Divisive Dane Cook is starring in the drama Answers to Nothing, which hits theaters tomorrow. But it’s not just another movie gig for Cook. Having been away from the stand-up stage since February, this project marks a very conscious decision to start taking his career as an actor seriously.
“I don’t want to say I’ve retired, but this is an important time to shift my energy into something new,” Cook tells Amy Kaufman of the Los Angeles Times. “If I’m going to gonna do stand-up again — I respect the art form so much, it’s glamorous to me — and if I partake in it again, I want to feel like I’m lending something to it.”
Later in the Times profile, in reference to the NBC deal he recently landed that would find the comedian starring in a half-hour comedy in the Fall, Cook explains further. “I’m at that point where it’s like, I’ve done so much with stand-up comedy, and I’ve taken it everywhere I’ve wanted to take it. I’d like to be in people’s homes. I’d like to reach all of those fans in a way where I don’t have to do a two-year tour to get to everybody.”
Head on over to the LA Times to read the entire profile. It’s the best I’ve seen on Cook in quite some time. You can check out the trailer to Answers to Nothing below.