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    RIDLEY SCOTT
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    I actually think Russell Crowe would have been a great choice, I’m surprised Baz didn’t think of his fellow Aussie. No studio is going to cast John Goodman or Nathan Lane as a co-lead, be realistic. I like Travolta, but no.

    I agree. Russell Crowe would have been the perfect choice for that character

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    No studio is going to cast John Goodman or Nathan Lane as a co-lead, be realistic.

    It depends on the movie and the part. United Artists cast Nathan Lane as a co-lead in The Birdcage, directed by Mike Nichols; Universal cast John Goodman as a co-lead in Always, directed by Spielberg.

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     I think the casting of Colonel Tom Parker would have been improved with John Goodman or Russell Crowe or John Travolta or Nathan Lane

    Or J.K. Simmons!

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    Tom Hanks was fine in the role and was a huge reason for the movie’s success as 25% of the opening weekend audience said they came to see the movie because of Hanks. No one is complaining except film Twitter.

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    It depends on the movie and the part. United Artists cast Nathan Lane as a co-lead in The Birdcage, directed by Mike Nichols; Universal cast John Goodman as a co-lead in Always, directed by Spielberg.

    No studio today. Elvis was not casting in 1996 or 1989.

    By your logic a studio will cast Daryl Hannah as a romantic lead today because she was the romantic lead in Splash almost 40 years ago.

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    Either way that was the weakest performance from Hanks in quite some time. He felt out of place in the flashy world of Buz Luhrmann’s directing style which clashed with his acting sensitivity – his greatest roles were full of deap emotions and realism. His noble persona and acting resume also didn’t fit this cheap villainy he had to play.

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    Either way that was the weakest performance from Hanks in quite some time. He felt out of place in the flashy world of Buz Luhrmann’s directing style which clashed with his acting sensitivity – his greatest roles were full of deap emotions and realism. His noble persona and acting resume also didn’t fit this cheap villainy he had to play.

    Fair enough.

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    Either way that was the weakest performance from Hanks in quite some time. He felt out of place in the flashy world of Buz Luhrmann’s directing style which clashed with his acting sensitivity – his greatest roles were full of deap emotions and realism. His noble persona and acting resume also didn’t fit this cheap villainy he had to play.

    This. I agree Tom Hanks Was Miscast

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    No studio today. Elvis was not casting in 1996 or 1989.

    By your logic a studio will cast Daryl Hannah as a romantic lead today because she was the romantic lead in Splash almost 40 years ago.

    WOW. What a sexist and ageist and illogical response. Not “because” and we were talking about Tom Hanks, who isn’t playing a “romantic lead” in Elvis, but FYI, Daryl Hannah is the same age today (61) that Meryl Streep was in 2010 when she co-starred with 64 year old Steve Martin in It’s Complicated, a romantic comedy which was produced by a studio, Universal. But let’s focus on men, because both of my examples, Nathan Lane and John Goodman, are male— and I wan’t limiting myself to romantic lead roles— you did that— but many, many men within the last three years have played romantic leads at 61 or older in films produced by studios. For example, George Clooney is 61 and he’s playing a romantic lead this year opposite 54 year old Julia Roberts in Ticket to Paradise.

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    WOW. What a sexist and ageist and illogical response. Not “because” and we were talking about Tom Hanks, who isn’t playing a “romantic lead” in Elvis, but FYI, Daryl Hannah is the same age today (61) that Meryl Streep was in 2010 when she co-starred with 64 year old Steve Martin in It’s Complicated, a romantic comedy which was produced by a studio, Universal. But let’s focus on men, because both of my examples, Nathan Lane and John Goodman, are male— and I wan’t limiting myself to romantic lead roles— you did that— but many, many men within the last three years have played romantic leads at 61 or older in films produced by studios. For example, George Clooney is 61 and he’s playing a romantic lead this year opposite 54 year old Julia Roberts in Ticket to Paradise.

    You totally missed the point just to find something to be offended by. I never said older women can’t be romantic leads. I said someone who was only a romantic lead once in the 80s won’t be cast as one today. Meryl Streep was coming off Mamma Mia when she was cast in It’s Complicated. My point is that Nathan Lane and John Goodman won’t be cast as co-leads today because they were co-leads once in 1996 or 1989. Spare me your fake outrage.

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    You totally missed the point just to find something to be offended by. I never said older women can’t be romantic leads. I said someone who was only a romantic lead once in the 80s won’t be cast as one today. Meryl Streep was coming off Mamma Mia when she was cast in It’s Complicated. My point is that Nathan Lane and John Goodman won’t be cast as co-leads today because they were co-leads once in 1996 or 1989. Spare me your fake outrage.

    At BEST, your comment was ambiguous. I certainly didn’t intentionally misunderstand you— others similarly interpreted your post. While I often disagree with many of your comments, I sometimes find you knowledgeable and always admire your passion for movies. For that reason, I’m reluctant to block you but I hope we can mutually agree not to respond to each other’s posts so that we can avoid any future “misinterpretations” or “misunderstandings.” BTW. My outrage is NEVER fake. Cheers.

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    This movie did well fr. Box office success, major awards contender. If Fraser and Jackman don’t do well in their performances then Butler will take easily.

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    My point is that Nathan Lane and John Goodman won’t be cast as co-leads today because they were co-leads once in 1996 or 1989 . . . 

    Lane and Goodman were my suggestions as possible choices to replace Tom Hanks who was miscast in Elvis. Lane is presently set to star in Disney’s F*cking Identical Twins. Goodman works primarily in television. His last lead in film in 2016 was 10 Cloverfield Lane which broke $100 million at the box office. To me, both actors seemed viable contenders to appear in a movie where the subject matter and the visual style of its director are the box office draws.

    One could argue that a studio would not elevate a character actor who hasn’t worked in three years since a small role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to star as icon Elvis Presley in a film budgeted at $85 million. Yet, there is Austin Butler.

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    Lane and Goodman were my suggestions as possible choices to replace Tom Hanks who was miscast in Elvis. Lane is presently set to star in Disney’s F*cking Identical Twins. Goodman works primarily in television. His last lead in film in 2016 was 10 Cloverfield Lane which broke $100 million at the box office. To me, both actors seemed viable contenders to appear in a movie where the subject matter and the visual style of its director are the box office draws. One could argue that a studio would not elevate a character actor who hasn’t worked in three years since a small role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to star as icon Elvis Presley in a film budgeted at $85 million. Yet, there is Austin Butler.

    Well one of the two leads had to be a movie star. And since there are more middle aged movie stars now than any in their 20s. So it was a no brainer. It was better for them to audition all the young actors and find the best one even if was going to be a star making role for the actor.

    PS: Cheap horror movies sell themselves. That’s why you don’t see any actual movie stars in them.

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