Farce of the Penguins, Bob Saget's irreverent spoof of wildlife adventures, has found its female lead with Christina Applegate joining Saget as the voice of "Melissa," his romantic foil. Lewis Black, Mo'Nique and Tracy Morgan have the other leading roles, with Samuel L. Jackson serving as his film's narrator.
Saget says, "Having such a talented comedic actress as Christina Applegate play the part of 'Melissa' is another gift for this crazy film. My character, 'Carl,' has been dreaming his entire life to meet a penguin as grounded and sexually compatible as 'Melissa'/Christina. She and Mo'Nique are adorable and hilarious together. I got very lucky that she and all the actors liked the material 'cause she fits in perfectly with the ensemble." Currently finishing up post-production on the film, Saget will host the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) Awards from the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas on July 11th.
Saget has gathered a number of his friends and colleagues in cameo roles, including (in alphabetical order): Jason Biggs, Mario Cantone, Dane Cook, Norm Crosby, Dave Coulier, Drea De Matteo, Adam Duritz, Harvey Fierstein, Gilbert Gottfried, Jonathan Katz, Jaime Kennedy, David Koechner, Lori Loughlin, Norm MacDonald, Carlos Mencia, Jeffrey Ross, Jonathan Silverman, John Stamos, Abe Vigoda, and Damon Wayans.
Applegate, fresh off her Broadway debut in Sweet Charity, in which she was nominated for a Tony Award for 'Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical,' is well-known to TV and film audiences alike. She has been Emmy-nominated twice and won once as "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series" for her role as Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) sister on Friends, in addition to starring in the long running Married with Children series. Her recent film credits include starring with Will Farrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and The Sweetest Thing, starring alongside Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair.
Combining spectacular live-action penguin footage with a decidedly R-rated theme, Farce of the Penguins concerns one penguin's search for love while on a 70-mile trek with his libidinous buddies on their way to their annual mating ritual.
The film opens in theaters later this year and will be released on DVD in the first quarter of 2007.