Billy Crystal Returns As 84th Academy Awards Host in ‘Off the Grid’

January 6, 2012 By:
Billy Crystal Returns As 84th Academy Awards Host in ‘Off the Grid’

Billy’s back!

Billy Crystal became an icon for Oscar hosting, and this year, the legend has returned. In a trailer for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox search for “the one they call ‘the Host’”. With cameos from Robin Williams, Vinnie Jones, and William Fiichtner, Josh and Megan travel far and wide to find Billy in the depths of Mongolia, asking him if he’ll take on the task.

“You could’ve just texted,” Crystal responds, in his familiar nice-guy voice.

The trailer will have a one-month run in over 2,000 theaters beginning January 6.

"We wanted to try something a little bit different this year instead of a traditional, clip-based piece," said Academy Chief Marketing Officer Christina Kounelias. "The trailer has a fun twist that conveys how excited everyone is to have Billy back."

The Academy teamed up with Funny or Die for the trailer.

“Our team had a great time working with the Academy and joining forces with Billy again," said Mike Farah, Funny Or Die's president of production. "We think the trailer really speaks to the excitement around this year’s Oscars®, and Funny Or Die was honored to be a part of it."

The official trailer of the 84th Academy Awards®. Watch LIVE on ABC Sunday February 26 7e / 4p