Can I just come out and say that I have a bit of a man-crush on Robert Down Jr? The guy is a living breathing snark factory and I love him for it. If he were running for president – my lack of US citizenship be damned – I would not only vote for him, I would put my life on the line to ensure his scathing wit stays protected from fuddy-duddies everywhere.
But since there’s the teeny-weeny little problem of me living on a different continent, it’s a good thing that Tom Cruise is on the job, as will be seen in new crazy buddy comedy, El Presidente.
The film, which is set to be directed by Jay “Meet the Parents” Roach and was written by Dan “Parks and Recreation Goor will see Cruise (if negotiations go through) as “an overzealous Secret Service agent whose work-life boundary issues get him reassigned to the inglorious task of guarding America’s worst former president, who is a bumbling sleaze. The job suddenly becomes exciting when a threat is made on the ex-president’s life and they must go on the run.”
To quote the ever erudite Larry the Cable Guy: “I don’t care who yer are, dat’s funny right dere.”
Vulture reports that while Downey Jr. is probably a shoe-in at this stage, Cruise still needs to commit to the project. Warner Bros apparently became interested in him after seeing his work in Rock of Ages. Which means that all the Warner execs must have temporarily lost their sense of sight in 2008 as that’s the only reason I can think of why the studio overlooked the last time the duo shared a comedy together in Tropic Thunder, which was easily the funniest thing that Cruise has ever done. And while I don’t expect Les Grossman styled vein-popping, spit spewing tirades (though I wouldn’t say no to some more foul mouthed advice on how to sexually assault yourself), this could still be a hilarious vehicle for Cruise.
Last Updated: May 15, 2012