FILM SCHOOL REJECTS – The professional grump has made a name for himself by undermining mediocre (or worse) tentpoles.
The verdict is in: The Mummy is a total mess. Maybe 10% of it being any fun. Jake Johnson plays sidekick Chris Vail in a tiny amount of the film, having a great and very strange rapport with Tom Cruise that seems lifted straight from David Naughton and Griffin Dunne’s ball-busting in An American Werewolf in London. The actor was also, somehow, the best part of Jurassic World, where he plays an incredulous IT guy named Lowery. Neither part was large enough and neither movie was any good. You do the math. But is this a trend or just a once-repeated phenomenon?
Johnson is perhaps most well-known for his lead role in the TV comedy New Girl as, well, basically the same sad sack he plays in most of his movies. But recently, he’s really broken out as an indie leading man in the movies Drinking Buddies and Win It All. He’s an everyman, but not like Tom Hanks is an everyman. He’s angry and frustrated and petty, not as idealized as Hanks’s soft boyishness. This is the guy whose brand of grumpy has completely saturated his professional being to the point that he voiced Grumpy Smurf in Smurfs: The Lost Village. But what people don’t appreciate enough about Johnson is that he’s the perfectly frustrated comic character actor to help bloated blockbusters.
RAMA’S SCREEN – Thanks to Universal Pictures and in celebration of #TheMummy which opens this weekend, I recently had the opportunity to interview actor Jake Johnson whom you may recognize from his role in Fox’s long-running sitcom, “New Girl”
In “The Mummy,” which is part of Universal’s big ambitious Dark Universe, Jake Johnson plays Chris Vail who is essentially Tom Cruise’s treasure-hunting compadre. When they unearth a mysterious Egyptian crypt beneath the desert, an evil ancient princess inside it comes back to life and brings unimaginable terrors as she reclaims her destiny.
Jake talked to me about his experience working with action man Tom Cruise, and we also got chat a bit about “New Girl” upcoming final season. Here below is my entire interview with Jake Johnson.
Heads up! This interview contains SPOILERS!!!
Ahead of its release this week, a big batch of stills from “The Mummy” were released, several featuring Jake Johnson. Click them to see the HQ versions.
“Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.“
Ahead of its release this coming Friday, Universal Pictures has released four new clips from the upcoming Tom Cruise-headlined reboot of The Mummy, along with a featurette entitled ‘Global Adventure’; check them out below…