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In the crime caper road comedy Hit and Run — which is, ahem, hitting theaters Aug. 24 — Parenthood's Dax Shepard (pictured, right) stars as Charlie Bronson, a former getaway driver currently hiding out under witness protection. (Shepard also penned the screenplay, and directed the film with David Palmer.) But when Charlie's girlfriend of roughly four years gets a job offer in Los Angeles, explains producer Andrew Panay (Wedding Crashers), ''he decides to take it upon himself to leave witness protection to drive her across the country to take her to her dream job that she's always wanted. Things about his past that she doesn't know about come catching up to him.''
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One part of Charlie's past with a dangerous desire to get reacquainted is his ex-best friend, played by a nearly unrecognizable dreadlocked Bradley Cooper (pictured, center, with Joy Bryant and Ryan Hansen). ''They definitely had a falling out that gets revealed throughout the film,'' says Panay.
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But it isn't just Charlie's past that's chasing them across the country. His girlfriend's ex (Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum) comes looking for Charlie with a golf club, with some bloody results.
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Um. So who is this seemingly naked older person regarding Cooper's killer yellow sunglasses? ''That's a surprise,'' says Panay. ''I don't want to talk about exactly what that is, but let's just say none of the main characters should be entering into this particular room.''
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Tom Arnold (pictured, with Jess Rowland) plays a federal agent also in pursuit of Charlie. That is one large gun.
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Kristin Chenoweth (pictured, right) plays the boss of Kristen Bell (pictured, left) who first offers her the job in L.A.
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''They really have a very, very special love, those two,'' says Panay of real-life couple Shepard and Bell. ''They're very close. It feels very real [in the film]. They really expose themselves [emotionally]. Their love is evident.''