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Movie the first, or the Calamitous Casting [Jun. 30th, 2003|07:39 pm]
Just me.
[mood |grumpygrumpy]

This will teach me not to read the "Parade" section of the newspaper in the staff breakroom.

I knew that Lemony Snicket's book series "A series of Unfortunate Events" had been optioned for motion picture-ness. I guessed that the principal child actors, like in the Harry Potter films, would likely be unknowns, so the adults would have to be box office draws.

So, who might lend that Edward Gorey-esque air to the role of evil Count Olaf?

Would you believe Jim Carrey?

I'm already prepared to HATE this film.

As Sunny would say, "BITE!".
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[User Picture]From: li_kao
2003-06-30 07:36 pm (UTC)
Ugh.
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[User Picture]From: raspberrypie
2003-06-30 07:38 pm (UTC)
are you JOKING?! he'd ruin it! NO!

*falls over and dies*
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[User Picture]From: rimrunner
2003-06-30 09:26 pm (UTC)
What is the sound of one head exploding?
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[User Picture]From: shoutingboy
2003-06-30 10:43 pm (UTC)

Contrarian me...

Jim Carrey is pretty damned talented, and has a pretty big bag of tricks. He's not terribly subtle, but face it, subtle is one thing ASoUE ain't.

The thing is, he makes lousy choices. Give him good direction and writing, and you're golden. Give him any say whatsoever, and you're screwed. So it all depends on who's making the movie.

Given that he's in a supporting role, there's reason to hope. Everything I said above applies just as strongly to Robin Williams, and he's done some brilliant work in supporting roles (think Dead Again). It's only when he's the star that his rotten choices ruin things.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2003-06-30 11:25 pm (UTC)

supporting role?

>>Given that he's in a supporting role, there's reason to hope.

You haven't read the books, have you?

Count Olaf isn't a supporting role- Mr. Poe. the banker, is a supporting role. Count Olaf is The Villain. Miscast or mis-direct your villain, and you've got no movie.

Whereas you could cast Keanu Reeves* as Mr. Poe and the movie might still be okay.

*but please, I beg you, don't.



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[User Picture]From: shoutingboy
2003-06-30 11:37 pm (UTC)

Re: supporting role?

I've read the first two, but it was a couple of years ago. But, yeah, from my vague memory, I'd count him as a supporting role. He's the figure of menace, overwhelming in the scenes he's in, but he's not on-camera nearly as much as the kids (who are on all the time).

And because he takes a back-seat to the kids, he may well be willing--for ego reasons--to accept more direction than he would when he's the main character.

And, yes, I absolutely agree that a bad Olaf will ruin the movie--but I'm pretty sure that Jim C. has what it takes to be a very good Olaf, always assuming he gets a good script and a strong director. And if the script and director aren't good, the movie's in trouble anyway.

BTW, who would you cast as Olaf, if it were up to you? (Assume that Alan Rickman is busy.)
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2003-07-01 12:45 am (UTC)

Re: supporting role?

>>BTW, who would you cast as Olaf, if it were up to you? (Assume that Alan Rickman is busy).

had not thought about rickman, but damn, yeah.

I'm thinking John Malkovich, especially the JM of 10 years ago. I think he could do count olaf's monobrow well.

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[User Picture]From: li_kao
2003-07-01 08:24 am (UTC)

Re: supporting role?

BTW, who would you cast as Olaf, if it were up to you?

I'd certainly let Willem Dafoe read for the part.
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[User Picture]From: shoutingboy
2003-07-01 01:11 am (UTC)

'had not thought about rickman, but damn, yeah.'

Speaking of which, read the new Potter yet? Man, I totally wasn't expecting her to kill Harry!

...so I wasn't surprised by the way she doesn't, in fact, kill Harry.
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[User Picture]From: puddinhed
2003-07-01 04:59 pm (UTC)
...so I wasn't surprised by the way she doesn't, in fact, kill Harry.

dang, you got my hopes up for nuthin :(
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[User Picture]From: jtemperance
2003-07-01 01:44 am (UTC)
Crispin Glover has got to be in there somewhere.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2003-07-01 02:41 am (UTC)

whoa!

that could work. inform the producers!

maybe the series will be like "Bewitched" and there'll be multiple Olafs over time....

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[User Picture]From: redrider
2003-07-01 08:06 am (UTC)
nooooooo! not carey!

re: rickman, glover -- i wholeheartedly agree, both would be so much better in the role.


oh, this is making me nervous for the film.

xox a.
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