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Josh Gad to portray tragic comedian Sam Kinison

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Aug 05, 2013 | 7:01pm EDT

Actor Josh Gad has been cast as tragic comedian Sam Kinison in a new biopic based on the memoir penned by the funnyman's brother. Deadline.com reports the Tony Award-nominated star of Broadway hit Book of Mormon will star in Kinison, which will chronicle the comedian's transition from Pentecostal preacher to in-demand stand-up. Kinison's short-lived success came to an abrupt end in 1992 when he was killed in a car accident. Producer David Permut has confirmed reports that Borat director Larry Charles will take charge of the project, stating, "There was nothing conventional about Sam Kinison and neither will be the cinematic interpretation of his life. Larry Charles is the perfect director... and Josh Gad’s tremendous ability to morph into a role will bring great depth to Kinison’s larger than life persona."

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