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DiCaprio is Theodore Roosevelt
The Star ^ | 9/12/05

Posted on 09/26/2005 12:24:10 AM PDT by Uncle Joe Cannon

DiCaprio is Theodore Roosevelt

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have been named by Paramount Pictures to respectively star and direct in the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Edmund Morris book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, says Variety.

The film adaptation, currently being written by Nicholas Meyer (The Human Stain), will chronicle the political career of Roosevelt (DiCaprio), from a slight and privileged New York politician with a Harvard degree, right up to his ascension to the White House as the 26th U.S. president.

At present, DiCaprio and Scorsese are working on their third film together - after Gangs of New York and The Aviator - entitled The Departed, the Warner Bros. remake of the Hong Kong crime drama Infernal Affairs.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: buckstopshere; edmundmorris; leonardodicaprio; martinscorsese; nicholasmeyer; paramountpictures; theodoreroosevelt; tr
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1 posted on 09/26/2005 12:24:10 AM PDT by Uncle Joe Cannon
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Having this sissyboy portray TR just isn't right.


2 posted on 09/26/2005 12:24:45 AM PDT by Uncle Joe Cannon
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
Having this sissyboy portray TR just isn't right.

I've always thought Gary Sinise would be great in the role. (Capt. Dan in "Forrest Gump).

He's a true patriot and could do some great cosmetic things to look like TR.

Other things aside...DiCaprio is a lanky six-foot-plus! Are they gonna make him stand in a ditch?

3 posted on 09/26/2005 12:28:38 AM PDT by paulat
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
Having this sissyboy portray TR just isn't right.

RALOH...EARL...BUICK

Must be a hit piece on a great man.

4 posted on 09/26/2005 12:30:54 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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Howard Hughes was too far a stretch for him. Teddy's even more so.


5 posted on 09/26/2005 12:31:41 AM PDT by D-fendr
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To: paulat

I don't trust Hollyweird to stay faithful to the Edmund Morris biography either.


6 posted on 09/26/2005 12:31:46 AM PDT by Uncle Joe Cannon
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Uh, word to Leo: You're not that convincing.


7 posted on 09/26/2005 12:34:09 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (The Democratic Party-Jackass symbol, jackass leaders, jackass supporters.)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

"Howard Hughes was too far a stretch for him. Teddy's even more so."

The very reason I didn't see the film. Interesting subject, dreadful casting for Howard Hughes. Looks like this male gigolo will continue to pollute the movies.


8 posted on 09/26/2005 12:39:10 AM PDT by KamperKen
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon; paulat
I don't trust Hollyweird to stay faithful to the Edmund Morris biography either.

I don't trust Edmund Morris to stay faithful to the subject of his books either.

9 posted on 09/26/2005 12:42:10 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (France is an example of retrograde chordate evolution.)
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To: William Creel
Didn't he play Truman?

Yup...and he also played George Wallace.

I think they could have done some easy cosmetic things to make him a GREAT TR.

11 posted on 09/26/2005 12:50:45 AM PDT by paulat
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To: Paleo Conservative

Edmund Morris was considered a respected historian, and his book on a TR - a masterpiece. That's why he got the Reagan gig in the first place, and that is also why everyone was so shocked and horrified by his biography of Reagan.


12 posted on 09/26/2005 12:51:00 AM PDT by Uncle Joe Cannon
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
No kidding. My wife rented The Aviator, and I laughed out loud when de Caprio came on screen in that little leather jacket. He looked like someone trying to play Howard Hughes in the high school play.
13 posted on 09/26/2005 12:52:59 AM PDT by Uncle Vlad
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Scorcese seems convinced that DiCaprio has range, but I've never seen it. Like so many actors pushed lately, I see them on the screen and think, for example, "He's acting like Darth Vader (or whoever)" instead of "That's Darth Vader."


14 posted on 09/26/2005 1:28:59 AM PDT by Tredge (Your Democratic Party - A Cult in Search of its Personality)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
Sorry, I can't see a resemblance.


15 posted on 09/26/2005 1:55:10 AM PDT by newzjunkey (CA: Stop union theft for political agendas: YES on Prop 75!)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

TR was a man, not a boy.


16 posted on 09/26/2005 1:55:10 AM PDT by Chicha Kazembe
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

The best thing going for this project is Meyer. He wrote a good Star Trek film in "The Wrath of Khan."


17 posted on 09/26/2005 1:56:32 AM PDT by newzjunkey (CA: Stop union theft for political agendas: YES on Prop 75!)
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To: newzjunkey

Actually, with sideburns I don't think DiCaprio would look too bad as a young TR. He just doesn't seem to match the persona.


18 posted on 09/26/2005 2:05:12 AM PDT by SpringheelJack
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

DiCaprio is an actor. Movies are fiction.


19 posted on 09/26/2005 2:09:48 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: ncountylee

They're going to make a movie about that cowboy who found himself in the Oval Office? ;-)

How quaint...


Hollywood would love to rewrite history. In fact, I can see the title of the film now - "A History of Freedom".

In the movie, a female Democrat and peace activist travels through time correcting what once went horribly wrong. She'd visit Hitler and talk him out of genocide and world conquest, and then convince FDR and Churchill that Hitler was absolutely serious, and that Britain and the U.S. should disarm completely. She would go back in time and rescue JFK from assassination. She might even travel to the fledgeling Soviet Union and help them realize that Communism is really about feelings.

And when she returned to her own time, the history of freedom will have been rewritten... Hitler would rule the Western World, Japan the Pacific, the Soviet Union will be clinging onto Siberia (because nobody wants Siberia), and Muslim terrorists will be terrorizing the chaos from the Mediterranean to China, and everything north and south.

Africa will have been cleansed by biological warfare on the part of the Nazis, and tyranny would dominate the four corners of the Earth...

Of course, in the movie they'll rewrite the ending so that she returns to a paradise... but that's just Hollywood for you.


20 posted on 09/26/2005 2:17:10 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: ncountylee

They are having a she-man play a he-man?


21 posted on 09/26/2005 2:32:09 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: paulat

Is Sinise being ignored because he is patriotic and supports our troops?


22 posted on 09/26/2005 3:12:49 AM PDT by tina07 (In Memory of my Father - WWII Army Air Force Veteran)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

I imagine there will be extensive storyline surrounding dicaprio and the teddybear


23 posted on 09/26/2005 3:49:54 AM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: newzjunkey
Yeah, Nicholas Meyer is a good writer & pretty good director, in my experience. Besides his work on Star Trek II, IV and VI I've read a couple of pastiche Sherlock Holmes novels he wrote, one of which he made into a movie (The Seven Percent Solution).
24 posted on 09/26/2005 3:56:09 AM PDT by Sloth (We cannot defeat foreign enemies of the Constitution if we yield to the domestic ones.)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

"DiCaprio is Theodore Roosevelt"

I don't think so.


25 posted on 09/26/2005 3:57:45 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Anyone who has read "The Rise of Theordore Roosevelt" would understand that as a young man, TR was frail and sickly. He fixed that by starting a ranch in the Dakota Territory. After a few years of "roughing it" and by shear determiniation, TR came back as the mentally and physically tough man whose image is carved on Mt Rushmore.

That said, Leonardo DiCaprio may be an excellent choice for a young TR. Hayden Christenson might also have worked as well (the thought of Darth Vader as the man responsible for "gunboat diplomacy" may be too much).


26 posted on 09/26/2005 4:33:53 AM PDT by bobjam (E rISE OF tHEORODRE)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
DiCaprio is Theodore Roosevelt

Teddy must be spinning in his grave at this news.

Gag me with a spoon. DiCaprio couldn't act his way out of a paper bag.



And, he's an idiot, to boot!!
27 posted on 09/26/2005 4:35:41 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: bobjam

Having read the book, as well, I see your point. Sickly, however is not the same as prissy.


28 posted on 09/26/2005 4:39:34 AM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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To: PGalt
DiCaprio is an actor

Let's not exaggerate here.

29 posted on 09/26/2005 7:22:37 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (What ever crushes individuality is despotism, no matter what name it is called. J S Mill)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
DiCaprio is Theodore Roosevelt

My nickname in my College frat was Teddy - I look nothing like DiCaprio. They should have Boulton play the part.

30 posted on 09/26/2005 7:30:59 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: KC Burke

Perhaps not prissy, but Morris does point out that TR was always among the best dressed at Harvard, and he drove a fancy carriage.


31 posted on 09/26/2005 9:36:39 AM PDT by bobjam (E rISE OF tHEORODRE)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
My favorite Leo scene...


32 posted on 09/26/2005 9:38:20 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (You are stuck on stupid, Iím not going to answer that question ~ General Honore)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
"Having this sissyboy portray TR just isn't right."

I used to think that about Leo too, but I've had to admit he can just flat out act. His portrayal of Howard Hughes was one of the best acting jobs I've seen in years. He was much better than Jamie Foxx in "Ray" and should have won best actor. Granted, a skinny smaller guy like Leo playing a big, physical guy like TR is a stretch, but in terms of acting chops I have no doubt Leo could pull it off.

33 posted on 09/26/2005 9:40:32 AM PDT by joebuck
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To: KamperKen
The very reason I didn't see the film. Interesting subject, dreadful casting for Howard Hughes.

You've just stated, very clearly, that you don't have a clue because you're ignorant of the film.

DiCaprio did an excellent job of portraying Howard Hughes - much, much better than I expected him to do. Cate Blanchett was a stunning Kate Hepburn and Ava Gardner was beautifully portrayed by Kate Beckinsale.

Saw it twice in the theatre and three more times at home on the DVD I purchased.

DiCaprio's TR may be equally excellent; we'll just have to wait and see.

34 posted on 09/26/2005 9:43:22 AM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Hank Rearden

Good to know I'm not alone in liking the Aviator. After Gangs of NY I wasn't holding out much hope, but it was an excellent movie. I particularly liked the Gardner character.


35 posted on 09/26/2005 9:44:53 AM PDT by durasell
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
Just what exactly is going on between this kid and Scorsese anyway? This ain`t no De Niro partnership, this is just plain weird. What`s next, Leo Di Girlio playing Frederick Douglass?
36 posted on 09/26/2005 9:48:14 AM PDT by WillamShakespeare
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To: WillamShakespeare

De Niro is in his sixties and is on the downward slope of where he can put enough butts in seats to justify a $90 mil budget.

Di Caprio is on the upward slope of "movie stardom" and can attract the financing and requisite butts in seats.

In truth, he's not a bad actor for a "movie star," which is probably something else "Marty" likes.


37 posted on 09/26/2005 9:51:23 AM PDT by durasell
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
Didn't Alec Baldwin play Lt. Col. James Doolittle in some Pearl Harbor movie? Geena Davis and Marty Sheen as POSOTUS...er ummm POTUS

hollywood....it would almost be funny.....if it weren't so pathetic.

38 posted on 09/26/2005 9:58:28 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo ("When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk!")
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

no way!


39 posted on 09/26/2005 9:59:07 AM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: Uncle Vlad

Exactly what I said, not only did he not look like the guy, he also came across as someone trying too much to act like Howard Hughes which was distracting as hell. That`s exactly how High school kids act who are trying too hard to impress. There`s a million actors out there who not only could have looked more like HH (like Edward Norton), but could have done it a million times better. Instead the studios think they`re going to get another "Titanic" by casting Leo Di Girlio in every freggin` movie that comes along. It`s all about money, that`s all it`s about and if the pants are 20 sizes too big, too bad, they`ll make them fit. That`s why Gangs of New York failed. Gangs of New York was one of the greatest books I ever read, and I couldn`t believe what they did to that. It was like some la di da musical without the music. I half expected them to break out in dance during the fight scenes.


40 posted on 09/26/2005 10:03:14 AM PDT by WillamShakespeare
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon; SittinYonder

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!


41 posted on 09/26/2005 10:04:09 AM PDT by eyespysomething ("The Constitution is the court's taskmaster and it's Congress' taskmaster as well" John G. Roberts)
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To: Corin Stormhands

LOLOLOLOLOL


42 posted on 09/26/2005 10:05:48 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: durasell

Yeah but De Niro and Scorcese only did movies that fit De Niros abilities perfectly, like Taxi Driver, Godfather 2, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and he turned down stuff he knew wouldn`t fit like playing Jesus in Last Temptation (as if Willem Dafoe was any better). This Decaprio stuff though is ridiculous. This guy is constantly getting cast in parts way out of his range, like casting Mickey Rooney to play Andre the Giant, and to me it`s all because they want to ride on the coattails of Titanic. They can`t let that movie go. Leo should stick to surfer dude movies.


43 posted on 09/26/2005 10:13:17 AM PDT by WillamShakespeare
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding.


44 posted on 09/26/2005 10:14:04 AM PDT by retrokitten (www.retrosrants.blogspot.com)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
Actually DiCaprio was very good playing Howard Hughes in The Aviator. I can see him as Teddy Roosevelt.
45 posted on 09/26/2005 10:14:12 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Corin Stormhands

Now that was scene worthy of an Oscar. "J-J-Jack c-c-come baaack...c-c-come back Jack c-come b-back! *peeeeeep*"


46 posted on 09/26/2005 10:15:37 AM PDT by WillamShakespeare
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To: Corin Stormhands

*snicker*


47 posted on 09/26/2005 10:16:11 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

That's just wrong. Name trumps talent, I suppose.


48 posted on 09/26/2005 10:16:46 AM PDT by I'm ALL Right!
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

DiCaprio should not be cast! I William Shakespeare say no no no!!


49 posted on 09/26/2005 10:19:50 AM PDT by WillamShakespeare (To spelling bee or not to spelling bee!)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
This pretty-boy gets too much work in Hollywood.

Is not there someone else (possibly and "unknown") that can portray T-Rex?

50 posted on 09/26/2005 10:20:05 AM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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