Living with cancer or for that matter any illness that can threaten your life is no laughing matter. Sometimes to be strong and finding humour in place you don’t expect can help you win that battle and this is the case for Jonathan Levine’s 50/50. The movie is based on writer Will Reiser’s own personal battle against cancer and his personal experiences inspired him to write 50/50 (once called ‘I’m With Cancer’) a movie about friendship, love, surviving the illness and finding the humour in the strangest of place. Back in May we gave you the first trailer and tonight Summit (via Yahoo!) have released the second trailer which contain some new footage offering some more of Anna Kendrick’s character.
I never heard about this movie until the first trailer was released and since then, the buzz for 50/50 has been fantastic proving how versatile Joseph Gordon Levitt is, the movie also stars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston, Philip Baker Hall. 50/50 will be released in UK&Ireland on January 6th, 2012.
Inspired by personal experiences, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis. Rogen also serves as producer, along with Evan Goldberg and Ben Karlin. Jonathan Levine directs from a script by Will Reiser. “We worked with Will on Da Ali G show, and it was shortly after that we learned he was sick.” Rogen recalls. “As shocking, sad, confusing and generally screwed up as it was; we couldn’t ignore that because we were so ill-equipped to deal with the situation, funny things kept happening. Will got better, and when he did, we thought the best way to pull something good out of the situation was to get him to write a screenplay. Ideally we wanted to make a film that would be as funny, sad, and hopefully as honest as the experience we went through. As soon as the script was completed, it quickly became a passion project for all of us. It helped us come to terms with Will’s struggle as well as our own experiences.” 50/50 is the story of a guy’s transformative and, yes, sometimes funny journey to health. 50/50 draws its emotional core from Will Reiser’s own experience with cancer and reminds us that friendship and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers