Wallace Shawn plays "Lancelot Squarejaw"
Famed character-actor, comedian and award-winning screenwriter and playwright Wallace Shawn plays a mysterious trilogy of characters in Jack and the Beanstalk, appearing sepa- rately as the purveyor of goods at a magical pawnshop and, later, at a bookstore. Lastly, he plays a concerned fairy-tale father, Lancelot Squarejaw.
A veteran actor with over 115 film and television credits to his name, Shawn has made a name for himself playing quirky, often unstable characters that range from the commonest of the common-man roles to some of the most cracked, absurdly off-center characters in screen history. Along with a thriving career doing voices for animated hits like, “Toy Story”, “Toy Story 2” and “Monsters, Inc.”, Wallace is mostly known for his work as a supporting actor in such films as “The Princess Bride”, “Clueless”, and “Manhattan”, and on television in pro- grams such as “The Cosby Show”, “Murphy Brown”, and “Taxi”. His most prominent con- tribution on screen, however, was as writer and co-star of the semi-autobiographical 1981 film, “My Dinner with Andre”.
Universally recognized by face and by voice, Wallace Shawn brings a level of likeability and a unique style to every project he is involved with. His ability to make any character he plays into a memorable one is truly welcome in a film where he plays three.