Pete Davidson, Movie Star? Actor to Star in Semi-Autobiographical Movie by Trainwreck Director
Pete Davidson's life is hitting the big screen in a movie directed by Judd Apatow
Pete Davidson‘s life is hitting the big screen.
The Saturday Night Live comedian, 25, is set to star in a semi-autobiographical movie cowritten and directed by Judd Apatow, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The feature will loosely focus on Davidson’s life growing up in Staten Island, New York. It will serve as Apatow’s first directing credit since 2015’s Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer.
The movie will follow in the same tone, with Davidson’s real-life experiences loosely featured. The comedian and actor’s father, who was a firefighter, died when Davidson was 7-years-old during the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack.
The announcement comes days after Davidson’s performance in the coming-of-age comedy Big Time Adolescence earned rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival.
Davidson’s profile has grown in the last year after his four-month romance with singer Ariana Grande dominated the summer headlines. The comedian has since riled concern for his well-being with a series of posts about his mental health, including a note on his since-deleted Instagram that fans and friends took as a public threat of suicide.
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The star then made his return to Saturday Night Live after missing some shows where he loosely joked about his post on Weekend Update. Segment co-host Colin Jost, 36, introduced him by saying that Davidson was there “to talk about a very important experience he had over the holidays.”
Instead of discussing his mental health right away, Davidson joked, “As you know, I’ve had a really crazy month but I want to talk about something that matters a lot to me — the new Clint Eastwood movie, The Mule!”
After bringing out comedian John Mulaney, 36, to discuss The Mule with him, Mulaney said, “I’ve been spending some time with Pete to try to show him that you can have a life in comedy that is not insane. A sober, domestic life.”
“Yeah, and after observing John’s life, I publicly threatened suicide,” Davidson said in response, prompting the audience to break out into laughter.
“I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t make that joke,” he continued, laughing, “but it is funny.”