Filthy-mouthed Jonah Hill might want to feast on a bar of soap or two if he plans on wooing the lady folk -- which is apparently next on his cinematic to-do list.
According to Variety, the "Get Him To The Greek" and "Superbad" star is producing and starring in "The Best Thing About Pam Rooney," a romantic comedy to be written and executive produced by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O'Brien. Plot details remain under wraps, though the film is described as a "high-concept romantic comedy."
Cohen and O'Brien are both relatively untested when it comes to screenwriting -- their script "Moving In" is currently set up at Montecito Picture Co. and Paramount with Cohen as director -- but Variety nonetheless calls them out as alumni of Judd Apatow's "comedy factory." The pair co-produced "Funny People" and also worked on "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."
As for Hill starring as a romantic lead -- well, the prospect is certainly interesting, to say the least. Tough talk aside, the actor has tangoed with the opposite sex in "Superbad" and "Knocked Up," albeit rather crudely. That's not even accounting for his unrequited love for rock star Aldous Snow in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," a bromance that'll be further chronicled in "Get Him to the Greek" with Russell Brand.
"Pam Rooney" isn't even Hill's first venture outside of his expected comedy type. The actor has long been attached as a writer-producer on the "21 Jump Street" adaptation. While he might not star in the update, Hill has nonetheless touted "Jump Street" as a genuinely hilarious movie with hardcore action to boot -- or, as he described it, "an R-rated, insane, 'Bad Boys'-meets-John Hughes-type movie."
Still not convinced that Hill has what it takes to break out of his comfort zone and star as a romantic leading man? To you I say, go back to "Freaks and Geeks" and look at awkward teenage Seth Rogen. Cut to today, where Rogen has delivered romantic turns in both "Knocked Up" and "Funny People," not to mention his upcoming action hero role in "The Green Hornet." If Rogen can do it, why can't Hill?
Think Jonah Hill will work as a romantic lead, or is "The Best Thing About Pam Rooney" just about the worst idea you've ever heard of? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!