to the problems plaguing his friends. Greenfield knocks it out of the park consistently.
So it wasn’t surprising to learn that he has boarded a very high-profile project, and this time it’s on the big screen. Greenfield has signed on to co-star in the drama THE BIG SHORT, starring Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Melissa Leo, and Marissa Tomei. Adam McKay, whose previous credits include the comedies STEP BROTHERS and ANCHORMAN, is helming the project for Paramount. Pitt is producing the film with partner Dede Gardner through his Plan B production shingle. Greenfield’s role has not been disclosed. The story was first reported by Variety.
The movie is based on the book by author Michael Lewis, and you can read the synopsis below:
The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower–and middle–class Americans who can’t pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren’t talking.