Josh Holloway could be a movie star. There, I said it. The man has ample charisma, he’s got the looks, and there’s nothing stopping him from being an action star. It would be untrue to say that Lost has launched Holloway’s career – Lost is all that there is of his career. Unlike co-star Matthew Fox, Holloway has stayed away from Hollywood during his time on Lost. Reportedly, Holloway even turned down a cameo in X-Men: The Last Stand as fan-favorite Gambit (which, by the way, is a character Holloway is perfect for). So, what’s the hold-up? As a fan, you can’t blame a television actor for not jumping full-on into the Hollywood machine. The summer hiatus on Lost isn’t terribly long, and that very much limits the available roles. It’s better to stay at home with your family and wait for the next season of Lost rather than take a crappy movie role. Finally, however, it appears Josh Holloway has found a role to his liking. Holloway has accepted a supporting role in the upcoming comedy “Stay Cool.”
Stay Cool is a comedy about a successful author who has to meet his high school crush face-to-face when he comes back home to give the commencement speech at his alma mater. Josh Holloway will play the jock boyfriend of the author’s crush. Mark Polish stars as the author, Winona Ryder will be his unrequited crush, Chevy Chase will try to regain his lost mojo as the high school principal and Hillary Duff will play a flirty high school senior. Jon Cryer is also somehow involved.
The film is classified as “indie” which gives me some hope. If it’s Rated R, even better. That cast is intriguing as well. Holloway has shown comic chops time and time again on Lost, and it’ll be fun to see him in a full-fledged comedy role. Chevy Chase hasn’t done anything of worth for about two decades, so I’m wary of any project he’s a part of. Maybe this will be the comeback we’ve all been waiting for. The “author returns home” is a stock Hollywood story (October Road, anyone?) but when it comes to comedy, it’s almost never about story. Execution is the only thing that matters.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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