The original 1958 movie – which was adapted from the George Abbott Broadway play – follows middle-aged Washington Senators fan Joe Boyd who makes a deal with the Devil (disguised as “Mr. Applegate”) to help his baseball team win the league pennant. Boyd becomes “Joe Hardy,” a young baseball slugger and, in return, hands over his soul to Applegate and leaves his wife. I won’t tell you what happens, because it’s really exciting, but it involves some singing, some baseball and the Yankees.
For the remake, Jake Gyllenhaal has been cast as the young Joe Hardy and Jim Carrey has been cast as the Devil. The casting seems appropriate enough, except for the fact that neither of these two have proven their chops in the musical business. Worry not, though. Because thanks to the era of live sketch comedy, we’ve proof that both Gyllenhaal and Carrey can keep up with the big boys. Check out the videographic evidence below:
Jake Gyllenhaal on Saturday Night Live