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Jay Mohr to Work Magic In ‘Burt Wonderstone’

Written by on December 21, 2011 

Just when you suspect he’s completely vanished from the face of the Earth, TheWrap reports that Jay Mohr will be appearing in Steve Carell‘s Burt Wonderstone. As they report, he’ll play “Rick the Implausible, a magician,” a role that puts him in the company of Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini, and Brad Garrett; Don Scardino will direct

Written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein — along with a little polish from Jason Reitman — the film centers on “a more traditional magic man (Carell) who is dethroned by a hipper illusionist (Carrey) doing dangerous tricks and breaks up with his partner then must find a way to rediscover his love for magic.” TheWrap goes against the grain by saying that he actually “dies in a risky stunt,” but nobody’s losing sleep over the specifics.

Although Mohr‘s appeared in several high-profile films — among them Jerry Maguire, Go, Pay it Forward, Street Kings, and Hereafter — nothing he’s ever done has made some sort of impression on myself. That might have more to do with the films at hand than the performances contained inside them, however. And, to counteract that just a little further, hiring a decent stand-up for a comedy isn’t the worst decision you could make.

Any thoughts on this casting?

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