Thursday, February 22, 2024

EXCLUSIVE Sarah Silverman Will Make Dramatic Debut in “I Smile Back” About Addicted Housewife


EXCLUSIVE Sarah Silverman, the hilariously foul mouthed comedian, will make her dramatic debut as the star of a film adaption of Amy Koppelman’s much praised novel “I Smile Back.”

The film’s main character, Laney Brooks, a Short Hills, New Jersey suburban housewife is addicted to sex, drugs, and drink. She’s mordantly funny but has a dark, dark inner life. And this is after rehab.

Koppelman and Paige Dylan, wife of Wallflowers leader Jakob Dylan, wrote the script based on Koppelman’s novel. In the cast: Josh Charles plays Sarah’s husband and  Thomas Sadoski from “The Newsroom”  plays Silverman’s lover. Chris Sarandon and Terry Kinney are also cast.

Koppelman’s screenwriter husband Brian Koppelman and his partner David Levien are said to be producing along with Michael Harrop and Richard Arlook. Adam Salky is the director.

Silverman has had small parts in lots of movies, and TV shows. This would be quite a milestone in her career. “It’s a labor of love production,” says a source, “Sarah is really turning in amazing work.” The movie has been shooting for about a week around New York.

The source adds: “Amy wasn’t even thinking of writing a script until she heard Sarah doing on an interview on Howard Stern a couple of years ago. She called her up and said, I’m writing this for you. The two of them worked together on the script.”

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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