Tuesday, April 15, 2008

oliver stone is loose again

No idea where this picture is from.

Kevin has been following the casting for Olivers Stone's biopic about George W. Bush, "W." Kevin dixit:

Dubya gets his damsel: Elizabeth Banks will play Laura Bush in Oliver Stone's forthcoming W, with Josh Brolin in the title role. W starts shooting next month in Shreveport. As a admirer of Stone's Nixon, I for one am looking forward to the finished product.

Update: Here comes 41. Stone casts James Cromwell and Ellen Burstyn as George H.W. and Barbara Bush respectively.

Now, I'm not a huge fan of Stone's work, but I then again haven't seen much of it. I remember liking Salvador, and I thought The Doors was a great musical comedy (though I don't think that was the director's intention). I saw about two minutes of Natural Born Killers, and that was enough to give me the idea that it was a monumentally self-indulgent and sensationalist piece of garbage. So I don't know if I'll see W., but I am intrigued by Kevin's observation that Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Karl Rove have yet to be cast. The possibilities dizzy me. I want my readers to offer some nominations of actors for each of these parts, and then we'll have a poll. Any ideas?


cowboyangel said...

Philip Seymour Hoffman definitely as Karl Rove. Sam Rockwell as a 2nd choice?

Anthony Hopkins as Cheney. That Hannibal Lecter thing going for him. Hoffman might also be able to do Cheney.

Tommy Lee Jones as Rumsfeld. Or Clint Eastwood? Or maybe Frank Langella - he just played Nixon.

I liked Salvador at the time. Platoon wasn't bad. Wall Street had moments, but he was starting to get preachy. I don't know if I've seen anything since then.

Liam said...

Those are all very good. All the ideas I've come up with so far have been rather fanciful -- I was thinking of Tom Waits playing all three roles (a la Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove), or maybe having Samuel L. Jackson as Rumsfeld...

By the way, the church is San Gines, and it's in the calle Arenal -- between Sol and Opera.

KcM said...

Thandie Newton's been cast as Condi Rice as well.

I'll stand by my earlier idea of zombie J.T. Walsh as Cheney. He would've been too perfect. If not him, maybe David Huddleston? (a.k.a. The Big Lebowski) Then they could Philip Seymour Hoffman to do Brandt again for Scooter Libby.

James Woods is one of Stone's resident S.O.B.'s I wouldn't be surprised to see him pop up somewhere. Hopkins and TLJ are good calls, but I'd prefer character actors in those roles...maybe Michael Gambon and John Mahoney?

Speaking of Waits, as you may have heard, he's playing the Devil in the next Gilliam flick, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (i.e. the one in which Depp, Law, and Farrell are finishing up Heath Ledger's part.)

Jeff said...

Oliver Stone is sort of a mixed bag for me. I thought 'Salvador' and 'Wall Street' were terrific. I was disappointed in Platoon (too many racist overtones) and thought JFK was absurd. I've only caught bits and pieces of his other movies, but they seem to be getting increasingly marginal and conspiratorial.

Don Rumsfeld is such a movie cartoon character in his own right, it's hard to think of anyone who could play his role and do it justice. Richard Crenna, maybe? "Chaos! Violence! Henny-penny, the sky is falling, I've never seen anything like it..."

Karl Rove... Who was the creepy Nazi guy in black leather in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'?

Dick Cheney... How about Ian McDiarmid, the guy who played Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in Star Wars? I'm intrigued by the Samuel Jackson idea. Here's McDiarmid and Jackson the way it should have been with Cheney and Powell.

cowboyangel said...

I like the Tom Waits as all 3 idea.

And Waits as the Devil . . . Yeah, I can see that.

But Kevin - You want Dumbledore to play Cheney?!?! :-)

Though, true, Gambon can do many things. John Mahoney - wasn't he Fraiser's dad?

Woods played Rudy, right? I'm sure Stone could fit him in somehow.

Jeff, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Richard Crenna is now limited to doing roles in the Great Beyond. But not a bad choice.

What about Ed Norton as Rove?

crystal said...

zombie J.T. Walsh :)

Stone did some screenwriting - Conan the Barbarian and The Year of the Dragon ... not so bad

I liked Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July - still havent seen Salvador, but mean to.

Maybe Stone could cast those guys from the ehtics-challenged characters in the X-Files ... the cigarette-smoking/cancer man as Cheney .... alien bounty-hunter guy as Rumsfeld .... Krycek as Rove.