HOLLYWOOD — Anyone who has ever spent more than five minutes with Andy Dick has probably questioned the over-the-top comedian’s sanity. But for his latest film — and directorial debut — the former “News Radio” star is milking his oddball behavior and taking it straight to the big screen.
“The new movie I’m working on right now is very autobiographical. It’s about a television actor who drinks too much and gets blackballed from the industry, and then he decides to break back in by directing his own movie,” Dick said last month at the LoveSac/ Pediatric Epilepsy Project Benefit in Hollywood (see “Ben Moody Finds Room To Breathe As He Unveils New Project” ).
“It’s going to be a dramatic, hard-core movie about drugs and alcohol,” the actor continued. “He gets sober, and then falls off the wagon and goes crazy and turns his film into a musical.”
Although still tentatively titled “Danny Roane: First Time Director,” the movie has already wrapped shooting and is in the final stages of post-production. Dick wrote, produced, directed and starred in the flick that will feature a slew of cameos from some of the funny man’s comrades.
“Jack Black is in [it]. He plays God, and I think I’m going to shoot a scene with Alanis [Morissette] where I ask her to play God but she says, ‘No, I’ve already done that in that Kevin Smith film [“Dogma”],’ and I say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, I don’t watch lesbian movies’ — as if Kevin Smith only does lesbian movies,” the comedian joked.
James Van Der Beek (“Dawson’s Creek”), Anthony Rapp (“Rent”), Mo Collins (“Mad TV”), Jamie Brown (“The Notebook”), Kevin Farley (“Joe Dirt”) and longtime friend Ben Stiller will also be featured in the film, slated for release early next year. Jack Black, as well as Marilyn Manson, are still in talks to contribute to the soundtrack, which will be produced by Godhead frontman Jason Miller.
“It’s just a fun-filled cast of loony toonies,” Dick said.
The actor is also lending his voice to two animated features: the recently announced “Queer Duck,” based on the late-’90s TV series starring JM J. Bullock; and “Happily N’Ever After,” a twist on the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tales.
“I don’t even remember what I did in that movie, because I did it so long ago,” Dick quipped. “I think I’m a crazy bunny … or a lizard. Maybe even a beaver. I don’t know. With those animated movies, you do the voice and then three years later, you finally see your character and you’re like, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot I even did that.’ ”
Sigourney Weaver, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. and George Carlin co-star in “Happily N’Ever After,” due in theaters December 31.
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