VIDEO: Improvising on a 'Grand' scale
"The Grand," scheduled for a March 21 release, is more than just a film about the high-stakes world of professional poker -- it's also an opportunity for a group of comedy veterans to try their hand at large scale improv.
Writer/director Zak Penn told The Hollywood Reporter that he was comfortable going scriptless because he recognized the actors' enthusiasm.
"They want to get the chance to really help in the creation of their characters," he said.
That creative gamble seems to have paid off with eccentric characters like One Eyed Jack Faro (Woody Harrelson), a man with 74 divorces under his belt, and The German (Werner Herzog), who feels the need to kill bunnies and mice to relieve stress.
The ensemble also features the likes of Ray Romano, Chris Parnell, Cheryl Hines and David Cross.