'Carnage' trailer: Great actors throw great acting in each other's fat faces

A couple of years ago, Yasmina Reza’s play God of Carnage was the hot ticket on Broadway — a corrosive, bleakly funny snapshot portrait of two married couples forced into each others’ company when their children get into a fight. Now, ever-controversial film director Roman Polanski has adapted the play into a film called Carnage, which stars three Oscar winners (Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, and Christoph Waltz) and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly (staging a return to Academy-bait after years in the comedy world). Still, don’t let all this high-falutin’ talk confuse the issue: Carnage basically looks like the hilarious adaptation of Hockey Dad we’ve all secretly been waiting for. Watch the trailer, and feel the drunken wrath of Chuck Shadowski!

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  • pie thrower

    That’s an unbelievable cast. This will be good.

  • harry


  • StewyFan

    This actually looks hilarious.

  • Danny

    This movie looks AWESOME. I love Jodie Foster. I might even start to like Kate Winslet again after she stole Meryl Streep’s Oscar.

    • Seriously

      Sandra Bullock stole Meryl Streep’s Oscar. Kate Winslet deserved hers.

      • @Seriously


      • PJ

        Nah, The Reader was way overhyped and not good.

      • K

        Yeah but not kate’s performance

      • OK

        Actually, there are about 10 actresses that stole Meryl Streep’s Oscar.

      • Dave

        The Reader may not have been a great movie, but Kate Winslet’s performance in it surely was superb and deserving of the Oscar.

      • mars

        Hell no! Kate Winslet is the best in 2009, tell me, who can do the role of Hannah that superb? I guess even Meryll can’t do that during her prime days since she can’t take her clothes off for films, I love Meryll but loving Kate more. Yes, Meryll deserves the other Oscars, she should have won, but certainly not 2009. Hence, Kate deserves more Oscars than just 2009.

      • Drew

        Agree Mars, Winslet should have won Oscars for Sense & Sensibilty, Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Little Children. She’s the best actress of her generation and I hope Kate and Jodie will be nominated for this movie.

    • Just A Guy

      I think Meryl’s going to be just fine without it.

    • Drew

      Agree Mars, Winslet should have won Oscars for Sense & Sensibilty, Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Little Children. She’s the best actress of her generation and I hope Kate and Jodie will be nominated for this movie.

  • Michael

    Can’t wait!

  • jfms777

    This is a great cast. But the original actors in the Broadway play were all wonderful–and they are film actors, too. Marcia Gay Harden won Best Actress Tony, and the other 3 actors were all nominated. I wish they had used the Broadway cast actors instead.

    • AC

      Me too. And what is with changing the nicknames in the movie? The ones used on the stage were hysterical.

      • Crystal

        Woof Woof!

  • jt

    OMG!!! I cannot wait for this.

  • K

    Looks amazing

  • Jim S

    I’m one of the rare people who found the play annoying and over the top. But I will readily admit that as an actor’s showcase, it works and with these four, could be very interesting.

  • Monty

    It is hard for me to believe that so many talented actors still support Polanski…

    • RyanK

      You said the key word: “talented”. And Polanski is known for getting great acting out of talented actors. In the world of the arts, it’s easier to temporarily put aside any dislike you might have for a person when you can respect their ability as an artist.

  • malvinder kaur

    always liked polanski’s film looking forward to see it…

  • Crystal

    I still do not understand why they recast this from the stage version when Hope, Marcia, Jim and Jeff are all well-known movie actors as well. They really deserved to be in the film.

    • Fred

      Why the American players? Why not the British or even better: the original French? Nah, I think Winslet & Co will do great…

  • Dave

    Saw this show in New York and I thought it was terrible. The acting was fine and the direction was brilliant, but the play itself was rather inane, and disappointing. And when I pay over $100 to see a show it should last more than 75 minutes.

    • Bobby’s Robot

      I admit I laughed a lot because of the talented actors, but I think it was wildly over-rated as a play.

  • RyanK

    I’m finding it hard to believe that some people outright hated the play. I saw a very well-done regional performance, not New York, and there wasn’t a single person in the house who wasn’t laughing like a buffoon.

  • Dave

    This looks rather hilarious. I’m not entirely sold on the plot, but as a showcase for four fantastic actors, I’m in.

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