What's with Dane Cook? Frat-Comedy Star Produces Own Movie

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What's with Dane Cook? Frat-Comedy Star Produces Own Movie


Byline: Sonny Bunch, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

It's hard to figure out just what Dane Cook's deal is.

His onstage appeal seems to be unlimited ... at least to a certain slice of the population You would be hard-pressed to find a college campus where Mr. Cook's standup act wouldn't kill.

On-screen, however, things are far trickier. He hasn't starred in many feature films, but they all have one thing in common: Each one flopped.

There was Employee of the Month, the Jessica Simpson vehicle that played for a minute in theaters before hitting DVD bargain bins. There was Good Luck Chuck, the Jessica Alba showcase, which fared slightly better. Next came his foray into drama - a surprising semiserious turn in Mr. Brooks, the Kevin Costner film that did no better than either of the movies with the two Jessicas.

Mr. Cook isn't discouraged, however. His new film, My Best Friend's Girl, hits theaters Friday. Self-produced by the reigning hero of the frat-comedy scene, My Best Friend's Girl wasn't screened for critics - so let's let the star himself tell you how good it is.

This is the first film that captures my essence, Mr. Cook says. It's the first film I produced, so I had a lot of say in the characters, and where in Boston would serve as the best locations and possibilities. It's the first thing I've done, as a whole, that represents my strengths as an actor.

Mr. Cook, you see, thinks that he has been underused thus far in his on-screen adventures.

It's very different from past comedies I've starred in, the comedian-actor says. The funny was happening around me; whereas this ... is the first time the funny is coming from me

It can be hard to determine where exactly the funny comes from with regard to Mr. Cook.

So . …

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