November 19th, 2010
01:19 PM ET
He's a comedian, so we thought Dane Cook was joking when he tweeted this late Thursday: "I promised unexpected twists & turns right? I'm making my debut on Broadway this spring In the Neil LaBute play Fat Pig. Beyond excited."
Turns out, the stand-up sensation was serious. Cook will be expanding his acting career with the role of Carter in LaBute's "Fat Pig" on Broadway this spring. Didn't know Cook even had an acting career? You must have missed the blockbusters "Good Luck Chuck" with Jessica Alba and "My Best Friend's Girl" with Kate Hudson. (It's ok, us too.)
All kidding aside, "Fat Pig" is a critically-acclaimed project that should put Cook's natural comedic talent to good use. The show tells the story of Tom, played by Josh Hamilton, a bachelor who falls for plus-sized beauty, Helen. Tom is happy in his new relationship until the cruel jokes of his friend Carter (Cook) and an ex-girlfriend, force him to question his values.
This is LaBute's Broadway directorial debut, although he directed "Fat Pig" in its London premiere, receiving an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Comedy.
"The text of the play has been seasoned over the past five years by both my experience and the continuing struggle for acceptance of people in the world around me who fall outside of mainstream, classic definitions" LaBute said. "I'm also extremely eager to get into rehearsal with Dane and Josh. The ability to cater to your actors is a luxury that comes with being both writer and director. I'm planning on writing new material for this production to enhance the already considerable gifts that these men bring to the characters. I'm very much looking forward to this opportunity to see 'Fat Pig' through fresh eyes."
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