Exclusive: John C. Reilly Gives Us Some Cox Across America

FSR was on location at Cleveland’s Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame to speak with actor John C. Reilly and director Jake Kasdan about their new movie, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Reilly arrived in character, walking down the red carpet with rock star bravado. Like Elvis would have in his prime he swaggered down the red carpet, poking fun at how the size of the cameras tapered down as he moved further down the press line. He even looked at one journalist, pointed and asked “What kind of camera is that? It looks like a calculator!”

Seeing John C. Reilly in his element is truly entertaining. He was playing to the crowd and giving a real rock concert type show. Director Jake Kasdan made his way down to us to say that he liked the name of the site, but who doesn’t… what can we say? When asked about what it has been like working with Producer and Writer Judd Apatow throughout his career, he simply told us that “It is always better to be working with Judd, than not with Judd.”

In regards to the “Cox Across America Tour”, we wanted to know if the tour was just for publicity or could we expect to see some of the footage at a later date. Kasdan told us that the tour is not just for publicity and there could be some footage of the tour on the DVD depending on the quality of the material — which based on the performance by Mr. Cox, leads us to believe that this material will be all over the DVD release. The night was certainly filled with jokes about Cox — so much so that Kasdan even got into the act. When asked about what it has been like working with a “larger than life” character in Cox, he responded by saying that he worked hard at “extending the legacy” of the domineering diva.

Not only was the night full of laughs, but there was also a concert to be had. Performing songs from the film’s soundtrack, Reilly was as some would say flawless, taking time between tracks to engage in banter with the ruckus crowd. When someone yelled out “Mike Honcho”, Reilly responded, “he must have been watching some Gay Porn.” He was a man on fire, a true legend in his own mind, and the crowd ate up every minute of it. If this tour gives us an idea of what to expect from the film, I think we can safely say that we are all going to be yearning for a little bit of Cox.

Take a look at some of our Exclusive Photos from the event below! Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is in theaters December 21, 2007. For more info on the “Cox Across America Tour” visit the film’s official site.

John C. Reilly as Dewey Cox

Walk Hard Director Jake Kasdan

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