We’ve known for a while that comedian Andrew Dice Clay is starring in the upcoming, 2013 Woody Allen film. However he was one of the least visible in terms of shooting, having only been spotted in New York, and not in San Francisco where most of the film is set.
Now Dice Clay has been out promoting his new comedy special – called ‘Indestructible‘ – which airs on Showtime on New Year’s Eve. And he’s been talking about Woody Allen, how he got the role and how he was in fact part of San Francisco.
He spoke to Rolling Stone about getting the role:
I just looked at him and said, “I need you to know that Andrew is in the room, not the Diceman. I know how people perceive me. If you all know is the guy onstage going, ‘Honey, suck my fucking dick,’ you’d think it was some sort of an animal. I just wanted him to relax, because he’s a very low-key guy. He said, ‘Look, we’re doing this movie, and would you read a few pages for me?”
He also echoed the sentiment that this is a serious drama, but the first we heard of how serious:
The movie is a heavy drama. It’s not about comedy. It’s probably the heaviest movie he’s ever done.
He spoke to the Kane Country Chronicle about how the call from Allen was out of the blue:
That’s the funny thing, I wasn’t even aiming toward film again. I was all about the comedy, and then I get a call from my manager that Woody Allen wanted to meet with me and the next thing you know, I’m on the set with Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin, and I’m just thrilled to be doing it.
He told Slate about how Allen discovered him through his work on Entourage’ as well as praising Allen as one of the greats:
Well, obviously, he’s one of the great filmmakers of all time. How long have movies been around, a hundred years? And he’s one of the, probably the top five guys ever. So when I got that call, number one, I didn’t believe it, I thought my manager was kidding me. And my manager says, “No, he saw you on ‘Entourage, and he wants you to know if you’ll come over tomorrow because he knows you were in town.”
He also spoke to Slate about the filming in San Fran, and again the film’s serious tone:
It’s nothing like what I do onstage—it’s not a comedy, it’s a pretty heavy film, actually, so it was real interesting to delve into that. And working with actors like Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin—it’s phenomenal. So I’m very excited about that. That’s a career change right there. I filmed the first part of the Woody movie in San Francisco, then I did the special in Chicago, and then I filmed the second part of the Woody movie in New York. To film on the streets of New York I never got to do, so that was exciting. There’s no place like New York.
He talked about working with Allen at the Huffington Post, and also interestingly dropped that Allen himself has asked the actors to not talk to much about the upcoming film:
He doesn’t like us to talk about the movie, but it’s a pretty heavy flick. It’s not a comedy from what I understand. Woody saw me on “Entourage,” that’s why he called me for this part. He knows who he wants in his movies. If I had to describe working on the movie in one word, it would be “thrilling.” To work with one of the great filmmakers of all time is thrilling. He’s one of the guys I would have loved to have worked with years ago, but there was so much backlash to what I did. I hadn’t done a movie in 12 years, I didn’t think I’d ever do a movie again.
This ‘serious drama’ gets more interesting, especially the deep irony of casting such comic talents as Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K. and Alec Baldwin. The still untitled film will premiere in 2013, and we will keep you up to date with all the details.
Andrew Dice Clay’s new special ‘Indestructible‘ will air on Showtime in the US at 10pm on 31st December. Check out the short trailer below.