Jerry Lewis’ last starring role was in Peter Chelsom’s 1995 film “Funny Bones” as George Fawkes, a comedy legend with a comedian son who struggles to impress him. Now, the actual comedy legend returns over twenty years later for the new film “Max Rose,” about an aging jazz pianist who begins to examine his life. In the film, Max discovers that his beautiful wife Eva (Claire Bloom) might be having an affair. Believing his entire life to be a lie, he embarks on an exploration of his past in order to find inner peace. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Max and his retirement home friends jamming out to the music of their youth.
In an interview with the Seattle Times, Lewis says that he thought “Funny Bones” would be his last film, but he reconsidered after reading the script, which he describes as “exceptional” and “perfect.” He also commented that he enjoyed the challenge of a more dramatic role. “For a pratfall comedian and for a noisy bastard like I can get, it’s good to put that aside for a while,” he said. “I never thought prior to the film that I would do that one day. I never thought about it. Because you don’t. You’re thinking about straight comedy. And now you have to shake your brain clean to get all of that out of there to put this nice, quiet stuff in there.”
“Max Rose” is currently playing in theaters in New York and Los Angeles.