Zach Galifianakis Gains A Brother For Political Comedy Dog Fight
Australian improv comic Josh Lawson is about to throw his hat into the competitive ring of U.S. politics. According to Deadline, the actor has been cast as Zach Galifianakis’ brother in Jay Roach’s upcoming comedy Dog Fight, which begins filming later this month.
Dog Fight, penned by Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell, centers on two Southern politicians (played by Galifianakis and Will Ferrell) vying for a presidential nomination. That, alone, should sell plenty of tickets, but Roach is doing an excellent job of surrounding his leads with strong talent. As we reported earlier, Horrible Bosses co-star Jason Sudeikis and Dylan McDermott have boarded the broad comedy, while the always-welcome Brian Cox could join as Galifianakis’ father.
Lawson, meanwhile, fills a role that was originally supposed to be two brothers, but he convinced Roach at a table read that he could carry enough of the comedic load to make it just one sibling. The Aussie has a part in Showtime’s upcoming series House Of Lies, which premieres in January. And Roach is looking for a bigger hit, coming off of 2010’s Dinner for Schmucks (also with Galifianakis). But if you scan his directorial resume, you’ll see that he regularly mixes comedy with politics, having helmed such politically-charged TV movies as Game Change and Recount, about the hanging chads in Florida that drastically altered a presidential election. If Dog Fight is the comedic equivalent to Roach’s Recount, we could be in for something special.
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