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Elizabeth Perkins Trading 'Weeds' for Big Screen

by Kim Potts, posted May 6th 2010 9:20AM
Elizabeth Perkins WeedsWell, there goes the neighborhood. 'Weeds' Emmy nominee Elizabeth Perkins is leaving her drug-dealing former neighbors and cohorts behind to join the cast of a big-screen comedy.

Perkins, who plays crabby, plotting neighbor Celia Hodes on the Showtime series, will not be in the cast when the show returns for its sixth season on Aug. 16. Instead, she'll be playing James Marsden's mom in the upcoming live-action/CG-animated flick 'I Hop.'

The movie will be directed by 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' helmer Tim Hill, and revolves around Fred, an unemployed slacker (Marsden) who accidentally harms the Easter Bunny's son and has to take care of the poor little bunny while he recovers. Russell Brand provides the voice of Bunny Sr., while Perkins plays Marsden's mom, who's frustrated by her son's shenanigans. 'The Big Bang Theory's' Kaley Cuoco also co-stars.

Perkins, who has received three Emmy nods and two Golden Globe nominations for her role on 'Weeds,' makes her return to the big screen with 'I Hop.' She hasn't starred in a movie since a string of projects in 2005 (the year she began her stint on 'Weeds'), including 'Must Love Dogs.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Perkins is also developing a sitcom as a starring vehicle for herself. In a 2009 interview with AOL TV, Perkins said she and 'Weeds' co-star Mary-Louise Parker have talked about starring together in an American remake of the hit Britcom 'Absolutely Fabulous.'

As for how 'Weeds' will deal with the actress' departure, that could be a challenge, since her Celia was about to embark on a big, and almost certainly hilarious, storyline. In the season 5 finale, Celia was living in a storage locker and had decided to emulate her pal Nancy (Parker) by starting her own drug-dealing team with ex-hubby Dean (Andy Milder), frenemy Doug (Kevin Nealon) and daughter Isabelle (Allie Grant).

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Elizabeth, can't you go make a movie during the other 8 month your not making "weeds"? Your character is just starting to pick up and branch out.
It's funny people want Dean to kill her, or an accident. A movie with you and Mary would be interesting. Celia is a hate / love type. Hope it all works out! viva!

May 06 2010 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh my GOD, this is terrible news. I was really getting into Celia's character again with this whole wanting to be like Nancy thing. THen you go and just change everything around! *sigh* That's okay, I'm sure she will do just fine on the big screen. I've loved her in any movie she has been in. ^_^

May 06 2010 at 6:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Its too bad she will be leaving Weeds. She is my favorite character on the show. Maybe a temporary leave might work.

May 06 2010 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can tell they've been reaching to keep her involved, but her character should "disappear" rather than be written off. She should be given the chance to reappear in the future with some wild storyline to explain where she's been. I think the Shane character is developing into something of a young Michael Corleone should be fun to watch in her absence.

May 06 2010 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Geez, really hate to see her go, Celia was the character we all loved to hate which is itself a testament to Perkin's acting ability.

May 06 2010 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Come On Elizabeth, don't leave now, the show can't fill your void that you will have left behind and be as hilarious as you made it.

May 06 2010 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh! She will be sorry....leaving a hit show to do a piece of crap movie.....girl your head is up your arse! This actress...needs a wake up call..and guess what when the movie tanks.....she will be pissing and moaning that she made the worst choice in her career! DAMN RIGHT!

May 06 2010 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wooooow. I cant wait to see how they change the storyline around. I kind of wish Doug would've been the one to go though

May 06 2010 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope Dean puts her to death. That or she gets blown up somehow that would be cool. I would love to see cancer tits have body parts flying all over, MAYBE they could have one of the many guys she screwed kill her because of bad sex!

May 06 2010 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's not like Weeds has been good for the past 2 seasons anyway. When was the last time Nancy dealt pot rather then complain and cry about the situation she put herself and her family in? half way into season 3 at latest right?

May 06 2010 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tim's comment

considering that you haven't even liked the past 2 seasons (apparently)...it shouldn't be a deal-breaker that 'Celia' is leaving the show....right?

May 06 2010 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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