It's been announced that HBO has greenlit a "mockumentary" to star non-polarizing, not-at-all controversial television people Andy Samberg, Lena Dunham, and Fred Armisen. (Actual America's Sweethearts Will Forte and Soledad O'Brien, Masters of Sex's Michael Sheen and Game of Thrones' Jon Snow, and Mary Steenburgen—formerly of the critically acclaimed electricity-and-pedophilia documentary Powder—will also star.)
Mysteriously, while the film's title mentions seven days, the event it will gently "mock" only took three: A 2010 Wimbledon match, 183 games total, which remains to this day the longest in tennis's rich numeric history. Murray Miller, writer and co-executive producer of Girls but who is not a girl, birthed the idea with Samberg, who turns 36 next month, probably while chilling. If there was ADD medication and/or pot around, it was probably a pretty low-key hang but if the 35-year-old Samberg had just had his coffee, stand the hell back.
The two former wunderkinds will write the feature, which will be directed by Funny of Die creature Jake Szymanski, and is expected to consist of Andy Samberg telling the same joke over and over for 183 days, growing more and more impressed with himself, until he finally collapses on the floor just like an adorable puppy or teen. (Who will turn 36 next month.)
Lena Dunham will play a character, but everyone will mistake the character for Lena Dunham, because of the stage we are at in our culture where we don't actually bother to take the step of imputing an inner life to women, gays or really most minorities. But what about the film's leads, played by Samberg and Kit Harington?
In the real life story, the spoiler alert is that the American, John Isner, ended up defeating France's Nicolas Mahut. That makes me think Samberg will play Isner, because Samberg loves to play fictional winners who almost don't win but then end up winning after all. But he also loves being way annoying and having zero sense of scale or moderation in his performances, and playing a French tennis player would give him ample opportunity to do those things. (When you picture Ike Barinholtz's Russian baseball pitcher in the latter Eastbound And Down seasons, for example, it seems obvious that attention enthusiast Samberg will play the French tenniseur.)
But! Kit Harington is too pretty to play a brash American, and not talented enough to do all of these things—be American, swing a tennis racket, attempt comedy—at once as it stands. A more dour Mahut might allow him to show off his assets—such as eyes, muscles, and ceaseless weeping—while January Jones-ing his limitations into the dustbin. In this more likely scenario, Samberg will play his lovable doofus self—Too hapless and dumb for consequences! Loves fun too much for his own good! But has a good heart actually, deep down!—that we all know from television. If we've learned anything about America, it's that it enjoys watching Andy Samberg do the exact same thing over and over at least as much as he enjoys doing it, making this latter scenario far likelier.
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