Jake Kasdan and John C. Reilly Learn to 'Walk Hard'

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Backup singer Darlene (Jenna Fischer, left) is the one faithful constant in the up-and-down life of musician Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) in Walk Hard. Gemma Lamana/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Jenna Fischer and John C. Reilly

Backup singer Darlene (Jenna Fischer, left) is the one faithful constant in the up-and-down life of musician Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) in Walk Hard.

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A couple of years ago, director Jake Kasdan woke up in the middle of the night, knowing suddenly that his next film would be a fake music biopic called Walk Hard. He went on to cast John C. Reilly as Dewey Cox, the putative legend at the heart of the story, who has trouble with women and drugs and who tries on a multitude of musical personalities.

Walk Hard, due out Dec. 21, also features Jenna Fischer from NBC's The Office; it was co-written and produced by Judd Apatow. Apatow and Kasdan worked together previously on the critically acclaimed TV show Freaks and Geeks.

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