The D Train with James Marsden
I have been IN LOVE with James Marsden ever since I saw X MEN and HEIGHTS. Oh the fantasies I have had about getting naked with him!
Jack Black has been away from the mainstream for a good four years, but he’s about to come back in a big way. In October, he’ll be playing R.L. Stine in the nostalgia-baiting Goosebumps film. Next month, he’ll begin starring in the new HBO comedy series The Brink.
But his return begins with something a bit smaller: this weeks release of the indie comedy The D Train. The D Train has Black playing a family man who risks his job and marriage in order to impress an actor who he went to high school with two decades earlier. Inevitably, he’s driven toward rock bottom as he becomes more and more desperate for people to think he’s cool.
Dan Landsman (Black) is the self-proclaimed chairman of his high school’s alumni committee. While planning for the 20th reunion he has the idea of convincing Oliver Lawless (James Marsden) the most popular guy in his graduating class, to return, thinking that this will make people want to attend.
The comedy was hotly discussed after its Sundance screening in January — especially for a startling scene in which the two take their “bromance” to a literal level.
When asked what it’s like joining Marsden in the bedroom?
“You know, I felt a little insecure because he’s a real physical specimen, you know?” says Black. “And never has my lack of muscular tone been so painfully on display.”
On the bedroom scene Black added, “That was the scene that made me want to do the movie…I was only worried that if we approached it too comedically, it could have been offensive or sort of generic, like something you’d seen before. So the only thing I was worried about was getting it right.”
It’s gotten dismal reviews – but I didn’t think it was THAT bad. I say 3.5 / 5