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‘Book of Mormon’ launched Josh Gad into new ‘jOBS’

Sundance Film Festival » Broadway actor undergoes a Sundance makeover.

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"Josh is so good at playing the lovable idiot," Winder said, "but giving it dimension so that, as the show goes on, you realize that Skip’s character has a really special wisdom to share."

He considers Farley and Belushi comedic idols and says he’s not insulted by the comparison, although he assumes it mostly comes from being overweight. "It’s a means to an end for critics to just put you in that little bracket," Gad said. "Whereas if somebody was doing the same thing I was doing and they looked like fill-in-the-blank, I don’t think that criticism would be there."

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Sunday, Jan. 27, 12:15 p.m. » Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

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But he’s not complaining. Not one bit. "It’s been a remarkable ride," Gad said. "I’m having so much fun. I’ve had so many opportunities."

And while he "desperately" wants to get back onstage, look for him to play something as far away from Elder Cunningham and Skip as he can.

"It’s tough," he said. "How do you top ‘Mormon’? I get sent scripts all the time and I don’t know what I would do next. What do you do after that? So I think if you do see me onstage, you’ll see me in something dramatic, maybe, or you’ll see me try my hand at something else. Perhaps fail, terribly, but try."


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