With his best supporting actor win at the Academy Awards this past weekend, Alan Arkin has now found himself in hot demand -- but of course, he doesn't care. He's Alan. He seems like the kind of guy who's number one love in life is a hot pastrami on rye and a copy of the Sunday newspaper in his lap. And yet, his role as a perverted, drug-addicted grandpa in Little Miss Sunshine has catapulted this legendary actor back into the mainstream ... and back into a role opposite Steve Carell.
Warner Bros. has tapped Arkin to star in their big-screen version of Get Smart, alongside Carell (Maxwell Smart), Anne Hathaway (Agent 99), Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Agent 23) and Terrence Stamp (who, I assume, will play the villain). Arkin will play the chief of CONTROL, a role Edward Platt once owned on the beloved TV series. For those not aware, CONTROL is an organization formed to fight the evil forces of KAOS. It's taken forever for this film to get off the ground, but it looks like we'll finally get a chance to check it during the already crowded summer of 2008; Get Smart is set to arrive in theaters on June 20.