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With supporting roles in The Messenger, Margot at the Wedding and Gentleman Broncos, indie ingénue Halley Feiffer has been on the verge of breaking through for years now. But even with her recurring role on HBO's now-cencelled sleuth-centered sitcom Bored to Death, this capable and quirky comedienne is far from a household name. The solution to that is get more famous, which funny enough is the plot of her latest film He's Way More Famous Than You.
In this indie comedy, penned by the actress and Ryan Spahn, Feiffer plays herself at a particularly low moment. Once considered an up-and-comer, the lead's prospects are sinking fast as she loses her boyfriend and her agent. So she joins forces with her brother (Spahn) and his boyfriend and with a pilfered screenplay, plenty of sangria and a plucky never-say-die attitude, she sets out on a mission to make herself a celebrity by any means necessary. In the first look below, courtesy of Film.com, you can see one of her attempts—seducing Ralph Macchio—in action.
He's Way More Famous Than You is the first narrative film helmed by Ugly Betty star Michael Urie. From the looks of the cast list, he, Feiffer and Spahn worked every connection they got to wrangle an incredible collection of cameo appearances. Aside form Urie and Maccio, Ben Stiller, Jesse Eisenberg, Mamie Gummer, Natasha Lyonne and Vanessa Williams are just some of the stars that will appear as themselves in this mad and meta comedy.
He's Way More Famous Than You will premiere January 20th at the Slamdance Film Festival.