Because it’s funny: The trailer for Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, about an Iranian man who wins the Green Card lottery and moves to America and which stars Maz Jobrani and John Heard, actually looks a lot better than some of the mainstream comedies the studios have been churning out. Jobrani, who is the author of I’m Not A Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV and also has a stand-up comedy special of the same name running now on Showtime, co-wrote this political satire with Amir Ohebsion (they also produced with Ray Moheet and Norman Aladjem).
The comedy follows a wannabe private investigator Jimmy Vestvood (Jobrani) who immigrates to the U.S. and becomes embroiled in a conspiracy to start the next world war. Directed by Jonathan Kesselman (The Hebrew Hammer), the film is getting a small theatrical release May 13 in New York, L.A., D.C., San Francisco and Irvine (yes, Irvine), with special screenings planned in England and Sweden.
Jobrani recently co-starred in the CBS comedy pilot Superior Donuts (based on the 2008 Steppenwolf play written by Tracy Letts) and can next be seen as a recurring character on the new TBS show Detour.