According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ray Liotta, Mila Kunis and Mark Ruffalo are joining Tina Fey and Steve Carell in the comedy Date Night. The film is supposedly about a married couple that tries to keep things interesting by going out on dates. On one of these such ‘Date Nights’ they get into a bunch of trouble and hilarity inevitable ensues.
These characters are going to be part of a large ensemble that Fey and Carell meet up with on a date.
Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Taraji P. Henson, Common, Leighton Meester, Kristen Wiig and Jimmi Simpson are also going to be in this film directed by Shawn Levy (night at the museum, pink panther).
Liotta will play the role of Joe Miletto, a villain. Kunis will play the wife of Franco’s character. Ruffalo will be Wiig’s husband and Carell’s best friend.
Date Night started shooting last month. It was written by Josh Klausner.
While this seems like a good enough idea for a movie, and it certainly has a talented ensemble cast, the director’s past efforts have all been mediocre to say the least. It is interesting to see Ray teaming up with Steve Carell and Tina Fey following his role in Observe and Report with Seth Rogen – 3 of today’s top comedic actors. Ray’s comedic skills have not been fully utilized. For anyone who has seen Heartbreakers, you know how brilliant Ray is as a comedic actor. I hope that he starts getting more prominent roles in comedy movies. I think he would fit right in with the Apatow crowd as well as the Sandler crowd. Ray’s cult status is rising and he is comedy gold just waiting to be discovered. (see previous post regarding best ray scene ever)