Well, here's one person we never thought in a million years would ever pop up in a Woody Allen film.
Cate Blanchett's knack for pulling off an American accent is as impressive as ever, but perhaps the most notable aspect of the trailer for Allen's new comedy, "Blue Jasmine," is an appearance by Andrew Dice Clay, the man (or 'Dice-Man,' rather) who was just about the hottest thing in stand-up comedy back in, oh, 1990.
"Blue Jasmine," the latest comedy of manners from the increasingly prolific Allen, follows a woman named Jasmine (Blanchett) who ends up losing every last cent of her vast wealth after falling for a con artist (Blanchett's "The Aviator" co-star, Alec Baldwin). Flat broke and with nowhere to go, she moves in with her estranged sister (Sally Hawkins) and, well, neurotic Woody Allen-ish stuff ensues (indeed, Blanchett seems to serve as Allen's stand-in here as she nervously babbles her way through the trailer).
"Back when your sister had all that money she wanted nuttin' to do with you; now that she's broke, she's movin' in," says Andrew Dice Clay, proving that a guy from Brooklyn can handle the cadence of Woody Allen dialogue just fine. He has less (and much grayer) hair and has put on a few pounds, but the 55-year-old is still unmistakably the guy who once upon a time sold out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row – the only comedian to date to ever do so.
Clay played supporting roles in "Making the Grade" (1984) and "Pretty in Pink" (1986) before taking on his first Hollywood headliner in the title role of "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" (1990), director Renny Harlin's perhaps ahead-of-its-time meta action comedy that mixed a ridiculous L.A. neo-noir mystery with the star's foul-mouthed, dirty-nursery-rhyming 'Dice-Man' persona. Clay's been out of the spotlight for the better part of the last decade, with his last big-screen credit before "Blue Jasmine" being "One Night at McCool's" (2001) ... in which he was credited as his birth name "Andrew Silverstein."
He's back being billed as "Andrew Dice Clay" now, and he's not the only middle-aged comedian known for risque material making an appearance in Woody Allen's latest – look fast for Louis C.K. walking arm-in-arm along the boardwalk with Hawkins.
Sheesh, who's going to show up in Woody's next movie? Steven Wright? OH!
"Blue Jasmine" will open in theaters as the alternative choice to "The Wolverine" on July 26.
See Andrew Dice Clay in the trailer for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine"...