Some may have noticed –especially here in Australia – the lack of good film releases about the last couple of weeks, and basically up until late June. Why? Who wants to take on “X-Men 2”, “The Matrix” and in due course, “The Hulk”? [Um, “Old School”, “The Four Feathers”, “Waking Up in Reno”..?]. And next month it’s sure to be the same case, with “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” and “Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle” looking set to be the big ones of the month. It’s interesting then to note Aussie comedian Mick Molloy thinking he’s got what it takes to overtake the T-X…
Molly [Crackerjack] stars in “Bad Eggs”, the directorial debut of his former “Late Show” and Radio sidekick, Tony Martin. Martin plans on releasing the film day and date with “Terminator 3”.
"I think we’re coming out the same week as the Terminator," Martin told The Herald Sun.
"We don’t have any cyborgs, I’m afraid. I don’t know how we’re going to compete with that. But it’s too late to turn back now.
"And I don’t think it helps that we’ve called it Bad Eggs."
The comedy/thriller teams comedian Bob Franklin with Molloy as undercover detectives on the trail of a corruption scandal.
Martin says the combination of comedy and suspense harks back to classic ’80s films such as Fletch and Beverly Hills Cop.
"I just like the kind of movie where it’s a comedy and you’re also worried the characters might be killed," he said.
The New Zealand-born Martin wrote the screenplay around the same time Molloy wrote Crackerjack, which took more than $8 million at the box office.
Bad Eggs boasts an impressive cast, including Bill Hunter, Judith Lucy, Shaun Micallef and Robyn Nevin, with a cameo from Martin/Molloy favourite Pete Smith.
"Pete had a small role in Crackerjack, but we’re hoping this will lead to more roles," Martin said.
"I’ve always thought he was a really good actor. There’s a lot more to him than Saaaale of the Century. But he needs a more flamboyant, Latin sounding name.
"It’s too bad Antonio Banderas is already taken."
Martin still hasn’t been told if he’ll reprise his role as Magda Szubanski’s bearded, fiddle-playing love interest in the new series of Kath and Kim.
"I hope I am, because that’s probably been the most successful thing I’ve done in five years," he said.
"There is a rumour going around that Sharon (Szubanski) has a really studly black boyfriend – kind of a Shaft kind of character – so I might be out of the picture."
Bad Eggs opens on July 24.