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Spinning Into Butter

By Brian Prisco | Industry | April 8, 2010 |

By Brian Prisco | Industry | April 8, 2010 |

This has nothing to do with Jenny McCarthy’s vagina. At least in theory.

Rob Corddry has signed on to Jason Miscallef’s black-listed script Butter, a modern political allegory set at an Iowa butter-carving competition. Corddry is taking over the male lead once set aside for Jim Carrey, opposite Jennifer Garner and co-stars Ty Burrell and Yara Shahidi.

See if this sounds rich and creamy: Corddry plays a womanizing former butter-carving champion forced to relinquish his title. His wife decides to throw her bonnet into the crock, facing down a 12-year-old youngster in moulding the old Shedd’s Spread. So, Corddry’s Clinton, Garner’s playing Hilary, and the young lass is Obama.

I guess Corddry’s a hot commodity after his time in the 121-jiggawatt jacuzzi, but he’s never struck me as leading man material. He’s funny in small doses, but honestly, I think he’s pretty fucking perfect for this role. Either him or David Koechner, his mildly retarded doppleganger. This feels like it could be the kind of role that projects Corddry to the same level of success as his other “Daily Show” brother in arms, Steve Carell. Personally, I think Carrey wouldn’t have worked.

Garner’s yet to find a successful rom-com vehicle since….maybe 13 Going On 30? Everything else has been a monumental clunker. Can she pull off a Hilary homage? If she can channel what she was bringing in Juno, then yes. This might turn into one big sticky hot mess, but frankly, I wouldn’t have thought Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Klein would have worked in a black comedy about school elections, but hell, that worked.

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