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Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 07/24/2012

Nat Faxon locked to star in Fox’s ‘Ben and Kate’ before he realized he’d made a huge mistake


Actors (L-R) Maggie Elizabeth Jones, 8, Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson, stars of the new comedy series "Ben and Kate.” (FRED PROUSER - REUTERS)
What’s Oscar winning screenwriter Nast Faxon doing slumming as the geeky uncle/manny half of the “Ben and Kate” in Fox’s new sitcom?

“I literally got this the day after I won the Oscar,” Faxon, who won his Oscar for co-writing the screenplay on George Clooney flick “The Descendants,” told curious TV critics at Summer TV Press Tour 2012. “I don’t necessarily think I’m going to be handed acting roles” because of his writing Oscar.

Added “Ben and Kate” creator Dana Fox, “Let me clarify: we locked him in before he realized he’d made a huge mistake.”

And what’s former Miss Golden Globe, Dakota Johnson doing slumming as the uptight single mom half of “Ben and Kate” in Fox’s new sitcom?

She’s complaining, at Summer TV Press Tour 2012, when one TV critic suggested her parents, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith are funny people and should appear on her show. “This is MY show, this is not their show. This is for me,” said Johnson, who got her first acting break on “Crazy in Alabama” thanks to the show’s star — her mom — and who, on Fox’s promotional material, lists her hometown as “Aspen.”

Actually, creator Dana Fox says the show is for her brother, Ben Fox, which, not coincidentally is the name of Faxon’s character on the show. The Real Ben Fox, as she says her brother now calls himself, is “so happy that the world finally revolves around him.”
Actor Nat Faxon, left, and actress Dakota Johnson. (John Shearer - JOHN SHEARER/INVISION/AP)

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