I do love the comedic Will Ferrell, enough that I will watch Step Brothers over and over until it turns me stupid. But after he bombed in Land of the Lost and frustrated me with his overbearing voice in the new trailer for DreamWorks Animation's Megamind, it's time for the former SNL star to give drama another shot. He's great in the comedy/drama hybrids Stranger Than Fiction, Winter Passing and Melinda and Melinda, and I'm sure in no time he'll be headlining semi-serious biopics and/or Oscar-baited fare in the tradition of matured comedy vets like Jim Carrey and Tom Hanks.

Starring in Everything Must Go, an indie drama about an alcoholic who loses his job and wife and decides to live on his lawn while he sells his possessions, could be a great step in that direction. The script for the film is based on a Raymond Carver short story "Why Don't You Dance?" (previously adapted into a 2004 Australian short that our own Jeffrey M. Anderson fell in love with) and was included on the 2008 Black List of best unproduced screenplays (the same year Up in the Air, Inglourious Basterds, Cop Out and The Fourth Kind were on it). Its writer, Dan Rush, is also directing the film, and now Rebecca Hall (The Prestige) has been cast as a new neighbor who befriends Ferrell's character.
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