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Despite snagging three Emmys for his work as Ray Romano's older bro Robert on "Everybody Loves Raymond," the six-foot-eight Brad Garrett has failed to reach the heights of movie fame. To date he's snagged only a few supporting film roles, with his most prominent performance being the Easter Island Head in the "Night at the Museum" movies.
That's all about to change as this big guy is about to score big laughs with some big stars in the New Line comedy "Burt Wonderstone" opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, who play rival magicians. According to The Hollywood Reporter Garrett will materialize as Carell's accountant, whom the downtrodden illusionist fires after deciding to reconceive his traditional act for hip, younger audiences.
This will be Carrey and Carell's third outing together after "Bruce Almighty" and the animated "Horton Hears a Who!" and Garrett fits right into their wheelhouse. Although it is a small supporting role, remember that Carell himself launched his movie career with a scene-stealing turn as a possessed news anchor in "Bruce" and this could provide a similar opportunity for Garrett.
Also sharing the stage with these charismatic comedians is hottie-deluxe Olivia Wilde as Carell's love interest, Steve Buscemi as the partner he gives the boot to, and James Gandolfini. TV director Don Scardino will conduct this magical hilarity tour when shooting starts in January, and will hopefully arrive before the rival magician movie "Now You See Me." How's that for art imitating life?