Stiller the One
No surprise that cash cow Tom Cruise would be Bobby and Peter Farrelly’s first choice to star opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in their next production, Shallow Hal, a comedy about the most vapid man on earth, set to start shooting in November. But if you think Kevin Costner or Brad Pitt would be next in line, your future as the Farrelly brothers’ casting agent looks bleak: The writer-directors now have their eyes on Ben Stiller, who also got the girl in There’s Something About Mary. ”Our dream Hal would be Tom, but he’s got so many things going on,” says Peter. ”We love Ben because as a comedic actor playing Everyman, he’s just the best.” Stiller’s rep says that while the actor is aware of the project, ”there has been no inquiry made to him.” In that case, Ben, please send the 10 percent to the address below.
As the new Charlie’s Angels vixens, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore are hands-on, and only hands-on, when it comes to fighting crime. That’s because Barrymore, who’s also producing this kinder, gentler big-screen adaptation, requested that the kitschy chicks not use guns. ”I know this is going to sound strange, but I think it’s cowardly to flick a finger and kill someone,” says Barrymore, who seems to have no problems with violence per se. ”I’m much more interested in…how different the world would be if people had to kill each other with their hands.” Columbia chair Amy Pascal says the studio was happy to make the appropriate changes by upping the martial-arts quotient; as for the TV show’s infamous silhouetted profile of the Angels holding weapons, it has been revamped for the movie’s one-sheet with all three posing kung fu style.
Additional reporting by Tricia Johnson