John C. Reilly tours as Dewey Cox

Dec. 17, 2007 at 10:17 PM

NEW YORK, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor John C. Reilly says he is having a great time touring and performing as faux music legend Dewey Cox.

Reilly, who previously has starred in "Chicago," "The Good Girl" and "Talladega Nights," plays the titular singer in the fictional bio-pic "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story."

To promote his new comedy during a writers' strike that has shut down most major TV talk shows, the actor has been performing at post-screening gigs in several cities.

"The tour is going really good," Reilly told UPI in New York Monday.

"We did a show in Los Angeles last week and the Knitting Factory (in New York) is the finale Wednesday," he said. "It's a lot of fun. It beats just your basic Q&A. In terms of getting to interact with the fans of a movie. It's one thing to introduce a screening and say, 'Hey, thanks for coming.' And then it's another thing to take the entire audience from the screening, bring them to a music club and perform all the music from the movie. It's ridiculous fun."

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