Well, actually, the actors aren't saying anything. As the NY Post puts it: "None of the stars has promoted the film on talk shows or in magazines—which only generates more curiosity about what may the weirdest theatrical release ever."
So what is Movie 43? Simply, it was thought to be the most ambitious comedy title of this year. It is set to either sink like a rock or swim like Michael Phelps. Unfortunately, it looks like there's a trend towards the former, which is truly a shame because "Movie 43" stems from the same genius that brought us "Dumb and Dumber" and "Me, Myself and Irene."
The star-studded cast has been fairly hush-hush about the movie, and we aren't sure if it's because of embarrassment or just because it's too good to let it out before release.
Until now, there hasn't been much talk about it from the stars - but in an enlightening interview with the New York Post, the producers spilled some of their guts.
“It’s hard to visualize,” says co-Producer Charlie Wessler. “It’s not your typical boy-meets-girl story.” When asked about the lack of celebrity endorsement by the Post, producer Peter Farrelly had this to say; “The studio is not hiding it. We knew it would have to find its audience, and believe me, it will.”
And that audience, as Farrelly puts it, is: “Kids, teenagers, 50-somethings who still smoke pot — they’re all going to find something here,”
Now that's not surprising. This is the same audience who has been attracted to the "Scary Movie" franchise (ad nauseum) over and over and over again. And there's nothing wrong with that - it's just pretending to be something unique and original, when really, it's not.
There's no 'comedy gold' here - folks. All we can tell from the trailers is that there's nothing here but a bunch of disjointed comedy skits, meant to shock the audience into laughter, though that's not what producer John Penotti told the Post.
"I just want to reinforce that the movie wasn’t an attempt to shock,”
Which is a pretty tough truth to sell, after watching the trailer. (NSFW)
If you're thinking - 'that movie could use a little more classic comedy, and a little less...stupid' so are we. Well, as it turns out, the Zucker Brothers (Airplane) and the creative geniuses behind South Park both declined the invitation to help produce. And that's a real bummer. Their reasoning might be manifold - the budget for the entire movie was a measly 6 million - and with so many big-box actors, the paychecks might already be spread a little thin.
Now, I'm not saying the movie WON'T be funny - it will be; in the same way that many modern parodies are. But this lacks the witty humor of classic Mel Brooks, Zucker or Monty Python films. It's mostly just lots of "Wow, I can't believe they actually did/said that! I don't know how to process this, so I'm just going to laugh."
The very forces of Hollywood that is working against Movie 43, which releases this month. Entertainment Weekly editor Tom Geier says, "January is usually where movies go to die."
Even the actors wanted out. “But we wouldn’t let them.” Farrelly explains. A policy of appeasement was instituted. “Wait for them. Shoot when they want to shoot. Guilt them to death.” Unfortunately, it didn't work for everyone; particularly Colin Farrell who was cast to play in the Leprechaun-Butler scene.
“Conveniently, he couldn’t make it,” Gerard Butler said. “ ‘Oh, no, I think I need to cut my toenails’ may have been the excuse. It’s like, c’mon, Colin, you saw sense and backed out — admit it.”
We can all hope that Movie 43 is well recieved - because for the price, it seems to be ambitious, perhaps a bit too much so. It seems that now Movie 43's success depends entirely on the gravity of it's silent cast to bring viewers to the theater to suffer through an hour and a half of disjointed jokes about sexually transmitted diseases, Fembots, PMS and boobs. We hope that will be enough.