News: Diddy Swagger Jacks Jimmy Iovine For New Movie, "Hopefully I Will Be A Surprise"
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 1:00PM
Hip-Hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs recently spoke on his role in the upcoming comedy film Get Him To The Greek and confessed to borrowing the styles of label executives Jimmy Iovine, Russell Simmons and more.
The producer-turned-rapper also named additional renowned labelheads he found motivation with for his role as a record company owner.
Joining Russell Brand and Jonah Hill in Greek will be Combs in his first comedic role since 2001's Made. "Hopefully I will be a surprise within the recipe," Combs said. He plays the eccentric owner of the label to which Brand's character is signed. To capture the nuances of the character, Combs said he pulled from record execs like Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen, Jimmy Iovine, L.A. Reid and David Geffen. (MTV)
The film's producer Judd Apatow recently dished on his experience working with Puff.
"Me and Sean have a lot in common," he said in an interview. "We don't know what it is, but we know that there's a connection there. There's a chemistry, but we don't know what to do with it yet...Well, we talked about the movie, because we're about to start shooting, and he has a really funny part in the movie. It's hilarious. He's playing the owner of a record company. And he's funny enough that it's bothersome. You want to feel like you're better than Diddy at something, but then he's super funny, you're like, 'Okay, he defeats me in all areas of life.'...I'm glad he [appears] nervous. Because I want to dominate him somehow. But I think he'll be nervous for about five minutes and then he'll be great." (NY Mag)
Diddy was chosen to star in the Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off alongside various comedians.
The movie centers on Russell Brand's outrageous character from Marshall, the out-of-control British rock star "Aldous Snow," and "Aaron," a music-company intern, who must accompany "Snow" to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater. Elisabeth Moss is set to play "Daphne Binks," Aaron's girlfriend, while Rose Byrne will be a promiscuous pop musician named "Jackie Q," who may perform a duet with Snow. Combs has been cast as "Sergio," the head of the entertainment company for which Jonah Hill's character works. (Hollywood Insider)
The film will be released by Universal Pictures.
Writer/director Nicholas Stoller will direct this follow-up, based on a screenplay he also penned. Judd Apatow is producing. Rodney Rothman and Phil Eisen are executive producing. The movie will be from Universal Pictures. (Variety)
A release date for Get Him to the Greek has not yet been announced.