The hierarchy of Hollywood really confuses me at times. As we previously reported Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson are all signed on to star in an untitled comedy by award winning writer/producer/director James L. Brooks. The story focuses on two men who are involved in a love triangle that centers around Witherspoon. Rudd’s character is a “white-collar executive,” while Wilson is a professional baseball pitcher. According to Variety, Bill Murray was in talks to star as Rudd’s father, but the deal stalled only weeks prior to shooting.
With only two weeks before production began Brooks reached out to friend and colleague Jack Nicholson to play Murray’s part, since they’ve already worked together several times in the past, including films that earned Nicholson two of his three Oscars. Rudd’s father is described as a real “blueblood”, which sounds like a role right up Nicholson’s alley. Brooks wrote the screenplay and is also co-producing the film.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Nicholson but, Murray seemed like he would have been perfect casting for Rudd, especially since they share some similar features. Plus, James L. Brooks is a legitimate talent whose done some amazing films, Terms of Endearment, Jerry Maguire, As Good as it Gets, so what’s the problem here? Why would he “lose interest” in a project that Jack Nicholson can so readily picked up? Something here just doesn’t sit right with me.
What do you think of Jack Nicholson being cast as Paul Rudd’s father?