In the meantime, he will stick with old-fashioned Hollywood comedy. Next up is "Step Brothers," another collaboration with McKay and "Talledega Nights" co-star John C. Reilly, and "Land of the Lost," a comedic remake of the surreal '70s kid's show. But he yearns for another crack at drama. "Stranger Than Fiction" earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and he lights up talking about the experience.
"I think any creative person is gonna want to mix it up ... I think that's a natural instinct, if you believe comedy is acting. Which, I think it is, you know. And I view myself as a comedic actor and not necessarily just a comedian. And that's why I got to do 'Stranger Than Fiction,' which was a little more in that direction. Which was one of the best experiences I've ever had and would love to do more of that. Having said that, I'm not banging the drum for 'please take me seriously.'"
Good thing, because in a few minutes he will don Capezio movement pants and Ugg boots and perform "No One" by Alicia Keys. And in the middle of the tender refrain, someone in the crowd will yell, "Let's go streaking!"