Apatow Takes On Biopics in Walk Hard

And weird cameos.

by | August 13, 2007 | Comments

musical biographies keep sweeping the Oscars every year, it’s about time a
comedian took the piss out of them.
Judd Apatow is
bringing to the screen a comedic version of such hits as Walk the Line and Ray.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox
John C. Reilly
as a musician plagued by inner demons.

"It’s a
pretty remarkable performance by John C. Reilly because he is the guy that would
get that part [in a real drama]," said Apatow. "So he’s doing something
ridiculous but the acting is also fantastic. He really cries but over stupid
things. It’s very funny."

co-wrote with Jake Kasdan,
who directs the film. "They wrote 33 songs for the movie.
Jack White has a cameo
as Elvis and Eddie
inducts him into the music hall of fame. There’s a lot of weird
cameos. The Beatles are played by
Jack Black (as Paul
McCartney), Paul Rudd
(John Lennon),
Jason Schwartzman
(Ringo Starr) and
Justin Long (George
Harrison). Nobody seems at all like any Beatle."

Cox also
reportedly performs a song with
Jackson Browne and
Ghostface Killah during the movie.

Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
hits theaters December 14, right around awards season.