Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Is Brad Pitt like Steve McQueen?

A Steve McQueen biopic has been in the works for a while, and now Examiner is pretty damn sure that Brad Pitt is about to sign up for the lead role. (The Playlist rightly notes that Examiner has listed no sources for this information, so one can only guess why they sound so damn sure about this). The film will be based on Steve McQueen's autobiography - Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel, and will focus mostly on McQueen's acting career which started in 1956. Keep in mind that this is one of the two McQueen biopics racing to open first, so we are going to have to deal with this speculation twice. Shooting is set to start later in 2009 for a 2010 release.

A lot of the reaction I've read is one giant hell no to Brad Pitt (wasn't this the same reaction to that rumor about Pitt remaking Bullit?) And usually I really hate having a knee-jerk hell no reaction to casting. In fact, I don't think Brad Pitt is as terrible an actor as some people believe. He was brilliant in Fight Club, underatted in Snatch, good in The Assasination of Jesse James, and even though I was dissapointed with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I at least liked his performance. So, he's not a terrible actor, he looks a little like McQueen, and he's probably one of the few movie stars we have left.

But casting Brad Pitt, just feels rather uninspired and predictable. A few other names have been suggested like Daniel Craig, Sam Worthington, and Damian Lewis. Damian Lewis, looks the most like McQueen, though he'd obviously have to dye his hair. I think knowing that we'll be doing this casting speculation all over again with another McQueen movie is going to take some of the fun out of this process.

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