Mindy Kaling embodies the trifecta of being brilliant, wonderful and hilarious. Because that is statistically impossible, it can mean only one thing: she was created by an evil scientist to lull us into a giddy stupor in order to control our minds. How else can you explain someone who simultaneously commands respect and affection? Someone so acutely adept at creating her own opportunities? Moreover, Mindy has a bright and generous laugh that’s good for the soul, and yet she doesn’t suffer fools. No matter the issue, she can be relied on to weigh in with conviction and good humor. To be made fun of by Mindy is to feel special. I’ve learned so much from working alongside her, and I’m proud to call her a friend. I just wish she hadn’t been created by an evil scientist.
In preparation for South by Southwest, which begins next week, we had a chance to speak with the writers of the opening night film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone today. Actor John Francis Daley and his partner Jonathan Goldstein scripted the dueling magician comedy, and are making their directorial debut with the National Lampoon’s Vacation reboot, which they also wrote.
We’ll have the full interview with Daley and Goldstein for you later but here is the latest news on the new Vacation first. Ed Helms is cast as Rusty Griswold, who was played by a different actor in each of the four Chevy Chase movies. So which Rusty is Helms playing?
“I guess the first Rusty,” Daley said. “Or his own Rusty. That’s the good answer for that.”
The original National Lampoon’s Vacation featured Clark Griswold (Chase) driving his family across the country to the fictional amusement park Wally World. So much hilarity ensued that the Griswolds ultimately went to Europe, Vegas and stayed home for Christmas. Daley and Goldstein confirmed they are taking the new Griswolds back to Wally World.