LOS ANGELES, Ca. – Kevin James has accepted the role of Tommy Callahan in an upcoming remake of the 1995 comedy ‘Tommy Boy,’ the actor told Access Hollywood today. Directed by David Spade, the film is set in Sandusky, Ohio and follows the socially challenged Tommy Callahan (Kevin James) as he and his recently deceased father’s assistant, Richard Hayden (David Spade) travel cross-country in an effort to salvage the family business.
James, best known for his portrayal of a New Jersey mall security guard in Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, auditioned for the role in February 2014. “It was over a year ago. After a few months I hadn’t heard anything and I figured they’d picked someone else. I had to accept it and move on with my life. I mean, what else can you do?” James said.
Speaking with this reporter via Skype, David Spade cited a “stringent audition process” as the reason behind the 18-month wait but declined to elaborate. Spade, who is directing and acting in the film, discussed a visit to Ireland last fall where he personally asked Colin Farrell to accept the role of Paul, previously played by Rob Lowe. “Colin is an incredible actor,” Spade said. “His stage presence is extraordinary.” Spade added he presented Farrell with a Timex Sport Luxury wristwatch “as a gift.”
Farrell told The Irish Post he’s excited to work with James, “I’m a longtime fan of his work,” the actor said. ‘Tommy Boy’ is scheduled to hit theaters in December of 2016 and will be filmed exclusively in Real 3D and IMAX formats.