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Will Ferrell To Play Crazed Racist In TWO FACE, Scripted By X-FILES Vet Vince Gilligan??

I am – Hercules!!
Before Will Ferrell plays John Watson in Judd Apatow's untitled Sherlock Holmes comedy, he hopes to star in “Two Face,” written by Vince Gilligan (“The X-Files,” “Breaking Bad,” “Hancock”). Variety offers the logline:
Ferrell is attached to play the title character, a racist who, after a prank gone awry, develops a split personality.
I guessed one of the personalities is still racist, while the other is really, really racist -- but the Hollywood Reporter reports the new personality is a bleeding-heart liberal. Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here. Find all of the Reporter’s story on the matter here.

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  • July 16, 2008, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Needs a new title...

    by Dominic-Vobiscum

    People will want there money back when there's no Aaron Eckhart in it.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST

    There Their

    by Dominic-Vobiscum

    Homonyms are my archenemy.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Wow, that's original..

    by Aeghast

    ..unoriginal and unfunny.. ..I don't know how you people like Ferrell

  • July 16, 2008, 10:25 p.m. CST


    by Maximillian Roivas

    can't wait to find out what the prank is...

  • July 16, 2008, 10:25 p.m. CST

    i swear i thought it said crased rapist

    by redmotlow

    would have been hilarious.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Jim Carrey move?

    by darthlafollette

    Ferrel trying to become a 'serious' actor? oh boy...

  • July 16, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Is Wil gonna do a Carrey?

    by jingle_balls

    As long as he doesnt resort to the "crazy and lost" type of roles that Carrey seems to choose when he does drama's. Ferrell was alright in Stranger Than Fiction.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Vince Gilligan

    by BadMrWonka

    “The X-Files,” “Breaking Bad,” “Hancock”<p>jesus...that's like a professional chef at a huge food tasting coming out saying, "we're going to have a gorgeous foie gras to start, then coq au vin as the main course, and then I'm going to literally spew hot diarrhea into a crystal bowl for your dessert. bon appetit!"

  • July 16, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Will one half of his face be black, and the other white?

    by blackmantis

    Lame concept.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:38 p.m. CST


    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.

    Yeah, not even Jim Carrey would do this. Hoever, something tells Sam Jackson would be all over this..

  • July 16, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Will Ferrell sucks

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    A LOT.

  • July 16, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST

    They're ALREADY planning a Two-Face movie?

    by Dogmatic

    Wow, and TDK hasn't even released yet! But I don't get why they are replacing Aaron Eckhart with Will Ferrel...not only is that in poor taste as the studio hasn't even seen the public's reaction to Aaron Eckhart's Two-Face yet...but I just can't see WIll Ferrel in the role....seems like a BAD CHOICE to me. Shame on Warner Brothers...

  • July 16, 2008, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Wait a tick....WTF?!?! NOT a Batman related movie??!?!?!

    by Dogmatic

    Fuck this then!!! Fuck anything that has to do with it!!!

  • July 16, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Will Will Ferrell's Dr. Watson Yell A Lot, Inappropriately?

    by Aquatarkusman

    Cause THAT'S A PERFORMANCE I COULD REALLY DIG. Seriously, I've seen funnier footage than the Stepbrothers trailer in puppy euthanasia videos.

  • July 16, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    racist man boy and his alter ego

    by Dijjot

    inept man boy

  • July 16, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    He nees to do ANCHORMAN 2 before I completely hate him.

    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.


  • July 16, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    And While You're At It, Will...

    by Aquatarkusman

    ... stop dragging John C. Reilly into your own personal vortex of unfunny hell. He actually used to be a decent actor.

  • July 16, 2008, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Me Myself and Irene

    by Jubba

    sucked. large. please don't repeat it.

  • July 17, 2008, 1:35 a.m. CST

    I too thought it said rapist

    by troutpencil

    How about that

  • July 17, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST

    ferrell needs to play joker in dark knight 2

    by Prossor

    and two face also

  • July 17, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?

    by Duke of Hurl

  • July 17, 2008, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Me, Myself and Ireallystolethisidea

    by ScottinDC

    No one else sees this as a faggy attempt to redo Me, Myself and Irene? Sounds kind of lame....hopefully it's better than his recent work (Semi-Pro) and Stepbrothers looks awful. Will is quickly turning into a Mike Meyers has-been.

  • July 17, 2008, 5:58 a.m. CST

    The Riddler

    by wilsonfisk89

    About an aging bluesman who must return to the Delta to raise a granddaughter he never even knew about.

  • July 17, 2008, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Fuck you Riley Martin!!

    by davebaxter1989

    Michael Clarke Duncan in Talladega Nights, Romany Malco in Blades of Glory, Queen Latifah in Stranger Than Fiction, Faizon Love in Elf and Nathan Lee Graham in Zoolander. Just of the top of my head you dick. Don't call people racists without facts. This movie will be hilarious because Will Ferrell is hilarious.

  • July 17, 2008, 6 a.m. CST

    Killer Croc

    by wilsonfisk89

    A feel good romantic comedy that spans the globe as two lovers are separated on their honeymoon and must find each other using only their hearts and their intuition.

  • July 17, 2008, 6:09 a.m. CST

    john c riley is the penguin!

    by ironic_name

  • July 17, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST


    by damnationparcel

    years back I remember this being announced as a Spike Lee Joint with Steve Martin set to star. Wonder how much of a re-write its been through.

  • July 17, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Will Ferrell has a superpower

    by ATARI

    Everything he touches turns to shit.

  • July 17, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Warner Lawyers will be all over this like Africanized bees.

    by Uncle Stan

  • July 17, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    20 bucks says

    by Turd Furgeson

    the one personality is racist and the other is a black man.... Man Ferrell needs to take a break, or do something different like Sandler. His movies are starting to suck.

  • July 17, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    This sounds a little bit like WATERMELON MAN

    by John Maddening

    Early 70s movie about a racist white guy who wakes up black one morning. It was really good.

  • July 17, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Two Face SPIN-OFF! YES!

    by PirateEmery

    A Spin-off to the Dark Knight starring Harvey Two-Face! But, Eckhart isn't returning? He's being played by Will Ferrell?<p> Boo...

  • July 17, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    They should re-boot Superman

    by samurai sark

    I was just thinking about it and, c'mon, Superman can't have a kid.

  • July 17, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Finnean's Rainbow?

    by ArcadianDS

    This will only work if Ferrel has a scene where he sings "oh dem golden slippers"

  • July 17, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Soylent, I Don't Get the Use of the Word "Hate"

    by Aquatarkusman

    When you mean "strongly dislike due to its rampant unfunniness, repetition, and phoning-it-in quality." OH MY GOD A BUNK BED COLLAPSED ON ITSELF! HOLY SHIT HE TOLD SOMEBODY TO SHUT THEIR FACE!

  • July 17, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Also, 433

    by Aquatarkusman

    Keenan Wynn turns black in Francis Ford Coppola's "Finian's Rainbow"... personally, I'm hoping for a reprise of The Thing With Two Heads (white racist's head grafted on to a black man's body), so that he can misuse Michael Clarke Duncan again.

  • July 17, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    98% negative

    by gregniz

    You fucking talkbackers hate everything so much, why don't you do something about it instead of bitching all the time.......Oh wait, you people have even less talent than the people you bitch about

  • July 17, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Was Michael Richards Busy?


    Yeah. Busy being a REAL racist!--OOOOOOH SNAP, bitches!

  • July 17, 2008, noon CST

    samurai sark - you're hysterical


    I mean it.

  • July 17, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Ah, I can hear DC Comics' lawyers typing the lawsuit now...

    by SpyGuy

    And to follow this up, Will Ferrell will be starring in CLAYFACE, about a guy whose face can be shaped like clay. And he's a racist.

  • July 17, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Great concept

    by PacmanFever

    I wouldn't be surprised if the movie turns out to be not so great, but who knows?

  • July 17, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    You can count me out on this one.

    by Cotton McKnight

    That's the last thing I want to see. Why? Because the "racist" will inevitably be portrayed as a "conservative". Will Ferrel is as liberal as the day is long so I can guarantee you that he will inject some of that animosity into the "bad" personality.

  • July 17, 2008, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Racism as subject for a movie these days

    by Teddy Artery

    is very, very, very lame.

  • July 18, 2008, 4:09 a.m. CST

    I have a copy of the script "by Vince Gilligan and Spike Lee"

    by Doc_McCoy

    Dated "Fall '96". I assume the "and" (as opposed to "&") means they weren't writing together. So are we to assume that whatever rewriting Spike did will be ignored and this is entirely a Vince writing/directing project now?