BEVERLY HILLS, California Kip Pardue, known for drama and action movies like "The Rules of Attraction" and "Driven," never thought he'd be so excited to do a romantic comedy. The 27-year-old actor is about to shoot "Chasing Fate" with "The Fast and the Furious" beauty Jordana Brewster.
"I've been making a lot of heavy movies in the past year and I needed a break," Pardue said at a recent voter drive (see "Celebs Go To The Post Office To Deliver Pro-Vote Message"). "It's fun to get back into that mindset of just having a girl fall in love with you."
Well, love stories are never that simple. In "Chasing Fate," Pardue plays a prosperous young man who, after calling off his wedding, watches his ex-fiancée find fame and fortune while his life falls apart.
Veteran video director Nigel Dick (Britney Spears, Backsteet Boys) is behind the lens. "This is his first big feature," Pardue said. "It's gonna be fun."
"Chasing Fate" is due in theaters in 2005, after audiences will have seen Pardue in two of the "heavy movies" he mentioned. The first to hit the screen will be "Imaginary Heroes," which is being considered to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
"It's actually a dramedy, a little bit of a comedy, about a family dealing with the suicide of their son," Pardue said. "I know that sounds really impossible, but I think the director pulled it off."
That director is Dan Harris, best known for co-writing "X2: X-Men United." Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams and Emile Hirsh (who stole the show in "The Emperor's Club") co-star.
"I play the son who committed suicide," Pardue said. "It was a strange, strange thing to kill yourself, not a good thing, but the movie's really beautiful."
After "Imaginary Heroes," Pardue will appear in an even darker movie, "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things."
"That is a really, really weird movie produced by a company called Muse Productions, which did 'The Virgin Suicides' and 'American Psycho,' and it's kind of along those lines," Pardue explained. "It deals with a woman dragging her 7-year-old son across the country and all the horrible things that happened to him. And that's not a comedy or a light movie in any way. It's very heavy. It's about child molestation and the ramifications of that."
Asia Argento, the Italian actress who starred opposite Vin Diesel in "XXX," is directing the movie and playing the lead. Cole and Dylan Sprouse of "Big Daddy" fame are sharing the boy's role, while Winona Ryder, Peter Fonda, Jeremy Sisto, Michael Pitt, Ben Foster, Marilyn Manson and Rancid's Tim Armstrong (as "Stinky") also appear.
"It's based on a book by J.T. LeRoy, [which he] wrote when he was about 19," Pardue said. "It's really shocking and it's his life, so it's a great thing to be a part of."