Aziz Ansari gets one step closer to mega-A-List superstardom

aziz-ansariImage Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty ImageParks and Recreation and Human Giant star Aziz Ansari (or perhaps you know him from his anti-Justin Bieber alter-ego Raaaaaaaandy) is entering negotiations to star in Media Rights Capital’s 30 Minutes or Less, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Minutes is co-produced by Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld and will be director Ruben Fleischer‘s first movie since Zombieland. Ansari will play a junior high history teacher who, along with a pizza-delivery guy, is forced to rob a bank when one of them is strapped to a bomb vest. Danny McBride might be in the movie, too. So far this sounds very Pineapple Express to me and there better be a twist involving Slurpees.

Ansari’s also in June 4’s Get Him to the Greek (trailer), and is rumored to be the host of MTV’s Movie Awards June 6. His next logical step is obviously to drop everything and travel to Egypt and China with Oprah during her Next Chapter. Is the comedian just having his 30 minutes, or is he poised for total media domination?

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  • Rachel

    love him!

  • H.P.

    I’m happy for Azis, but the premise of this movie is morbid and in bad taste–I mean, didn’t this really happen and the pizza guy was killed? Yeah, not thinking good comedy material.

    • Sadie

      yeah it did, I can’t believe this is a movie

  • Ruben

    I love this guy! He literally makes me LOL.

  • Reena

    I am a frequent EW reader and i do like Aziz he is a good comedian but i am just annoyed by all these ads for websites to meet singles is there anything ew can do to get rid of them sorry just had to put that out there

  • Tim

    the first time i saw aziz was when he had a small yet hilarious role in an episode of flight of the conchords, and ever since then i’ve made it a point to see the stuff he’s in. i hope he makes it big he really deserves it.

  • harry

    hell yeah!!!!

  • Kat

    Oh my god. I think H.P. is right – minus the history teacher part, this is a true story and the pizza man was killed when the bomb blew him up. What on earth possessed them to make this story into a comedy? I love Ansari, but I hope this doesn’t actually get made, or if it does, that there are significant changes to the story to make it less “inspired by and making light of someone’s actual personal tragedy and death”.

  • Shana

    lol I really like that bieber skit.

  • Andy Bluebear

    30 minutes. He’s the new Jimmy Fallon.

  • ani

    No way. Aziz is hilarious. Def not a Jimmy Fallon. I don’t think he is a one-note comedian, esp not in the way Russell Peters has become.

  • yodelmuffin

    Aziz is forking hilarious!!!! His stand-up had me in tears. This guy is going to be huge.

  • Janitor

    I think Aziz is awesome and hilarious! I hope he keeps doing well, please don’t write him off everyone.

    “This is how you EAT IT!!”

  • whatevs

    I loved him as the racist fruit vendor on Flight of the Conchords!

    • Sadie

      I think they settled on xenophobic

  • Kristin

    I love Aziz, I really hope this will be a big step for him becoming a huuuuge comedy star! We need more Asian actors, anyway, and he’s just amazing.

  • Laura


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