Seriously, when was the last time Ben Stiller was funny? Seems like ever since Jerry's son appeared on "Inside the The Actors Studio" with James Lipton, his creative output has been, in a word, lame.
Personally, I've often found Stiller to be a little on the overrated side he always seemed like a "total sum" kind of guy who was just funny enough of a comic actor, just funny enough of a comic writer and just funny enough as a director to keep himself busy and successful in the business. But Stiller hasn't done much of note since 2001's The Royal Tenenbaums, and that was in an ensemble performance. (Is it me, or is Stiller more effective playing the straight man in comedies?)
So 2008 should provide an interesting test for Stiller, who will serve up the comedy Tropic Thunder this summer. (Read more about this and other Summer Guide events that didn't make the print edition of this week's paper, in PopSmart.) Entertainment Weekly reports today that former "Daily Show" correspondent Rob Corrdry has signed on for Project A, produced by Stiller and scripted by Etan Coen. The latter helped out on the Tropic Thunder script that was developed by Stiller and Justin Theroux. Coen is a former "Beavis and Butthead" writer who also co-wrote "B&B's" Mike Judge's Idiocracy. (Eh.)
Do you think Stiller still has it? I remain dubious.
Here's the trailer for Tropic Thunder (which opens Aug. 15). You tell me
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