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Jamie Kennedy: Forty's Eminem & Angelina

Jamie Kennedy: Forty's Eminem & Angelina
"If it wasn't for Eminem, I don't think this movie would have happened at all."

-Jamie Kennedy on the white-boy rapper he portrays in Malibu's Most Wanted

Jamie Kennedy is not a star. At least that is what they are hoping on with his show the Jamie Kennedy Experience as they try to fool people in a candid camera-like environment.

But, Warner Brothers is hoping that he has enough star appeal to bring in the crowds for his new movie Malibu's Most Wanted. Based on the Malibu thug character from his WB show, Kennedy has always dreamt of bringing his character to the big screen.

"This is a character that I have been doing for a long time and it feels good to see it on the big screen." Kennedy states. "I think this character has been similarly done for a while and I think this is the best time to bring it big."

Joining Kennedy in this endeavor is some heavy-hitting actors in unexpected roles like Anthony Anderson and dramatic actors Taye Diggs, Blair Underwood and Ryan O'Neal.

"Taye was the first to sign on. We didn't even pitch him the script. He just got a hold of it and asked to do it and he did an amazing job."

Although Kennedy is focusing most of his current time on Malibu's Most Wanted, he is looking a bit beyond Malibu. He and Malibu scribe Nick Swardson are working on another script which would mark Kennedy's second headlining expedition and would pair him up with Academy Award® winning actress Angelina Jolie. The currently untitled Jamie Kennedy Project is in the very early stages of pre-production.

"This next script we are working on is a much much darker film. It's still a comedy, but it's dark. We are hoping to get Angelina on board, that is our first choice and she would fit well."

Despite how this movie fairs and where it will take him, Kennedy is optimistic about his career and happy where he is.

"I hope to be around for a while, you know. It would be nice one day to show a more dramatic side, but it's not necessarily a goal of mine. I'm happy now. This is my first headlining movie and I'll take it from here."

Peter Oberth
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