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How Jim Gaffigan Eased Tensions on the Set of MOST WANTED

Photo via Daniel Roby on Instagram

How Jim Gaffigan Eased Tensions on the Set of MOST WANTED

By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor

Christian funnyman Jim Gaffigan eased tensions on the set of his new movie MOST WANTED by making the cast and crew laugh.

 “[Jim is] just such a funny guy,” said Gaffigan’s costar Antoine Olivier Pilon in an interview with Movieguide®. “The movie treats an extremely heavy subject, but Jim was always there to make everyone laugh and to ease up the tensions.”

MOST WANTED releases on VOD on July 24. The movie follows an investigative journalist, Victor Malerek (Josh Harnett, PEARL HARBOR), as he tries to uncover the truth about a drug bust in Thailand. Daniel (Pilon) is the suspect, and Gaffigan’s character, Glenn, is a police informant.

MOST WANTED is inspired by true events but does contain some cautions for drug abuse and foul language. Click here to see the full review.

Though Gaffigan is perhaps best known for his comedy, he’s taken a turn at some serious acting roles. Director Daniel Roby wanted to cast Gaffigan after watching one of his stand-up comedy specials.

“I [thought] he would be perfect to play Glenn, a very hard character to do because he has to charm you then he has to scare you,” said Roby. “To get Jim [for the movie] was just really lucky.”

Gaffigan, a strong Catholic, does not put his faith on display in the movie.

According to the Movieguide® review:

MOST WANTED has a strong moral worldview where one character in particular wants to uncover the truth to bring an innocent man home from prison. The movie extols family when a new father says that his wife and daughter come first. There are also strong humanist elements where characters rely on their own skills and abilities. In Thailand, Buddhists are seen praying at a Thai prison, and a character says that Zen Buddhism helped him through a hard time. Finally, MOST WANTED has lots of foul language, intense violence and drug content. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

Despite these cautions, the movie does encourage a pursuit of media discernment.

“Who can you trust to tell what’s really happening?” Roby asked rhetorically. “I hope the movie makes us reflect on the importance of these big [news] organizations that we can trust.”