If you didn’t take notice of Jay Baruchel when he was on “Undeclared” with the rest of the Apatow gang, you definitely took notice when he ran in and then immediately out of the delivery room in Knocked Up. Oddly enough, those few seconds of screen time may historically prove to be the turning point in his career – one that’s been all Apatow all the time for nearly a decade.
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Baruchel is branching out on his own a bit (albeit with Tropic Thunder co-star Ben Stiller producing) with an original character concept called Johnny Klutz. Little is known about the actual story – being written by Waiting…scribe Rob McKittrick – but it involves a main character that is impervious to pain and utilizes that to bring a healthy dose of slapstick back to the screen.
It’s been a really long time since we’ve seen any real slapstick in movies. There’s been a lot of physical comedy in general, but it’s usually not made the main focus in any real way. I promise not to judge the film when it comes out up against the greats like Buster Keaton. That would just be unfair. But I have to say, I’m really excited to see such a historic artform being mindfully brought back into theaters.
And who would have thought blackface would beat slapstick in the race back into the public conscious? I suppose we can thank Tropic Thunder for both.
what do you think? Can Baruchel fall all over himself professionally for a feature length?