Sean Penn who starred in Fast Times Live at Ridgemont High as Beach Stoner Jeff Spicoli just watch’s as Shia LeBeouf plays his leading part, and Jennifer Aniston & her ex Brad Pitt also star in the reading of this comedy classic movie, along with Matthew McConaughey, Jimmy Kimmel, John Legend, Julia Roberts, Ray Liotta, with a great Narration by Morgan Freeman, and produced and directed by Comedian Dane Cook.
The movie was authentic and raw when it came to teen comedies and is hailed as a pop culture touchstone — and the teen comedy celebrates its 38th anniversary today. The virtual live table read will be unrehearsed, which means it should be a glorious, anything-goes event with an all-star roster, but Spicoli himself- Sean Penn -won’t be playing the stoner surfer. Heckerling and Crowe will made a special introduction at the top of the event.
The event will benefit the emergency relief nonprofit CORE, the humanitarian organization co-founded by Penn and CEO Ann Lee, currently on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 providing testing and relief services in the United States. It also will support the REFORM Alliance, which is focused on passing laws to reform the criminal justice system and protecting the incarcerated population from the spread of COVID-19. The livestreams will feature a donate button, and all proceeds will benefit CORE as well as REFORM Alliance.
“I’m honored that so many talented, wonderful people are willing to get together to celebrate our movie, and to create their own special version of it,” said Heckerling. “And I’m a huge fan of Sean. He has such a big heart, and I fully support CORE and all of his causes.”
Crowe added: “Sean brought magic to us on day one, and he is still bringing that magic to the world. We are so excited to be a part of this 2020 take on Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Thank you to this cast, and to Sean, for always honoring the best things in life, love and creativity. It is, as a great man once said, totally awesome.”
Said Penn: “On behalf of our dedicated team at CORE, I’m so appreciative of the support Dane has given and continues to give to our work. I’m always game for a giggle. So, to gather remotely for a night of laughs with so many talented folks while providing CORE with much-needed resources to continue our vital work, then consider us fully onboard to play!”
Surprisingly Penn won’t be playing Spicolo, but he said that he is “very confident in the new guy.”
Executive produced by Cook and Ivan Dudynsky, the virtual table read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High is presented in association with Deviants Media Inc. and JWP.