Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan held a live reading of his long-unproduced feature script 2 Face yesterday at the Austin Film Festival with Will Ferrell, Thomas Haden Church, Linda Cardellini, and Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito all participating. A comedy about racism originally written by Gilligan at the age of 23 in 1990, THR describes it as “a cross between Harvey and Blazing Saddles” that features use of the n-word and plenty of other slurs.
Will Ferrell read the part of the movie’s lead character, a schizophrenic guy who, by day, is a terrible racist, and by night, a nice guy named Rodeo Bob who’s very liberal and not racist. The supporting cast included his even-more-racist best friend (Church), wife (Cardellini), deaf daughter, and black neighbor. Director Rian Johnson and Gilligan’s frequent producer/mentor Mark Johnson were also onstage for the panel.
Ferrell was attached to star in the movie back in 2008, but the movie never got off the ground, most likely due to its controversial subject matter. Before Ferrell, Kevin Costner and director Lawrence Kasdan were interested in making 2 Face in the early ‘90s. Vince Gilligan has yet to announce his post-Breaking Bad project (besides AMC’s Saul Goodman spinoff, which he’s producing), but Mark Johnson says he has multiple unproduced Gilligan scripts he wants to see made and that 2 Face “is at the top of that list.” Whether the event was a way of testing the script out and trying to raise funding before making it or just a lark remains to be seen, but it could very well wind up being Vince Gilligan’s next project.
Read more about 2 Face and several other unproduced Vince Gilligan comedies here.