After 17 years of acting on the screen, "The Toolman" Tim Allen is stepping behind the camera to direct his first feature film, called Crazy on the Outside. The film is an "adult comedy" (and that doesn't mean porno) about an ex-con who finds his life outside of prison to be much crazier, especially once he enters his sister's world. Think Wild Hogs, but about a con-man just out of jail. Ray Liotta, Carrie-Anne Moss, Julie Bowen and Kelsey Grammer are all in talks to star alongside of Allen. I'll be the first one to say - this is going to have a huge opening weekend.
Just look at Wild Hogs, that movie made $168 million and played perfectly to older generations. I'm guessing this is the exact same that we'll see with Crazy on the Outside - it just sounds like a movie that adults will love and younger moviegoers will despise. The script for this was penned by long-time "Coach" and "According to Jim" television writers Judd Pilot and John Peaslee. Apparently the movie is being produced as an indie film, with private financing and no Hollywood studio attached as a distributor. I'm guessing we can expect it at some film festivals soon enough.
Now I've also got to be the first one to ask - is this a good idea? Allen has only ever directed one episode of "Home Improvement" and that's it. I know he's experienced with filmmaking, having produced The Shaggy Dog and The Santa Clause 3, but I'm not sure that means he's capable of directing. What is it with this trend of actors becoming directors these days?
Visit here to subscribe to commentsUser comment: By: Gordon"What is it with this trend of actors becoming directors these days?" You say that like it's something even remotely new...? Clint Eastwood has been directing for two decades. Dennis Hopper made Easy Rider 40 years ago. Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles were an actors and directors. It's not really that unusual that people involved with the filmmaking process will want to call the shots at some point in their career. Actors will want to the authority to guide/coach other actors' performances in a way that they can't as just another actor in the cast. All that said, maybe Tim Allen was sick of getting shit scripts? We don't have any reason to think that he WOULDN'T be a good director, either.