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‘Dangerous’ dealings

Myers passes on Barris biopic; Stiller may step in

NEW YORK — “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” the movie based on the comic memoir of “Gong Show” host Chuck Barris, has been gonged by Mike Myers, who passed on the pic this weekend as he zeros in on a short list of projects topped by the “Pink Panther” redo at MGM.

As Myers departs, Ben Stiller has emerged as a possible participant to replace him and play the gameshow host whose activities are a cover for his work as a CIA assassin. Helmer Bryan Singer is a possible director, though by no means a certainty, as he’s purportedly trying to sequelize his summer hit “X-Men.”

Orbital history

For such a quirky project, “Dangerous Mind” has had an impressive list of talent aligned to it at one time or another. Directors such as P.J. Hogan and David Fincher orbited it, and George Clooney was sweet on starring in it at one time, with Sean Penn playing the Barris role.

The comedy had been set up at Warner Bros., but it’s unclear whether it will go forward there, though that would crystallize quickly if Stiller participates. But Stiller is incredibly busy. He’s directing and starring in “Zoolander” and will star for Wes Anderson in the Disney ensemble comedy “The Royal Tenenbaums.” He’s also expected to take part in a sequel to his summer hit, “Meet the Parents,” currently being written.

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