January 31, 2013 at 9:39 am #89534
I apologize if a similar thread exists. I haven’t seen one since I’ve been a member
In Oscar history, biopics have had a solid place as being winners – and rightly so. Actors are given the task of recreating someone’s entire persona. However, there are far too many people who deserve biopics but haven’t yet received one (or a mainstream one). Here are a few ideas
All Along The Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix)
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Idris Elba (Jimi Hendrix), Eddie Murphy (Little Richard), Jamie Foxx (Curtis Knight), Mackenzie Crook (Mitch Mitchell), Jesse Eisenberg (Noel Redding) and Gary Bourdan (Billy Cox)
This biopic will mainly take place between 1969 and 1970. The bulk of the movie will concern Hendrix’s preparation for his legendary performance at Woodstock, but will also show his friendship with Little Richard and Curtis Knight, his band’s breakup and reunion and his death in 1970
If this film was to be made, it should be made by someone like Scorsese. One of his first professional experiences was editing the documentary “Woodstock”, and therefore would have quite a bit of insight into the life of Hendrix.
If this film was made, it would see some award attention. Idris Elba is an excellent actor and could score a Best Actor nomination. Eddie Murphy could try again to win an Academy Award (however, since his behavior when he lost is less than admirable, I’m hesitant).
Leaving Hollywood (Jimmy Stewart)
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Johnny Depp (Jimmy Stewart) and Liam Neeson (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
The biopic would concern Jimmy Stewart, one of the most popular actors at the time, retiring from acting temporarily to serve in the airforce during World War II. The film shows experiences from Stewart during WWII and is wrapped-around a meeting Stewart is engaging in with Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Eastwood could make a good comeback with a proper biopic. With a story like Stewart’s (the typical “Hollywood saves the world” parade) he could gain his third Best Director and Best Picture trophies.
Depp is overdue for an Academy Award, and this could be it. Neeson is the same and they both could end up Academy Award winners if this film is made.January 31, 2013 at 10:44 am #89536
I think Eric Clapton has one of the most interesting life stories: After his mother gave birth to him at the age of 16, he grew up thinking that his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister. With his starts in the Yardbirds, moving on to John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, and then leaving them to start the legendary supergroup Cream, followed by his work with Blind Faith and Delaney and Bonnie and Friends before starting his solo career. In the meanwhile, he had become close friends with then-Beatle George Harrison, whose wife he fell in love with and later married (while still maintaining a close friendship with Harrison). During the ’80s, Clapton became a Christian, and sober from his alcohol and drug addiction, and in the early ’90s faced the tragic death of his infant son.
I would cast either Gary Oldman or Henry Ian Cusick for the role of Clapton.January 31, 2013 at 10:45 am #89537
THE LAST LION …..WINSTON S CHURCHILL
Based on the biography by William Manchester and staring the one and only, Albert Finney , whose portrayal of Churchill in ”the Wilderness years ” was truly atmospheric
It should start with Churchill’s priviledged upbring and schooling at Eton and then cover his near death experiences fighting in the Sudan and S Africa and then move onto his ”Finest Hour ” in the summer of 1940 when things were really hopeless for Britain
Fortunately for the Allies , he was able to mobilize the English language and send it off to war and to keep the spirits high untill help came from across the Atlantic
January 31, 2013 at 10:53 am #89538
I would watch all of these ideas.. Has Churchill never been done?! Tell me Phillip Seymour Hoffman ain’t playing that role!January 31, 2013 at 11:01 am #89539
…on that note, I also think a biopic about the life of George Harrison would be great, but not sure who I would cast for the role.January 31, 2013 at 11:09 am #89540
Philip Seymour Hoffman is actually a perfect choice!January 31, 2013 at 11:09 am #89541
Churchill’s early life was covered with ”Young Winston ”…a historically accurate movie
Albert Finney covered his ”wilderness years ” in the 1930’s that ended with Churchill becoming prime minister in may 1940
A magnificent and eerie resurrection of the mighty ChurchillJanuary 31, 2013 at 11:18 am #89542
An historically accurate movie about G A Custer would be excellent , showing his experiences in the Civil War to his final rondezvous with the Indians at Little Big Horn …Custer was a man of much ambition and many talents , including political and literary ,and could very well of became President if he had not foolishly got himself killed … he was no ”little big man ”January 31, 2013 at 11:21 am #89543
For Custer, please see Raoul Walsh’s magnificent They Died With Their Boots On (1941), with Errol Fiynn doing a great job in the role.January 31, 2013 at 11:36 am #89544
Never seen it, SF.. I wonder where I can find it, I doubt its on Netflix.January 31, 2013 at 11:37 am #89545
I’ve heard that Johnny Depp wants to play me in my biopic.. But, I don’t know. I think I should just play myself.
Someone get my red dress ready! I’ll also need someone to help me down the stairs..
HAPPY 92nd BIRTHDAY TO ME!!
-CarolJanuary 31, 2013 at 11:38 am #89546
A biopic of the life of Julius Caesar would be fascinating …here was a truly ”great man ” if not a great bad man …he combined many unusual talents of political , intellectual , literary AND ”man of action ” and really set the ancient world ablaze ..naturally , he was also a rank opportunist who, they say , was any woman’s husband and any man’s wife ….a dangerous dude !January 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm #89547This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.January 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm #89548
Roman Polanski could be an interesting story, if told right.
Very true. He probably has one of the most interesting life stories of any well-known director.January 31, 2013 at 12:39 pm #89549
That’s excellent (Polanski), so long as it is fair and told from different perspectives.. Christoph Waltz, perhaps? Who could direct it? Lars von Trier?Not now
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