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Stand-up comics no doubt eagerly awaiting Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin's Stand Up Guys

Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin will co-star in Stand Up Guys, an action comedy that starts shooting in April. Sadly, the three revered Oscar winners will not be playing downsized investment bankers who launch new careers by hitting the comedy clubs on open mic night. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is about "two aging criminals, one of whom has been hired to kill his friend. They decide to enjoy one last night of debauchery in which they hit up a brothel, steal some cars, and evade police, but also face the choices they made in their lives." It’s Mikey And Nicky meets Superbad!

The project began as a spec script by Noah Haidle under the original title Old Timers—a name that somebody must have decided was a little too on the nose. (Pacino is 71, Arkin is 77, and Walken is 68. Presumably Walken’s contract stipulates that the other two won't complain about how the music he listens to is "just noise.") Though obviously, it follows a recent trend in geriatric action capers such as The Expendables and Red, all of which were no doubt greenlit by studio executives who saw Tough Guys on HBO when they were 10. It also marks the first big studio directing job for Fisher Stevens, who made the 2002 indie comedy Just A Kiss, co-directed the controversial 2007 documentary Crazy Love with Dan Klores, and won an Oscar as the producer of the 2009 documentary The Cove, and therefore would appreciate it if you’d stop saying, “Oh, Number 5!” to him in an Indian accent. And of course, for Glengarry Glen Ross fans, Stand Up Guys marks the 20-years-later reunion of Pacino and Arkin; for Gigli fans, it’s also a reunion for Pacino and Walken (though they probably won't be putting that on the poster). The movie's other obvious target audience: impressionists who need new material.


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