updated 02/21/2008 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/23/2008 AT 11:00 AM ET
As host of Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, Rainn Wilson is forgoing traditional formal attire for a more revealing look.
“You see a lot of my unfortunate body,” Wilson told PEOPLE about stripping down in pre-taped segments that will air with the show on Saturday on cable’s IFC and AMC. “You see a lot of my body of work – let me put it that way.” Specifically, Wilson says he plays to show off his “buttocks” for comic effect.
Looser than most award shows, the Spirit Awards will feature a fleet of taped skits featuring Wilson in “a lot of crazy getups,” as he pokes fun of nominated films and actors. “The conceit is that I’ve auditioned for all the [movies] up for best picture, and that we’ve tracked down my audition tapes,” he says. (Several clips have already surfaced online, including one hilarious segment in which Wilson attempts to audition for Michael Cera’s role in Juno in skimpy jogging shorts.)
Another Indie Spirit tradition: presenters perform parody tunes to introduce all the best picture nominees. Apart from Juno, this year’s nominated slate includes heavy dramas – specifically I’m Not There, A Mighty Heart, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Paranoid Park – and Wilson says writing comic bits has proven problematic at times. “We looked at a lot of different ways to try and put music with A Mighty Heart – and it just didn t work,” he says. ” [It’s] just too tragic and too real and too sad. We tried writing a song that was basically how it’s impossible to sing a song about [it] … but I did shoot my audition to play the role of Daniel Pearl.”
And Angelina Jolie, who played Mariane Pearl in the film, will get her chance to review his performance. She is up for best female lead. Other high-profile nominees include: Cate Blanchett, nominated for best supporting female in I’m Not There, Juno’s Ellen Page, Sienna Miller and Philip Seymour Hoffman.