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TOMMY LEE JONES TO STAR IN AND DIRECT ‘ARE YOU BEING SERVED?’

TOMMY LEE JONES TO STAR IN AND DIRECT ‘ARE YOU BEING SERVED?’

HOLLYWOOD – Veteran actor and No Country for Old Men star Tommy Lee Jones will finally bring his dream project to the screen next year, a Hollywood remake of BBC sitcom Are You Being Served? 

Based on the Seventies series written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, Tommy Lee Jones’ new film will be set in the fictional Los Angeles department store of Grace Brothers, where the flirty staff have to deal with a variety of eccentric customers.
Popping by the Studio Exec bungalow, Jones explained his vision:
I have always been a fan of the original British series. The elaborate double entendres and the farcical situations and in particular Mrs. Slocombe’s pussy.

And you are acting in the film as well? 

I myself shall play the role of Captain Peacock and Michael Shannon has kindly agreed to show his face as Mr. Humphries. Cameron Diaz wanted to play Mrs. Slocombe but I said no, because she is not in my honest opinion what I’d call a ‘good actress’. The pussy jokes will be better handled by Emma Thompson, if’n we can sober her up in time. Ha ha. That was a joke.

How do you respond to critics who say you are ill-equipped to play comedy?

I ask them if they have had the opportunity to view my hilarious mugging in Natural Born Killers, or my Two Face in the much under-rated Batman film, I forget which one… but it was comedy genius.

Mila Kunis will play Shirley Brahms and Jack Black will play Cuthbert Rumbold. Bradley Cooper will continue his collaboration with Jones, playing the womanizing salesman Dick Lucas.

Are You Being Served? will be released in 2016.

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