Trailer Spotlight: Fool’s Paradise – Charlie Day’s star-studded directorial debut roasts Tinseltown


Charlie Day is having a field day! Fresh out of being in a record-smashing blockbuster that is The Super Mario Bros. Movie where he voiced Luigi, the trailer of his directorial debut just dropped! Day is a great comic actor who’s also a massively talented writer. He’s written for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Mythic Quest series, and this time he sets his sights on features.

Check out the trailer!

Here’s the official synopsis:

A satirical comedy about a down-on-his-luck publicist (Ken Jeong), who gets his lucky break when he discovers a man recently released from a mental health facility (Day) looks just like a method actor who refuses to leave his trailer. With the help of a powerful producer (the late Ray Liotta), Ken helps the man become a huge star, even marrying his beautiful leading lady (Kate Beckinsale). Their adventures lead them to cross paths with drunken costars (Adrien Brody), irreverent unhoused action heroes (Common), unpredictable directors (Jason Sudeikis), a super-agent (Edie Falco), and power-mad moguls (John Malkovich). Fame and fortune are not all they are cracked up to be, and the two men must fight their way back to the things that matter the most.

Stories about accidental celebrities are always amusing and certainly ripe for a rollicking comedy if done right. I for one always enjoy satirical movies that poke fun at the industry, just the title alone is a blatant roast of Hollywood and the superficially glamorous world it represents. The trailer looks like a hoot and boy, he’s certainly assembled quite a cast for his first feature!

The first one I noticed is Ray Liotta and it made me sad that this was his last on-screen appearance 😦 Here are the rest of the cast: Ken Jeong, Kate Beckinsale, Adrien Brody, Common, Jason Sudeikis, Eddie Falco, John Malkovich, Jillian Bell, Alanna Ubach, Travis Fimmel, Dean Norris, Katherine McNamara, Glenn Howerton, Jimmi Simpson, and Jason Bateman. His wife Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who was also in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is also among the cast.

I actually just watched Horrible Bosses for the first time so this reunites Day with his two Jason buddies: Sudeikis (who’s almost unrecognizable with a long wig) and Bateman. Day himself plays two characters here and I find it amusing that he plays mute as one of them as his high-pitched voice can be quite overwhelming, ahah.

FOOL’S PARADISE will be released in theaters on May 12.

What do you think of the trailer?

5 thoughts on “Trailer Spotlight: Fool’s Paradise – Charlie Day’s star-studded directorial debut roasts Tinseltown

  1. It looks like a fun time though I’m way more interested in The Marvels which looks like a lot of fun but I hope it is an excellent film as I can’t deal with another disappointment like Quantumania as thinking about the film has lowered my opinion of it as I reflect on that film as I found more things in that film that I didn’t like than the things that I did like.

    1. I’m very Marvel-ed out right now so the trailer didn’t really excite me. And yes, Quantumania is very disappointing, it’d be a while before I’m excited for MCU again. Plus the status of Jonathan Majors is in limbo now after his violent incident.

  2. I can’t say I’m a fan of Charlie Day, I’ve only seen him in. a few movies. I tried to watch It’s Always Sunny in Philly a few times but couldn’t get into it. But this movie does look like it will be funny, from this trailer anyway. Hopefully the actual movie will be as funny.

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