The trailer for actor and comedian David Cross’ directorial debut, “Hits, ” has been released.
Cross, who was raised Jewish but now calls himself an atheist, is most famous for his roles on Arrested development and Mr. Show. He has more than 100 acting appearances under his belt including numerous animated movies and television shows. The film, also written by Cross, deals with how people today can become famous for nothing just by getting on YouTube.
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Does anyone remember Joe the Plumber? You know the guy from Ohio who well overstayed his 15 minutes of fame after he spoke to then candidate Obama during the 2008 presidential elections.
How about that guy from that video that was so popular on line last year or that woman who was caught doing something embarrassing on a stadium’s jumbotron that time?
Or how about that guy from the second season of American Idol or the woman who danced that time with that actor who was once on Dallas on that other show?
You get the idea.
“Hits” is set in a small town in upstate New York populated by people who trade in unrealistic expectations. Its website describes it as a dark comedy exploring the nature of fame in 21st Century YouTube America. It’s a story in which, “fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them.”
The trailer is narrated by its lead actress, Meredith Hagner, who talks about how she became a star because she grew up in a small town with a bunch of sad old people. She then tries to borrow $300 from her father so that she can make a demo to audition for the reality show The Voice.
The movie’s plot takes off when the father is forcibly removed from a town hall meeting and the video of it is released on line.
While Cross does not appear in the movie he assembled a very talented cast which includes Michael Cera, who co-starred with Cross on Arrested development, and Wyatt Cenac from the Daily Show.
The cast also includes Julia Stiles, Dave Koechner, Amy Sedaris, Jason Ritter, Erinn Hayes, Amy Carlson and Russ Tamblyn.
While it officially premiered last year at the Sundance Film Festival, it will not be released in theaters until sometime later this year.