For the vast majority of pop-culture consumers, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash are little more than the sort of distinctive character actors that make you go “It’s that guy!” when they appear onscreen. Rash earned himself a bit of cult adoration as the extravagantly pansexual Dean Craig Pelton on Community and Faxon played the lead in the short-lived but better-than-you’d-have-thought sitcom Ben and Kate. In actuality, however, they’re the fabulously successful screenwriting team who won the Academy Award in 2011 for adapting The Descendants and then won over crowds at Sundance two years later with their coming-of-age comedy The Way Way Back. They’re on a level of distinct talent wherein their mere involvement with a project is enough to generate excitement among movie types.
Last week saw ‘Community‘ season 6 beefing up the Greendale roster to include both ‘Enlisted’ veteran Keith David and Paget Brewster, and now the newly re-minted Yahoo Screen series will take us behind the scenes of its second episode, as well as Britta’s birth! Sort of. ‘Community’ star Jim Rash with team with frequent partner Nat Faxon to direct the second installment of the season, which will introduce ‘Clue’ stars Martin Mull and Lesley Ann Warren to play Britta’s parents.
'The Way, Way Back' premiered at Sundance and will be released by Fox Searchlight later this year. That's been a winning proposition for many films, including 'Juno,' '(500) Days of Summer' and 'Little Miss Sunshine,' which this most resembled. Or maybe it comes across that way because both star Steve Carell. Now there's a trailer for the film.
Though Alexander Payne dismissed much of their original script, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (aka Dean Pelton from 'Community') are Academy award winners. And so their next project lets them direct, and for their feature film debut 'The Way, Way Back' they plan on reteaming 'Little Miss Sunshine' stars Steve Carell and Toni Collette.