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'Fireball,' the film: Cast your Clark and Carole

Posted by vp19 on 2015.07.02 at 21:59


(Anonymous) at 2015-07-03 13:27 (UTC) (Link)

Mythical Monkey here ...

Tough call.

The problem with most biopics is they rarely remind you why the subject was a star in the first place. Finding two actors who can make you say, "Oh yeah, this is why Gable and Lombard were giants," is going to take a bit of a miracle.

Carole Lombard was great at screwball comedy, cool sophisticated Ernst Lubitsch-style comedy and romantic drama, which is a tough combination to replicate even in three actresses.

Maybe Jennifer Lawrence -- can play mixes of comedy and drama, Oscar winner, etc. Could be convincing as a salty-tongued beauty with great comedic timing who nevertheless is wounded by love.

Clark Gable might even be tougher. I saw George Clooney's name on the list, but I see him as more of a Cary Grant type than a Clark Gable type. To me, you'd need somebody who could do comedy or tough, romantic roles, but who also has a bit of the bully about him, maybe even a little mean at times. Maybe more of the Christian Bale type.

Or maybe it's somebody we've never heard of. Many of the great casting choices in history were people you'd never really heard of until they were perfectly cast in what proved to be their breakout roles -- say, Carole Lombard in Twentieth Century or Clark Gable in Red Dust.

Eh, probably the Lifetime Channel will get hold of it and we'll wind up with the cast of Fifty Shades of Cr@p.
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