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Jon Bernthal Engages In ‘Grudge Match’ with Stallone and De Niro; ‘Walk of Shame’ Fills Out Cast

Posted by , on December 19, 2012 at 10:00 am 

Having been granted a huge favor in his Walking Dead departure, Jon Bernthal is making moves into the brighter land of feature films. It’s fitting that one of his first roles would be Scorsese‘s Wolf of Wall Street, as the co-star will, now, play son to one of that director’s personal favorites — Variety peg him for a supporting slot in the Robert De NiroSylvester Stallone film Grudge Match.

Peter Segal (Get Smart) is directing from a script by Tim Kelleher and Entourage creator Doug Ellin, while the rest of the cast, at this time, includes Alan Arkin (as Stallone‘s trainer), Kim Basinger (as a woman who gets between the two fighters), and Kevin Hart (as the fight promoter who brings them together) — all in all, not bad. Bernthal‘s another solid way of filling in the spots, and this role might even allow the guy a chance to act: his character’s a son reluctant to train a dad who’s maintained little contact with him over the years. You know, drama and stuff.

Its performers remain the one thing about Grudge Match which holds anything of note for myself. I can only suspect many others feel the same way, but a good assortment is a good assortment, and a good assortment this is.

Here’s a longer summary:

Stallone plays Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp, who retired after winning his last fight against Billy ‘The Kid’ McGuigan (De Niro), a passionate pugilist who never recovered after losing his belt to Razor and being denied a rematch. Now an out-of-shape restaurant owner, The Kid longs to be back in the spotlight and jumps at the chance to take another shot at Razor.

Speaking of likely-to-be-bad movies that we’re foolish enough to think might be good because of their casts: Following the signs of Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, and Gillian Jacobs, a press release from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment has announced a large dump of actors for Walk of Shame. There’s no point in beating around the bush, so let us proclaims that Bill Burr, Liz Carey, Ken Davitian, Willie Garson (I was for more engaged when I thought that read Willie Nelson), Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Oliver Hudson, Alphonso McAuley, Kevin Nealon, Tig Notaro, Ethan Suplee, and Sarah Wright are the newest — probably some of the final — members of Steven Brill‘s comedy.

In it, Banks stars as a woman whose hopes of becoming a TV anchor in Los Angeles are thrown into great risk when, after thinking she failed the audition, gets drunk, and wakes up with only a stranger & her phone. It turns out she actually won the job (read that in the annoying voice of a comedy trailer announcer), so she now has to find a way across Los Angeles before the show airs at 5. Along the way, she’s sure to encounter various L.A. denizens played by the actors listed above.

Does Bernthal help out Grudge Match? What do these new additions say about Walk of Shame?


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