Comedian Dane Cook will bring together an all-star lineup of celebrities this Friday for a live virtual table read of the ’80s classic movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” which will feature Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Morgan Freeman, Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey, Henry Golding and more. The fundraiser will benefit Penn’s nonprofit CORE, as well as REFORM Alliance.
“Extra’s” Billy Bush spoke with Dane today and asked him how the event came about. He told Billy, “I wanted to do something that lightens the mood, can help people, and at the same time, I wanted to do something that felt celebratory, because we don’t have movies.”
He explained, “We started making phone calls. I think Jennifer Aniston was lovely and the first person to say, ‘I’m in,’ and then it just started to rocket after that.”
As to who will play the iconic carefree stoner character of Jeff Spicoli, Billy speculated Matthew McConaughey since Sean Penn is not going to reprise the role. Dane would not reveal any spoilers, only saying, “Vegas odds — we’ll see what happens!” Dane added there would be “a lot of surprises Friday night. You’re going to be blown away!”
Billy followed up with Dane after news broke Jen's ex-husband Brad Pitt would also be joining the lineup. Dane joked, "Listen, I don't have time to talk to you, Billy. I gotta go talk to Brad Pitt and figure out what part he wants to play."
Check out the live virtual table read “Dane Cook Presents Feelin’ A-Live Fast Times at Ridgemont High” on Friday, August 21, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Facebook Live and TikTok via CORE’s official Facebook page and TikTok account. It will also stream via LiveXLive.