'My Name is Earl' the movie? Jason Lee, 'Chipmunks' star, is interested
Jason Lee says he would "love" to appear in a movie based on his former hit series, "My Name is Earl."
The comedy show ran on FOX from 2005 to 2009 and saw the actor playing a man named Earl Hickey, who aims to find people he has wronged in the past in order to make amends, after winning $100,000 in the lottery.
"We never got to finish the list, as you know," Lee said, referencing the list of people his character feels he has wronged. "I think the best way to do is to do it is to do a movie. I think enough time has passed now to where revisiting it, I think, would get people excited again, like, 'Oh Earl, you know, what happened to the list?' I think a movie would be awesome."
The 41-year-old actor made his comments to OnTheRedCarpet.com host Chris Balish on Tuesday, November 1, at a hand and footprint ceremony honoring "The Chipmunks" of the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" franchise at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Lee plays main human character, Dave, in the hit children's films and reprises his role in the latest sequel, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked," which is set for release on December 16.
The "Chipmunks" themselves attended the event in their in their life-size furry form at what marked the first official ceremony of its kind honoring an animated character since the hand and footprints of "Donald Duck" were placed in cement in 1984.
"It was great, you know I did the first movie thinking, 'You know, I'm doing this fun, great kids movie, this 'Chipmunks' movie,'" Lee told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I knew about 'The Chipmunks' of course as a kid, they've been around for 50 years now, but I had no idea it would lead to a second, and then a third - and now this. [It's] very cool, I got to bring my kids today, so that was awesome. It's a great momentous occasion."
The actor explained the allure of 'The Chipmunks' films and what keeps him coming back for more.
"They're fun to be honest, a lot of fun," Lee added. "Especially this last one, it was a lot of running, a lot of action. And my kids - my son is eight and my daughter's three now, so they're really proud."
Lee is also known for his role in the comedy films "Dogma," "Almost Famous" and the animated movie "The Incredibles." After "My Name is Earl" ended, Lee went on to star in the TNT crime comedy series "Memphis Beat." The show was canceled in October after two seasons.
Lee continues to appear on television and is set to soon appear in the new NBC sitcom "Up All Night," which airs on Wednesdays. He will play the recurring character of Kevin, a single father who connects with Ava, played by Maya Rudolph.
On Monday, Mickey Rourke, an Oscar nominee known for his role in the 2008 film "The Wrestler," received the hand and footprint honor at Grauman's Chinese Theater, and told OnTheRedCarpet.com he was "a little numb to it all."
"I didn't sleep last night because I was kinda confused about what this all means or is supposed to mean or how it's important it so I think in time, it'll mean something to me," Rourke added.
Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).