Stonestreet will star in “The Day the Laughter Stopped,” about Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Vulture reports. Arbuckle was one of the biggest (literally and figuratively) stars in the early days of movies and was beloved — until he was accused of rape and manslaughter in San Francisco in 1921. He was tried three times and never found guilty, but the scandal wrecked his career.
“I just always found it to be such a fascinating and tragic story,” Stonestreet tells Vulture. “He went from this jolly person who fell down and entertained people into a sexual deviant. It’s a true story people don’t know about, with a twist.”
The movie will be based on author David Yallop‘s biography of Arbuckle (also called “The Day the Laughter Stopped”). Kirk Ellis (“John Adams”) is writing the script, and Barry Levinson (HBO’s “You Don’t Know Jack,” “Wag the Dog”) will direct.