Jennifer Armstrong
June 22, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

He may have once told EW that “nobody wants to see me make out on screen with Jennifer Aniston,” but Jeff Garlin is doing the next best thing: costarring in her next film. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star just signed on to play a gruff bail bondsman helping to track down Aniston’s character in the upcoming comedy Bounty Hunter, now shooting in New York City.

Garlin tells EW that he jumped at the role mainly because of the guy playing his fellow bounty-hunter best friend (and Aniston’s ex): “It’s with Gerard Butler — need I say more? He’s the coolest, he’s the best. And they paid me what I wanted.”

Garlin is cramming the project into an already-busy season. His comedy special, Young and Handsome, debuts on DVD July 7 and airs on Comedy Central in the fall, while Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO for another guest-star-tastic season this fall.

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