News: Movie Producer Breaks Down Diddy's Funny Bone, "He's Funny Enough That It's Bothersome"

Thursday, May 7, 2009 5:41PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Renowned movie producer Judd Apatow recently dished out his experience working with rapper-turned-actor Sean "Diddy" Combs on their new film and said the rap mogul has a funny side.

Speaking on a cast dinner for the upcoming movie Get Him to the Greek in California, Apatow also confirmed Diddy's role in his new film.

"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. We don't know [if it's sexual.] We don't want to rule anything out. 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 reportedly begin production this summer.

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)

Aside from films, Diddy recently announced the signing of Red Cafe to Bad Boy Entertainment and the significance of their joint venture.

"As far as my track record, I've only worked with the best in the game," Diddy explained in an interview. "Whether it's from Biggie to Jadakiss to The Lox to Jay-Z, KRS-One, LL [Cool J], that's who I'm used to working with. And so at Bad Boy, we haven't really signed a lot of hip-hop acts. And this year, when that ball dropped, I was like focused and said I really need to find somebody that speaks the same language as Bad Boy and I can throw all this muscle behind...I've known him for a while and seen him mature and evolve and grow, he just has the Bad Boy attitude. He hasn't stopped...I called Akon up, who he still has a deal with, and I tried to get some stuff together...East coast hip-hop hasn't been up to par. What I'm saying is when it's done right, it's nothing like Red Cafe, it's nothing like Biggie, it's nothing like Nas, it's nothing like KRS-One and Rakim, it's nothing like that." (Jenny Boom Boom)

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