Today's Hot Red Band Trailer: Ron Perlman Plays a Lady and Chris O'Dowd Tortures Charlie Hunnam in 3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom
10.02.12 by Ryan
A comedy about...love?
There are plenty of jokes and humorous situations in the red band trailer for the upcoming comedy 3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom, and there's also a lot of people yelling at each other and partial nudity. What there isn't is a clear idea of what the plotline is, so we'll stick with the description cast member Lizzy Caplan gave The Playlist last year.
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It's about a guy whose life has been ruined by a YouTube video that has gone viral and so he's been hiding out and he gets brought back into civilization — because he's been living in the middle nowhere — by his really manipulative, horrible brother. And everybody in his life is sort of terrible [and it's about] how he deals with that.
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So, to recap, Sons of Anarchy actor Charlie Hunnam is Frankie, who is videotaped in a compromising situation by his brother (Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd), and the tape is released on YouTube. Frankie and his brother turn to Hunnam's Sons of Anarchy co-star Ron Perlman, who is a computer hacker named Phil who is actually now called Phyllis and won't help out for free. Chris Noth, who plays the father of Caplan, also shows up in a jock strap and asks Frankie to punch him in his butt.
While all this adds up to one of the stranger comedies going right now, writer-director Jordan Roberts (Around the Bend) admitted to The New York Times that the movie's characters were based on his family members. O'Dowd's character was based on Roberts' deceased, heroin-addicted brother whom Roberts described as "a crazed lunatic with a giant heart," while Perlman's character is based on his other brother. "I also had a brother who is now my sister," said Roberts. "She transitioned five or six years ago, and Ron Perlman plays her." It's like they say, write what you know!
3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom is currently available on VOD and opens in limited release on October 12. Nora Dunn (Pineapple Express) and Whitney Cummings (NBC's Whitney) co-star.