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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.
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?
Must be a hit piece on a great man.
Howard Hughes was too far a stretch for him. Teddy's even more so.
I don't trust Hollyweird to stay faithful to the Edmund Morris biography either.
Uh, word to Leo: You're not that convincing.
"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.
I don't trust Edmund Morris to stay faithful to the subject of his books either.
Yup...and he also played George Wallace.
I think they could have done some easy cosmetic things to make him a GREAT TR.
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.
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."
TR was a man, not a boy.
The best thing going for this project is Meyer. He wrote a good Star Trek film in "The Wrath of Khan."
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.
DiCaprio is an actor. Movies are fiction.
They're going to make a movie about that cowboy who found himself in the Oval Office? ;-)
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.
They are having a she-man play a he-man?
Is Sinise being ignored because he is patriotic and supports our troops?
I imagine there will be extensive storyline surrounding dicaprio and the teddybear
"DiCaprio is Theodore Roosevelt"
I don't think so.
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).
Having read the book, as well, I see your point. Sickly, however is not the same as prissy.
Let's not exaggerate here.
My nickname in my College frat was Teddy - I look nothing like DiCaprio. They should have Boulton play the part.
Perhaps not prissy, but Morris does point out that TR was always among the best dressed at Harvard, and he drove a fancy carriage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
hollywood....it would almost be funny.....if it weren't so pathetic.
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.
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.
You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding.
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*"
That's just wrong. Name trumps talent, I suppose.
DiCaprio should not be cast! I William Shakespeare say no no no!!
Is not there someone else (possibly and "unknown") that can portray T-Rex?