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Ben Stiller in early talks to take the lead in I Am Chippendales

03.31.2014

When I saw the headline for this Ben Stiller/Chippendales story, the two images in the header above were what I thought of. However, it doesnít sound like itís going to be a flick that goes straight for the laughs.

The story of I AM CHIPPENDALES is a true one based on the book by Rodney Sheldon, it centers on:

Steve Banerjee, an immigrant who went from pumping gas in Culver City to running a high-end nightclub that evolved into Chippendales. As the male-stripper concept became a phenomenon in the 1980s at the height of the womenís lib movement, Banerjee was consumed by excess and competition. After hiring a New York choreographer to polish the all-male dance troupe, he became wildly rich, and just as paranoid. Banerjee hired a hitman to murder the choreographer when negotiations went sour. After being arrested, Banerjee died in jail awaiting trial. Stiller will play the choreographer.

Deadline calls it a mix between MAGIC MIKE and SCARFACE. TRUE BLOODís Alan Ball will take on both helming and adapting duties. The project has been in the works since last year when it was revealed that 2014 would bring the final season of TRUE BLOOD.

This could be a great role for Stiller especially if itís more heavy on the dramatic side. Now Iím left wondering who will take on the part of Banerjee.

Source: Deadline

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11:48PM on 03/31/2014
Well, Banerjee was an Indian American, so... yeah sure let's bring in Robert Downey Jr. for that role.
Well, Banerjee was an Indian American, so... yeah sure let's bring in Robert Downey Jr. for that role.
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12:25AM on 04/01/2014
Whoops...should have googled the guy before suggestion a casting choice. My bad.
Whoops...should have googled the guy before suggestion a casting choice. My bad.
9:34PM on 03/31/2014
And how about Downey Jr for Banerjee. The two of them had great chemistry in Tropic Thunder.
And how about Downey Jr for Banerjee. The two of them had great chemistry in Tropic Thunder.
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12:25AM on 04/01/2014
The guy was an American Indian....just ignore this post altogether.
The guy was an American Indian....just ignore this post altogether.
8:57AM on 04/01/2014
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9:33PM on 03/31/2014
As great as he is at comedy, I wish he would do more dramatic roles like this. He was excellent in Greenberg and Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
As great as he is at comedy, I wish he would do more dramatic roles like this. He was excellent in Greenberg and Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
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8:55AM on 04/01/2014
Dammit Soloist, I told you not to interrupt my personal reflection period.
Dammit Soloist, I told you not to interrupt my personal reflection period.
7:40PM on 03/31/2014
interesting, so does this mean Stiller has a small role? I wonder if he dies early in the film? Hopefully not. He's proven he can act to me. Walter Mitty was excellent.
interesting, so does this mean Stiller has a small role? I wonder if he dies early in the film? Hopefully not. He's proven he can act to me. Walter Mitty was excellent.
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7:52PM on 03/31/2014
Nobody makes me bleed my own blood. NOBODY!
Nobody makes me bleed my own blood. NOBODY!
12:47AM on 04/01/2014
nice ElderPredator. LOL!
nice ElderPredator. LOL!
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7:24PM on 03/31/2014
I had never heard anything ab that story, but it sounds really good. Stiller's casting might be odd - might not work - but he's proven he can act to me (Greenberg - man I wish ppl who go see and buy those museum movies were forced to watch that. Well, ones that are older than 18ish I guess).
I had never heard anything ab that story, but it sounds really good. Stiller's casting might be odd - might not work - but he's proven he can act to me (Greenberg - man I wish ppl who go see and buy those museum movies were forced to watch that. Well, ones that are older than 18ish I guess).
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7:28PM on 03/31/2014
And at Globo-Gym, you can turn that Frankenstein you see in the mirror every morning into Franken-fine!
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7:16PM on 03/31/2014
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