By Darren Franich
Updated October 24, 2011 at 11:32 PM EDT
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There is no real reason why Kim Kardashian should want to be an actress. The reality TV star/global entrepreneur/sex tape survivor/candy jar enthusiast has made untold kamillions of dollars by playing herself constantly. In the process, she’s turned her coterie of “K”-named blood relations into a multimedia brand. (They’re like ’90s Chicago Bulls, and she’s Michael Jordan; they’re like the X-Men, and she’s Wolverine.) But even with all her tremendous success, Lady K isn’t immune to the come-hither lures of pretending to be someone vaguely different from herself. Thus, EW has confirmed that she will play a supporting role in Tyler Perry’s next movie, The Marriage Counselor. The film is about a married marriage counselor who strays outside the confines of holy matrimony; Kardashian will play a co-worker of said counselor.

History hasn’t been kind to reality TV stars who try to become actors, and Kardashian’s previous efforts — in Disaster Movie and Deep in the Valley, which was apparently a porno spoof starring Denise Richards and Shooter McGavin, unless IMDb is lying — certainly aren’t encouraging. Still, it’s worth pointing out that Kardashian has a slightly larger-than-life presence, if only because she’s cannily turned herself into a kind of winking cartoon character. (Remember her flirtation with the Biebs?) It’s hard for me to imagine that she could ever really act, but I’d be intrigued to see what Perry can do with her almost android-like screen presence.

If nothing else, we can all agree that Steven Soderbergh could make a brilliant movie starring Kim Kardashian that secretly deconstructs Kim Kardashian, a la Sasha Grey and The Girlfriend Experience. Or maybe Werner Herzog could get Kim and Lindsay Lohan to star in a film about Amala and Kamala, the “feral girls” of India, thus exposing the chaotic absurdity of nature. Hey, it can’t be worse than Disaster Movie.

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