March 24, 2018 at 9:56 pm #1202518668
I recently read the article discussing that several actors from the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, including Ben Platt, will only be an Oscar away from an EGOT if they win their upcoming Daytime Emmy nomination.
This got me thinking…Platt could EASILY win an Oscar if he portrays Evan Hansen for a film adaptation. He won a Tony for the same role. Besides that, the musical is incredible in every aspect and it could be portrayed so well on film.
I know there are many musicals waiting for their chance to become films, but is there any word on if this will be getting a big score chance?
Do you think Platt, or any other actors should reprise their roles, or should it be re-casted?March 24, 2018 at 10:15 pm #1202518669
It only opened on Broadway last year. I doubt they’d want a film version so soon since it would hurt ticket sales of the show and touring productions.
At 24 Platt I’m afraid would look to old to play a high school kid on film especially if it doesn’t get made for like 5 years or so which I would guess would be the time frame. (if it gets made at all.)March 25, 2018 at 10:09 am #1202518791
Come From Away opened last season on Broadway as well, several months after Dear Evan Hansen, and it’s already been greenlit for a film adaptation. There’s no reason why they can’t greenlight a Dear Evan Hansen film while it’s still fresh in everyone’s minds.March 25, 2018 at 10:10 am #1202518793
For Ben Platt, though, if he ultimately doesn’t reprise the role in a film version, at least he has time on his side when it comes to eventually winning an Oscar, as he’s only 24.March 25, 2018 at 10:44 am #1202518806
Ben Platt in DEH is one of the top ten performances of stage or screen I’ve ever seen, I can only hope if a film does happen it’s handled properly because Ben Platt deserves every accolade possible for his performance (the Words Fail scene alone could get him a nomination)March 25, 2018 at 11:29 am #1202518818
One of the main problems Ben Platt faced on the show was learning to sing live while bawling his eyes out for 8 shows a week. Since filming a movie is different, it definitely relieves some of the pressure considering he’s already done it before and he can probably nail those types of scenes in a few days. This will make him more likely to get on board with the whole idea.
However, one of the big praises critics gave him was precisely the ability to do that 8 times a week. What would their reviews look like if they see him do that and assume he only did it once on a really good day of shooting? How will it match up with all the other breakdowns we see on film every day?
Also, coming from another Fansen here, is it really ideal for all the stage actors to repeat their performances on film? I can see an argument for the adults, but the “teenagers” will probably look older 5-10 years down the line, which was one of the reasons “RENT” the film didn’t work. The director will also have to be really good since it’s not a big dance-y show, unlike Hairspray or Chicago and is very internal and simple. He/She can’t just assume he/she’s filming a musical live, or we’ll see another “THE PRODUCERS” misfire.
I’m on board if it’s with a good director and screenwriter, 2-5 more songs, and a serious review of the cast.
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