Josh Gad has been cast as Sam Kinison in a biopic about the legendary late comedian.
Kinison, a former Pentecostal preacher, is considered one of the most influential standup comedians of all time. He was killed at age 38 in 1992 in a car crash caused by a drunk driver.
Gad, a former star of the Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," is known for films such as "The Internship" and the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic "Jobs." He will portray Kinison in a movie about the comedian's life that will be helmed by "Borat," "Bruno" and "The Dictator" director Larry Charles, Deadline reported on Monday, Aug. 5. Gad's spokesperson confirmed the casting to OTRC.com.
To the general public, Kinison was known for his trademark shouting, angry jokes about exes, and rock star look -- he sported long hair worn under a cap. He even appeared on stage at Bon Jovi concerts and in music videos such as the band's "Bad Medicine" clip. He also guest starred on shows such as "Married With Children" and movies such as "Back To School."
To a small group of peers, namely comics at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Kinison was known for his wild parties and antics, some of which produced urban legends many local comics still discuss to this day.
Deadline reported that the new, still-untitled film will be based on the 1994 book "Brother Sam: The Short Spectacular Life of Sam Kinison," which was penned by the comedian's brother, Bill, and a script by Rich Wilkes, who wrote the screenplay for the Vin Diesel movie "xXx."
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