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From Naked Blue Superhero to Insurance Sales

By TK Burton | Industry | February 2, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Industry | February 2, 2010 |

Not a great title. We’ll start there. Jill and Karen Sprecher, whose previous writing credits consist of Thirteen Conversations About One Thing and Clockwatchers, have co-written the script for The Convincer, which Jill Sprecher will direct. The film, according to Variety, “follows a desperate insurance salesman whose scheme to get a hold of a rare violin leads to unforeseen consequences.”

It’s either going to be one of those grim indie pictures, or one of those quirky indie pictures. I don’t see it going any other way, although I am basing my assumption on a single sentence. That said, there is one thing (well, three things I suppose) that makes me a lot more intrigued — the cast. Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, and Billy Crudup are set to star, and that is a hell of a lineup right there. It’s great to see all of them, actually. Kinnear is always great, and thus I forgive him for Baby Mama and The Bad News Bears. Alan Arkin is Alan fucking Arkin, and makes everything around him better. And Crudup (last seen in Watchmen along with his giant blue dong) is one of my all-time favorite actors.

Incidentally, speaking of Billy Crudup — am I the only one who’s never looked at a Mastercard commercial the same ever since learning that the “…priceless” voice is his?

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