If you find the prospect of Jonah Hill becoming a certifiable action-comedy star a bit confusing, you’re not alone. However, that’s exactly what the Superbad actor is aiming to do with his upcoming slate of projects, including the new team-up pic Good Time Gang.
Mark Wahlberg is reportedly set to appear opposite Hill as the other half of said Gang, having previously joined forces with another funnyman (Will Ferrell) in last year’s The Other Guys. Hill, by comparison, will be coming off his own unusual pairing up with Channing Tatum in the new 21 Jump Street movie.
According to 24 Frames, Hill and Wahlberg are set to star in Good Time Gang as a pair of “party-happy mercenaries” who get involved in a dangerous case that concerns terrorist activities. Matters become all the more complicated when it turns out one of the duo is personally related to a potential target.
Sources close to the project are describing it as “a new spin” on Lethal Weapon (minus the racial barrier) that will also be heavier on the action than the comedy. Max Landis (son of Blues Brothers and Animal House director, John Landis) is currently scripting the film.
Hill has been working to expand his repertoire beyond the realm of Judd Apatow comedies and similar laughfests over the past couple of years. Between his role in the 2010 indie dramedy Cyrus, his appearance as a mathematically astute executive in this fall’s Moneyball, and his upcoming roles in the 21 Jump Street movie, Good Time Gang, and The Sitter (a semi-remake of the 1980s pic Adventures in Babysitting), the actor clearly hopes to be convincing as something more than just comic relief.
Even though the idea of Hill and Wahlberg joining forces as a pair of mercenaries reads as a bit odd on paper, it’s arguably less of an eyebrow-raising collaboration than Hill/Tatum in 21 Jump Street. The obvious route for Good Time Gang to go would be to have Wahlberg do his usual hard-edged tough guy with a sensitive side schtick, opposite Hill playing the sincere but goofy member of the duo (a la Wahlberg and Ferrell in The Others Guys). It’s possible the film could mix things up by allowing for both actors to play against type (Hill being the straight man, Wahlberg as the goofball), though that doesn’t seem too likely.
While Good Time Gang is also supposedly being fashioned as more of a traditional shoot-em’-up action pic with humorous moments – rather than the semi-parody that was The Others Guys – the two certainly feel similar on the surface. It’s not just the fact that Wahlberg was paired with a comical actor in Other Guys as well, but also due to how that film (arguably) tended to work better as a serious buddy action-comedy than a satire of the genre.
So, depending on your feelings about The Other Guys (and whether Farrell or Hill is your funnyman of choice), Good Time Gang possibly bearing a resemblance to that film could be construed as either a good or bad thing.
Excitement (or disinterest) for Good Time Gang should change once moviegoers get a look at the 21 Jump Street movie, which is expected to be a buddy cop flick more along the lines of Bad Boys than anything else. If Hill proves to be good fun as a butt-kickin’ undercover officer alongside Tatum, then moviegoers will probably be more inclined to watch him do it again opposite Wahlberg.
We’ll keep you posted on the status of Good Time Gang as more information is released.
Source: LA Times