Movie Production Notes: Meet the Cast
(L-r) Allison (ZOOEY DESCHANEL) and Carl (JIM CARREY) in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow’s comedy “Yes Man,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
JIM CARREY (Carl Allen) is an award-winning actor who has been honored for both his dramatic and comedic work. In 1999, he won a Golden Globe Award, for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, for the title role in Peter Weir's "The Truman Show." The following year he won his second Golden Globe, for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, for his portrayal of comedian Andy Kaufman in Milos Forman's "Man on the Moon." Over the course of his career, Carrey has also been recognized numerous times by the MTV Movie Awards, People's Choice Awards, and Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
Carrey next stars in "I Love You Phillip Morris," a dark comedy that was written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. In fall 2009, he stars in "A Christmas Carol," based on Charles Dickens' classic tale, adapted by Robert Zemeckis, who also directed the film. Through the process of performance capture/digital 3D animation Carrey plays Ebenezer Scrooge, as well as the three ghosts that haunt him.
Carrey was most recently heard as the voice of the title character in the CG-animated film version of Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hears a Who!" which was a blockbuster hit.
In 2007, Carrey starred opposite Virginia Madsen in the psychological thriller "The Number 23," directed by Joel Schumacher. He also starred opposite Tea Leoni in the hit 2005 comedy "Fun with Dick and Jane," directed by Dean Parisot and produced by Brian Grazer. The year prior, he starred in "Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events" based on the children's book series by Daniel Handler, as well as in the critically acclaimed drama "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," for which he received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actor.
In 2003, Carrey starred in the hugely successful comedy "Bruce Almighty," which was one of the highest-grossing films of the year. "Bruce Almighty" also marked his third successful collaboration with director Tom Shadyac, who had earlier directed him in the hit comedies "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and "Liar, Liar." In 2001, he starred in "The Majestic," and in 2000, Carrey had the distinction of starring in the year's highest-grossing film, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," based on another Dr. Seuss classic. His performance as the Grinch brought him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. That summer, Carrey also appeared in the Farrelly brothers' comedy "Me, Myself and Irene." In 2000, he was named "Male Star of the Year" at ShoWest.
Carrey was previously named the ShoWest Comedy Star of the Year in 1995 for his breakout roles in the comedy hits "Dumb & Dumber," his first film for writers/directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly; "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective"; and "The Mask," for which Carrey received his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy." He was later Golden Globe-nominated for his work in 1997's "Liar, Liar."
Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Carrey began his career as a stand-up comic while still in his teens. Moving to Los Angeles at the age of 19, he immediately became a regular at Mitzi Shore's Comedy Store, attracting the attention of comedy legend Rodney Dangerfield. Dangerfield was so impressed with the young comic that they began touring together.
In 1982, he was cast on the NBC series "The Duck Factory." The next year he landed his first lead film role in the feature "Once Bitten," starring Lauren Hutton. He followed that with roles in Francis Ford Coppola's "Peggy Sue Got Married," and the comedy "Earth Girls Are Easy," with Geena Davis. In 1988, Carrey made a brief, but memorable, appearance as "Johnny Squares," the self-destructive rock star in the Clint Eastwood film "The Dead Pool."
In 1990, Carrey joined the cast of Fox Television's ensemble comedy hit "In Living Color." In November 1991, his first Showtime Special, "Jim Carrey's Unnatural Act," premiered to rave reviews. He followed with a starring role as an alcoholic trying to cope with life in the Emmy-nominated telefilm "Doing Time on Maple Drive."
In 1994, after several successful seasons on "In Living Color," Carrey gained international attention when he starred in the title role of the smash hit comedy "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective." His subsequent film credits include the sequel, "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls"; the dual role of Riddler/Dr. Edward Nygma in Joel Schumacher's "Batman Forever"; and "Cable Guy," directed by Ben Stiller.
(Photo left: (L-r) Rooney (DANNY MASTERSON) and Peter (BRADLEY COOPER) watch as their friend Carl (JIM CARREY) gets his dance on in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow’s comedy “Yes Man,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo by Melissa Moseley)
ZOOEY DESCHANEL (Allison) is one of Hollywood's most sought-after young actresses. She recently completed shooting starring roles in the film "Gigantic," alongside Paul Dano and in the romantic comedy "500 Days of Summer," opposite Joseph Gordon Levitt.
Most recently Deschanel starred with Mark Wahlberg in the thriller "The Happening" for director M. Night Shyamalan, the hit Sci-Fi Channel Emmy Award- nominated miniseries "Tin Man" and the independent film "The Go-Getter" with Lou Taylor-Pucci.
Last year, Deschanel was seen in the film "Bridge to Teribithia," based on the Newberry Award-winning children's novel, and provided the voice of a surfing penguin, alongside Shia LaBeouf and Jeff Bridges, in the hit animated movie "Surf's Up."
She was also seen in a co-starring role in the "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," opposite Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, and in the independent films "Live Free or Die," with Aaron Stanford; "Flakes" with Aaron Stanford for director Michael Lehmann; and "The Good Life" for writer/director Stephen Berra.
Deschanel's other recent feature film credits include "Winter Passing," opposite Ed Harris and Will Ferrell; "Failure to Launch," with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker; a starring role in the box office hit "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy," with Sam Rockwell, Mos Def and John Malkovich; and a starring role opposite Will Ferrell in "Elf," for director Jon Favreau, for which she received critical acclaim for her engaging performance and remarkable singing voice.
She also starred in "All the Real Girls," for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Lead Actress; "Abandon," for director Stephen Gaghan; "Big Trouble" for director Barry Sonnenfeld; "The Good Girl," with Jennifer Aniston; and "Eulogy," alongside Debra Winger and Ray Romano.
Deschanel made her feature film debut in 1999 in Lawrence Kasdan's ensemble drama "Mumford." She then co-starred with Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous."
In addition to her work on-screen, she has also earned rave reviews for her collaboration with M. Ward on her debut album She + Him Volume 1.
Deschanel, who was named for the male character in J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey, spent much of her childhood on location with her actress mother, Mary Jo, and her father Caleb, an Academy Award®-nominated cinematographer. She credits her father with instilling in her a keen visual sense and great style.
BRADLEY COOPER (Peter) will next be seen in the ensemble comedy "He's Just Not That Into You," from director Ken Kwapis, starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore and based on the popular book of the same name. He is currently at work on "The Hangover," a comedy directed by Todd Phillips in which Cooper portrays a teacher on a bachelor party weekend in Vegas, and is due to begin filming soon on director Michael Corrente's "The Prince of Providence," starring Robin Williams.
Set for an early '09 release are "All About Steve," a quirky tale starring Cooper as the object of Sandra Bullocks' affection, and the thriller "Case 39," in which he stars alongside Renee Zellweger and Ian McShane.
Cooper's other film roles include the romantic comedy "Failure to Launch," starring Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Zooey Deschanel, and David Dobkin's smash hit "Wedding Crashers," starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Cooper's first feature film, now a cult favorite, was the comedy ensemble "Wet Hot American Summer," starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce and Paul Rudd.
Earlier this year, Cooper completed principal photography on the forthcoming feature "New York, I Love You," the American version of the acclaimed "Paris, Je T'Aime"; this film marks the second time Cooper has worked for the Hughes Brothers, Albert and Allen, following their collaboration on the USA Network television series "Touching Evil."
The actor continues to reprise his role on the critically acclaimed television show "Nip/Tuck," and played the lead on the single-camera comedy "Kitchen Confidential," based on the trials and tribulations of renowned chef and author Anthony Bourdain. Cooper's other notable TV credits include the Golden Globe-nominated series "Alias," starring Jennifer Garner; "Jack & Bobby," starring Christine Lahti; "The $treet"; and the "Law & Order" sister series "SVU" and "Trial By Jury."
Cooper made his Broadway debut along with Julia Roberts and veteran stage performer Paul Rudd under Joe Montello's direction in "Three Days of Rain." More recently, he joined the cast of the Theresa Rebeck play "The Understudy," which premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival to sold-out audiences and has been invited to move to Broadway in 2009.
Cooper graduated with honors in the English program at Georgetown University before moving to New York City to obtain his Masters in the Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School University.
JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS (Nick) is known for his diverse characters, from his turn as David Letterman in the highly acclaimed HBO telefilm "The Late Shift" to his performance as the flamboyant Shih Tzu handler in Christopher Guest's comedy feature "Best in Show." A regular member of Guest's improv repertory, Higgins also acted in "For Your Consideration" and "A Mighty Wind." He recently completed work on first-time director Jeff Balis' "Still Waiting," alongside Justin Long, and has two films set for release in 2009: "Dirty Girl," starring Lisa Kudrow, and director Will Gluck's debut, "Fired Up."
Higgins' other film credits include writer/director Jake Kasdan's "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," from writer/producer Judd Apatow; Tom Shadyac's "Evan Almighty," starring Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman; "Fred Claus," directed by David Dobkin and starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti; Peyton Reed's "The Break-Up," with Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston; Dean Parisot's "Fun with Dick and Jane," starring Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni; David S. Goyer's "Blade: Trinity," with Wesley Snipes; Chris Columbus' "Bicentennial Man," starring Robin Williams; and Barry Levinson's critically acclaimed "Wag the Dog," with Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman.
In addition to his film work, Higgins is a familiar face on television, currently co-starring with Molly Shannon and Selma Blair in the freshman sitcom "Kath & Kim." On the heels of his recurring role on the critically acclaimed series "Arrested Development," show creator Mitch Hurwitz co-wrote the Christopher Guest-directed TV movie "The Thick of It," based on the BBC series, with Higgins in mind as the lead. His other numerous television appearances include a recurring role on David E. Kelley's "Ally McBeal," and as the voice of Mentok the Mindtaker on the Adult Swim animated comedy series "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law."
TERENCE STAMP (Terrence Bundley), a native of Bow, London, made his motion picture debut as the title character in Peter Ustinov's "Billy Budd," the 1962 adaptation of Herman Melville's classic novel, for which Stamp earned an Academy Award® nomination and international attention.
Following this early success, he collaborated with some of the cinema's most revered filmmakers, starring in William Wyler's "The Collector," adapted from the John Fowles novel, opposite Samantha Eggar, and in "Modesty Blaise" for director Joseph Losey and producer Joe Janni. Stamp re-teamed with producer Janni for two more projects: John Schlesinger's Thomas Hardy adaptation "Far From the Madding Crowd," co-starring Julie Christie, and Ken Loach's first feature, "Poor Cow."
After journeying to Italy to star in Federico Fellini's "Toby Dammit," a 50-minute portion of the Edgar Allan Poe adaptation entitled "Spirits of the Dead," Stamp made the country his home for several years, during which time his film work included Pier Palo Pasolini's "Teorema," opposite Silvana Mangano.
His subsequent film credits include Alan Cooke's "The Mind of Mr. Soames"; Richard Donner's "Superman" and Richard Lester's "Superman II," as Kryptonian super-villain General Zod; Peter Brook's "Meetings with Remarkable Men"; Stephen Frears' "The Hit"; Richard Franklin's "Link"; Ivan Reitman's "Legal Eagles"; Michael Cimino's "The Sicilian"; and Oliver Stone's "Wall Street." "Prince of Shadows," in which he starred for director Pilar Miro, was awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Stamp also starred with Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving in the comedy "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," for director Stephan Elliott.
In 1999, Stamp's lead role in Steven Soderbergh's "The Limey," which debuted to widespread critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, earned him nominations for Best Male Lead at the 2000 Independent Spirit Awards and Best British Actor at the London Critics Circle Film (ALFS) Awards, and introduced him to a whole new generation of moviegoers.
Stamp can also be seen in George Lucas's global blockbuster "Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace," Frank Oz's "Bowfinger," "Red Planet," the French comedy "My Wife Is an Actress," "The Guest," Disney's "The Haunted Mansion" and "Elektra."
Earlier this year, Stamp starred opposite Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy in the action feature "Wanted." He will soon be seen with Tom Cruise in "Valkyrie," from director Bryan Singer, based on the real-life plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Stamp is also an accomplished writer. He has published three volumes of memoirs, including Stamp Album, in tribute to his late mother, as well as a novel entitled The Night and a cookbook, co-written with Elizabeth Buxton, that provides alternatives to those who are wheat- and dairy-intolerant.
RHYS DARBY (Norm) first gained attention in the United States last year as Murray in HBO's "Flight of the Conchords." This was not a new role for him, having first appeared in the same role on the BBC radio show of the same name.
An ex-soldier in the New Zealand Army and a veteran of ten years as a standup comedian, Darby makes his feature film debut in "Yes Man."
His standup has been described as a sensational blend of sound effects, characterizations and askew observations. His career has taken him from his homeland of New Zealand, to the U.K. and beyond. He has performed his unique brand of humor in places as far flung as Iceland to the Falkland Islands, and in festivals from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to Montreal's Just for Laughs.
After living in the U.K. and the U.S. for seven years, Darby now spends his time off at home in New Zealand with his wife and three-year-old son.
DANNY MASTERSON (Rooney) was last seen in the independent film "Smiley Face," which debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival before going on to the Toronto and Cannes Film Festivals. Masterson is best known for his starring role on the hit television series "That 70's Show," which ran for seven years.
Born and raised in New York, he began his career as a child model, and appeared in more than 100 TV commercials by the age of 16. His family then moved to Los Angeles and, shortly thereafter, he secured his first motion picture role in "Beethoven's 2nd."
Masterson's other film credits include "Puff, Puff, Pass" from first-time director Mekhi Phifer; Sam Weisman's "Bye Bye Love"; "Comic Book Villains"; John Woo's "Face/Off," starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage; Robert Rodriguez's thriller "The Faculty"; the Wes Craven horror film "Dracula 2000"; and "Too Pure," an independent film written and directed by Sunmin Park, which premiered at Robert De Niro's first Annual Tribeca Film Festival.
Masterson's extensive work on the small screen includes his roles as a regular on the series "Cybill," "Extreme" and "Joe's Life," as well as recurring roles on "Party of Five," "Roseanne" and "NYPD Blue." He also guest starred on "Sliders," "American Gothic," "Empty Nest," "Jake and the Fat Man," and "The Tracy Ullman Show."
In addition to his film and television work, Masterson recently embarked on a nationwide tour as a DJ, under the name DJ Momjeans, and is recording an album. He is also an investor in the Los Angeles restaurants Dolce, Geisha House and the newly opened Shin, as well as the high-fashion boutique clothing store Confederacy. He currently splits his time between L.A. and New York.