Dane The Plane

Dane The Plane
Actor Dane Cook attends the premiere of Disney's "Planes".

Dane Cook is not the most beloved entertainer of all time. His polarising comedy act, while a big hit with the masses, has drawn criticism from comedy hipsters and his fellow funnymen.

Some accuse him of stealing material, others say he simply isn't funny.

Whatever you think of the guy, it must be admitted that the 41-year-old US actor has proved himself a survivor, and has managed to parlay his stand-up fame into a fairly decent movie career.

Highlights were Waiting, Dan In Real Life and Detention. The low point would have to be the execrable Good Luck Chuck.

With his new film Planes, which opens here on Thursday, Cook is trying something a bit different: Playing nice.

In Pixar's latest animated flick, he voices Dusty Crophopper, a humble crop duster who dreams of competing in an around-the-world race.

Could the film perhaps be a metaphor for Cook's career? Weirdly enough, he and his character share the same initials.

Read on to find out if he's finally managed to become likeable!

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