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‘Nasty Women’ actor Alex Sharp says female-fronted 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' remake does more than ‘flip genders’

Alex Sharp attends the Hellessy Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 on Feb. 9, 2018. / Getty Images / Ben Gabbe

Rising star Alex Sharp has only good things to say about “Nasty Women” – as in the upcoming female-fronted remake of the Steve Martin and Michael Caine comedy hit “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

“It’s been completely rewritten,” says Sharp, sitting front-row at the Hellessy runway show during New York Fashion Week Friday. The British actor stars in the film alongside Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, the down-and-out con artists.

Hathaway and Wilson play the Martin and Caine roles, and Sharp plays the rube, a victim to their scheming, originally played by Glenne Headly. Even the new title, which Sharp says was inspired by Donald Trump’s now-infamous reference to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign, is still being reconsidered. (He’s suggested alternatives to producers, “but I don’t think I can say what until they make their decision.”)

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Sharp says this new version will stand out for “more than just flip flipping genders.”

“It’s Rebel and Anne, who are so talented and each bring a different energy to the roles,” he says.

“Nasty -- for now” will likely be a breakout film moment for Sharp, best known for his Tony-winning performance in the Broadway smash “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” He said the cast spent over a month and a half filming in London and Majorca. Gee, tough gig.

“Brutal,” he says, laughing.

“I’ve never done a straight-up comedy,” he adds. “And those two -- Rebel is known for her comedy skills but Anne is so funny, too. We had so much fun, to the point where we were almost worried we were getting unprofessional -- we were corpsing in scenes all the time,” he says, using the term for when actors crack each other up.

The film is slated for release this August.

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