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Jerry Lewis may have been shockingly and unceremoniously dumped from his famous Muscular Dystrophy telethon last year, but it turns out the legendary comedian and curmudgeon has been putting his newfound free time to good use — he's been planning his comeback.
Yes, that's right: According to CinemaBlend, Lewis has just signed on to the new indie drama "Max Rose," which will mark his first big screen role since 1995.
Lewis, of course, was once one of America's biggest stars, appearing in dozens of blockbuster comedy hits in the 1950s and '60s, mostly alongside Dean Martin. All stars eventually fade, however, and other than a few television appearances and minor film cameos, Lewis has mostly kept to himself since Martin Scorsese's 1983 cult classic "The King of Comedy."
Thirty years later, however, he's back at the ripe age of 87. So just what is "Max Rose" all about? Directed by indie auteur Daniel Noah ("indie auteur" is a fancy way of saying you've never heard of him), "Max Rose" tells the story of an old man (that's Lewis) who discovers a terrible secret about his dying wife that makes him question everything in his life.
It should be interesting, to say the least. Welcome back, Jerry.