Whether you know him as Neil Hamburger or Gregg Turkington, either way he’s really funny. Having already had his first crossover into mainstream cinema with a brief but memorable role in Ant-Man as Scott Lang’s greatest foil, the Baskin-Robbins manager, Turkington is ready to step into the spotlight as the leading role in Rick Alverson‘s upcoming movie Entertainment. The film looks to be an awkward deconstruction of a middling entertainer trying to make his way through the labyrinth of dive bars and rude hecklers.
Entertainment co-stars John C. Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Amy Seimetz, Michael Cera, and Tim Heidecker. Director Rick Alverson co-wrote the screenplay with Turkington and Heidecker, Alverson and Heidecker having previously collaborated on 2012’s The Comedy. Entertainment opens in select theaters and VOD on November 13th.
The official synopsis for Entertainment:
A broken, aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters. In Alverson’s hallucinatory fugue, Gregg Turkington stars as The Comedian, caught in a struggle between being the center of attention and the object of alienation, occasionally challenged by an unexpected cast of characters played by Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz.