Tim Allen Signs Onto David Mamet’s Kung Fu Pic (No, I’m Not Joking)

tim-allen-mugshotFirst off, yes, that is Tim Allen (then, Timothy Alan Dick) posing for the Sheriff’s Department in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I’ll get back to that story in a second, though. The Tim Allen News-of-the-Day is that he has signed on to be in David Mamet’s upcoming martial arts drama. I never thought I would put Tim Allen, David Mamet, and martial arts drama all together in the same sentence. It is a crazy world indeed.

Variety is reporting that David Mamet will be directing Tim Allen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joe Mantegna, and a bunch of professional martial artists and fighters in his next film, Redbelt. The story, written by Mamet, follows a Jiu-jitsu master (Ejiofor) who jeopardizes his integrity after being seduced by the movie business and influenced to compete in ultimate fighting matches. Ejiofor, an exellent actor, is currently training with members of the Gracie family who are known worldwide for their Brazilian-style Jiu-jitsu. Tim Allen plays a troubled action star who meets the master after getting his ass kicked in a street fight.

Don’t be put off by Tim Allen starring in a drama. The last time Mamet cast a comic actor in a dramatic role it turned out pretty good. Remember Steve Martin in The Spanish Prisoner? Everything about this film sounds pretty cool. The key to it all will be if Mamet can direct fighting scenes. Apparently, he has some of the best martial artists and fighters in the world in the film, so it can’t be that hard. Sony Pictures Classic is putting the money up for Redbelt which starts production next month in Los Angeles.

Now, back to that mugshot. In 1978, Tim Allen was arrested in a drug bust and spent three years in jail because of it. It was in jail that Allen developed his comedy routines for protection because as he put it, “Humor was the best defense I had.” After he got out of jail, Allen started doing the comedy stand-up circuit which led to the career he has today. When I read about all of this, I developed a new respect for Tim Allen that I never had. I’m looking forward to see what he can do in a more serious role. Guess we’ll find out next year when Redbelt is released.

Read the Variety article here.
Learn more about David Mamet here.

Learn more about Tim Allen here.

8 comments… add one
  • tnarulez May 16, 2007, 9:36 am

    A Mamet action flick with Tim Allen? Mamet is probably the only writer/director who gets my vote of confidence without reservation. As strange as this idea sounds – I don’t have any doubt this will be another Mamet success. Has he ever written or directed a bad flick? It’s too bad Mamet hasn’t had the huge commercial success he deserves.

    Actually, I just remembered that Mamet wrote and directed “Spartan” in 2004 – the Val Kilmer psychological action/thriller. So Mamet is not a complete unknown in the action genre.

  • King Jester September 7, 2007, 12:14 am

    Tim Alen was never in Jail you are full of shit. ps.this picture is not a picture of Tim Alen and if your not down with that I got 2 word’s for ya “SUCK IT”

  • moviemanZ September 10, 2007, 2:06 pm

    I got two words for you, bitch – “FUCK YOU”. My bro super spy y was right –


    Check it before you wreck it, sucker.

  • Owen December 14, 2007, 10:59 pm

    Lol. Classic!

  • Dave July 2, 2008, 5:29 am

    no no no to the people who don’t believe this is tim allen. He was arrested because of some connection with drugs or something if I can remember correctly. Really who cares though, I love the show Home Improvement and he did great in Toy Story playing as Buzz Lightyears voice over. He has done many great movies as well.

  • Daddylnglegs July 5, 2008, 6:58 am

    go on youtube and watch e true hollywood story about home improvement they talk about this picture

    tim allen (birth name tim gay) later became tim dick which he dropped and became who we know Tim Allen. well after he graduated high school is life turned around for the worst. he was with the wrong crowd and started selling drugs. he got caught by selling drugs to an under-cover cop. he served 28 months prison time. he was released but while in jail thats where i truely discovered his comedy. and theres more stuff about him and the cast of home improvement.
    heres the link http://youtube.com/watch?v=NgSRv4G2vN0

  • mhmjr March 30, 2009, 3:46 am

    that is Tim Allen u stupid fucks he used to sling

  • Anonymous July 1, 2009, 12:03 pm

    I love Tim Allen no matter what he’s funny and cute and I would like to meet him one of this days


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