Hey, What’s Up With Topher Grace?

By Gabe Delahaye / May 5, 2010

In this feature, we periodically check in to see what is up with Topher Grace.

I walked by a poster for Robin Hood the other day, and it reminded me of how there was a time in this world when Russell Crowe was, like, the most famous dude. Remember that? Let’s put it this way: he was famous enough that he thought it was OK to throw telephones at the heads of fellow human beings, because their value was so much less than his (according to him). Also, he was sampled on a Jay-Z song. Now, I know that Russell Crowe is still pretty famous, but it’s different. The world of Russell Crowe has changed. I can feel it in the Russell Crowe water. Today, if Russell Crowe threw a phone at someone’s face, they would be like, “Hey! Some old man threw a phone at my face!” And someone else would be like. “That’s not some old man, that’s Russell Crowe!” And the first person would be like, “Who’s that?” And the second person would be like, “The star of Robin Hood!” And the first person would be like “What’s Robin Hood?” Because you have to admit that movie hasn’t had a particularly impressive marketing push. Certainly not by the standards to which Russell Crowe has probably become accustomed.

There are ups and downs in this world, and we all just have to do the best we can to stay afloat. Even Russell Crowe. Hey, speaking of people who suffer the ups and downs of the world just like everyone else, but who are also Hollywood celebrities and movie stars like Russell Crowe, what is up with Topher Grace?

Big casting news this week, so let’s just get right to it! From The Hollywood Reporter:

Richard Gere and Topher Grace are teaming up for “The Double,” a Hyde Park-Imagenation Abu Dhabi spy thriller on which scribe Michael Brandt will make his directorial debut.

Brandt and his writing partner Derek Haas, who were wrote movies like “Wanted” and “3:10 to Yuma,” penned “Double,” which begins with a murder of a senator in Washington by a Soviet assassin long thought to be dead. A retired CIA operative (Gere), who spent his career going toe to toe with his Soviet nemeses, is forced to partner with a young FBI agent (Grace) to hunt the killer down.

Production is scheduled for June in Detroit.

Neat! I love thrillers! Topher, if you’re reading this, send me an email and I can give you some suggestions of fun things to do and see in the Detroit area, as well as places that are good to eat! I bet he doesn’t email me. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t reading this! But he probably isn’t reading this. It is still good news for Topher Grace and his fans. Richard Gere is also a celebrity.

Meanwhile, the Onion AV Club, which is the cultural reporting section of satirical newspaper The Onion, conducted an interview with Danny Trejo, one of the stars (but not THE STAR) of this summer’s Predators. He had some pretty nice things to say about T2: Gracement Day.

The Onion: The A.V. Club: People were surprised when Adrien Brody was cast in the lead, and when Topher Grace was added.

Danny Trejo: They did great. Adrien was great. Adrien’s a hog, straight out. I’ll put him on my team any time. Topher… he’s cute. [Laughs.] But his role, he was very serious about. And me, I won’t do it unless I can have some fun, and I had a lot of fun with it.

It was nice of Danny Trejo to not simply dismiss Topher as another pretty face. That happens to young actors in Hollywood all the time, no matter how much effort they put into their work. I’m going to add Danny Trejo to my List of Gentlemen. Of course, Topher is already on my list of Cute But Serious Actors.

This week, we also see an important development in the world of Topher Grace News. Namely, there is a new website dedicated entirely to it, called http://fuckyeahtophergrace.tumblr.com/. Naturally, this means there is more competition in Topher Grace reporting than there was when this column began, but a little healthy competition only serves to make us all work harder and get our facts straighter. Besides, there’s room enough on the Internet for all of us! And the important thing is that the word about what is up with Topher is getting out there.

That is the important thing.

And, of course, That ’70s Show remains popular in syndication.

There you go. That is what is up with Topher Grace. Send your Topher tips to tophergracenews@videogum.com. See you next time!