Give James Van Der Beek credit: he's definitely branching out artistically to reinvent himself.
The former "Dawson's Creek" star has launched a comeback that has turned him into perhaps the most meta actor of the day. He played a warped version of himself in a Ke$ha music video, and is set to star in an ABC pilot called "Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23," playing another strange rendition of himself as conceited actor. But both those roles pale in comparison to this one.
Van Der Beek plays a key part in a new film called "The Big Bang," an oddly well cast movie in which he plays -- wait for it -- a Hollywood actor with a very strange sexual fetish. Joining him in the film are Antonio Banderas and Snoop Dogg (who plays a porn director), among others, and in a number of newly released clips (which come via Movieline), viewers can get a true sense of how fun/bizarre the movie could play.
Here's the official synopsis; the clips are below.
Late one night, Los Angeles private investigator, Ned Cruz (Antonio Banderas) gets a visit from a recently paroled Russian boxer with an intriguing job offer: find Lexie, his missing girlfriend--and the 30-million dollar stash of diamonds she's hiding. As Detective Cruz sets out to find her, the clues send him into the city's seediest corners, from a Hollywood action star with a dirty little secret (James Van Der Beek), to an enterprising porn producer who takes a personal interest in his own work (Snoop Dogg), and a kinky waitress with an unusual fetish for particle physics (Autumn Reeser). Lexie proves to be as elusive as she is beautiful and Cruz becomes obsessed with finding her. With time running out, Cruz discovers the trail leads to reclusive billionaire (Sam Elliott), and his physicist (Jimmi Simpson), intent on recreating The Big Bang underneath the New Mexico desert. Tailed by a trio of cops also looking to find the missing diamonds, and with the body count piling up, Cruz soon realizes that what appeared to be a standard missing person's case is anything but, and could quite possibly bring about the end of the world as we know it