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Laura Linney’s ‘The Big C’ is “something special”

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Laura Linney’s “The Big C” dark comedy is a little over half way through production of its initial 13 series segments – and already the cast and crew on the Aug. 16-debuting Showtime series are talking about it as a groundbreaking show.

With the esteemed actress as a cancer patient, “You can feel it’s something special, that they’re breaking barriers down, doing something quite new and quite fresh. It’s going to be great,” says Reid Scott of “My Boys,” who is playing Linney’s oncologist. “It’s pretty edgy. It definitely pushes the envelope, but it’s not incendiary,” he goes on. “People are going to be surprised by how much they’re going to laugh at this kind of material.

“They don’t make cancer funny,” he’s quick to add. “They show how funny some people can behave when they’re going through such a tragedy, but at no point do they make light of it. Laura’s character has a sardonic sense of humor that she applies to everything she encounters. I would venture to say that 90 per cent of the people who’ll watch have gone through it or had a loved one go through it. They’re going to recognize the humor. It’s very universal. There are great surprises I’m not going to give away.”

Oliver Platt costars and Cynthia Nixon and “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe also have “Big C” roles. Scott’s doctor character, who has a special relationship with Linney’s, is, he acknowledges, “a unique guy for me to play. He’s definitely the most responsible person I’ve ever played. He takes his job very seriously and he feels for Laura’s character quite a bit.”

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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