Saturday, April 20, 2024

Sacre Bleu! Jerry Lewis is Coming to Cannes in An Acting Comeback


Yes, it’s true. Jerry Lewis, a cinema god in France, is coming to the Cannes Film Festival. But this time the 85 year old legend is returning in his acting comeback. In “Max Rose,” directed by Daniel Noah, Lewis plays a man who must investigate his whole life after discovering secrets about his 65 year old marriage. No matter how the movie works out, Jerry Lewis on the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals is sort of beyond nirvana. And dig this: Michel Legrand, another French icon, wrote the score. Plus Claire Bloom, who plays Lewis’s wife, will be coming with the film as well as Kerry Bishe. Famed comedic presence Mort Sahl co-stars, but no one knows if he’ll make the trip. Lewis was so badly treated by the Muscular Dystrophy Association that this is a vindication and a triumph.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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