Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Sean Hayes Is 'Lazy Susan'

There seems to be a general consensus that cisgender people shouldn't play transgender people and continued debate about straight people playing gay people. But what about a cisgender man (unmockingly) playing a cisgender woman, as Sean Hayes does in the new film "Lazy Susan"?  (Is this his story to tell?) Whatever the verdict, I'm told “Susan” is based on a character Sean initially developed for an audition for a sketch show years ago, so it’s definitely a character he’s lived with and loved for a long time. Watch the trailer:


A slice-of-life comedy about a woman on the edge with nowhere to go but over, "Lazy Susan" is a story about a spectacularly unmotivated cisgender woman for whom doing nothing is exhausting. Opening in select theaters nationwide and On Demand everywhere April 3 from Shout! Studios, this charmingly quirky comedy features an all-star cast including Emmy Award winner Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace"), Carrie Aizley ("Transparent"), Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale, Academy Award winner Jim Rash ("Community"), Kiel Kennedy ("Robot Chicken"), Danny Johnson ("Daredevil"), Darlene Hunt ("I Heart Huckabees"), Skipp Suddthh ("Madam Secretary"), J.R. Ramirez ("Manifest"), and Matty Cardarople ("Stranger Things") with Academy Award winner Allison Janney ("I, Tonya"), and Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick ("The Producers"). "Lazy Susan" is directed by Nick Peet and written by Carrie Aizley, Sean Hayes and Darlene Hunt.

In "Lazy Susan," Susan has always been the self-centered oddball in her family, who lazily skated through life with their grudging support until one day she wakes up to realize she’s middle-aged with no job, no relationship, and an increasingly estranged family. She finally decides to take charge and turn things around, but never having done anything herself before, the struggle is real (and hilarious) as Susan becomes the woman she always wanted to be, all on her own.


JimmyD said...

Could be fun. Great supporting cast.
In these woke days, I’m sure someone is offended!
I wonder if Julia Sweeney could get away with Pat these days.

Blobby said...

I was kind of exhausted after seeing the clip - full feature might undo me. Though Jim Rash: BONUS!

Edgar_Carpenter said...

Glenda Jackson played King Lear and I heard no objections from the Left, so Sean Hayes playing Susan should be fine, too.

Personally, I really like blind casting. One of the great things about Drunken History is the blind casting. It probably started on that series as a way to increase the fun - but, it turns out, it works really well just on its own. The gender or race of the performer quickly becomes irrelevant, and the performance takes over.

jaragon said...

Sean makes a very convincing woman- and it's called acting people- they are pretending to be something they are not- get over it