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C'mon Hollywood #206

05.05.2009

... give Dylan a biopic!
by Sturdy

Iím sick of talking and hearing about WOLVERINE, so I wanted to get in touch with my musical side this week. And what better time to bring up the subject of a Bob Dylan movie than a week after his latest album hit shelves? Iíve been a Dylan fan for a few years now, but I didnít even realize that heís had 33 albums so far. Most artists are lucky to have 2 or 3 and heís had 33. But even though heís still pushing out great music, nowís a good time to make a biopic on one of the most iconic musicians to ever live.

There are plenty of obstacles, however. Dylan is notoriously secretive and goes to great lengths to keep his private life private. Heck, he even took out a lawsuit before FACTORY GIRL came out because he disputed the claims the film made about him. Even though they had several sworn statements from people saying the events were basically true. So if heís going to dispute such a minor event in his life, getting a whole film about him would seem near impossible, at least without his involvement (another obstacle). But for the purpose of this article, letís just assume he would sign off on a biopic. Whether or not he ever would could be debated forever.


Parts were great, parts were meh.

In 2007, IíM NOT THERE was released and some Dylan fans have said thatís as close as youíre going to get to a Dylan biopic, at least while heís still alive. I liked IíM NOT THERE, if for no other reason than it opened me up to some Dylan songs I wasnít familiar with. But it was also a good film, even if it was a little all over the place. But it didnít satisfy my desire to see a Dylan biopic ala WALK THE LINE or RAY. But in some sense, maybe an artsy, eclectic movie like IíM NOT THERE is the only biopic that could do Dylan justice.


He could have done worse.

So I guess the big question is who would play Dylan on the big screen. Hayden Christiansen played him, I mean ďBilly QuinnĒ in FACTORY GIRL andÖdonít laughÖI thought he did pretty well. He captured his mannerisms, at least in the footage weíve seen in DONíT LOOK BACK and NO DIRECTION HOME. But I think the obvious answer is that it would have to be an unknown. I think Dylan would be an extremely tough role for any actor today, especially since it would have to span at least 40 years.


Good music documentary

I love music biopics and itís rare that we see a bad one. There are a lot of musicians Iíd like to see portrayed on the big screen (still want to see that Beatles movie). But for his fans, Bob Dylan is more than just a musician. Itís hard to explain, but if youíre not familiar with his music, then go buy ĎBlood on the Tracksí and thank me later.

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9:48PM on 05/05/2009
Anybody notice how much Adam Sandler looked like Bob Dylan in Reign on Me? There is no way in hell I am suggesting Adam Sandler for the job but damn it he looked like Dylan's twin! Would love to see a Dylan biopic! Focus on mid 50's to mid 70's with a touch at the end on the rest. How about a Zep biopic or someday a Guns N' Roses biopic? I'm sure both will come some day!
Anybody notice how much Adam Sandler looked like Bob Dylan in Reign on Me? There is no way in hell I am suggesting Adam Sandler for the job but damn it he looked like Dylan's twin! Would love to see a Dylan biopic! Focus on mid 50's to mid 70's with a touch at the end on the rest. How about a Zep biopic or someday a Guns N' Roses biopic? I'm sure both will come some day!
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7:27PM on 05/05/2009
Bob Dylan is one of my favorite people that ever lived. I even have a tattoo of him on my forearm.
Bob Dylan is one of my favorite people that ever lived. I even have a tattoo of him on my forearm.
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1:42PM on 05/05/2009
bob dylan is so horrible.
bob dylan is so horrible.
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1:37PM on 05/05/2009
No thanks. Just leave it be. He doesn't seem to want a true biopic about him, and that's okay. Personally, I don't think I would watch it. I don't care for the man, sure he has some good songs, but the man pisses me off to no end.

P.S. 'I'm Not There' sucked.
No thanks. Just leave it be. He doesn't seem to want a true biopic about him, and that's okay. Personally, I don't think I would watch it. I don't care for the man, sure he has some good songs, but the man pisses me off to no end.

P.S. 'I'm Not There' sucked.
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1:13PM on 05/05/2009
I find no need for any bio pic to have numerous actors playing one role. i find it silly and breaks up the true aspect we should feel from that character.
Many movies have done an excellent transition from one characters past persona/image to the next. although not as many as we would see for Bob. With that it would make for a longer movie.
Look at walk the line and coal miners daughter. i felt the character transition was fantastic. only problem would be the difficulty with the amount of
I find no need for any bio pic to have numerous actors playing one role. i find it silly and breaks up the true aspect we should feel from that character.
Many movies have done an excellent transition from one characters past persona/image to the next. although not as many as we would see for Bob. With that it would make for a longer movie.
Look at walk the line and coal miners daughter. i felt the character transition was fantastic. only problem would be the difficulty with the amount of imagery from Bob. If it doesn't zone in on each individual one for so long and make it not feel so segregated from the others and flow them together..bingo.
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12:26PM on 05/05/2009

I will play him

Probably could too...
Probably could too...
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12:08PM on 05/05/2009

I will play him

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Probably could too...
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11:57AM on 05/05/2009
I'm not sure we need a straight-up bio-pic, and I'm fairly satisfied with what we got. But here's an idea, since there's probably a bunch of actors, known and unknown, who could pass for the man at least a little (Adam Sandler's one of them). Eschew the "I'm Not There" format of different names and storylines, and just use different actors to portray the various eras of his life. Similar-looking, but different. The man's got an image. Unlike most musicians, though, his image is that he's always
I'm not sure we need a straight-up bio-pic, and I'm fairly satisfied with what we got. But here's an idea, since there's probably a bunch of actors, known and unknown, who could pass for the man at least a little (Adam Sandler's one of them). Eschew the "I'm Not There" format of different names and storylines, and just use different actors to portray the various eras of his life. Similar-looking, but different. The man's got an image. Unlike most musicians, though, his image is that he's always changing, always refining himself, gaining and losing fans as he goes. And it would be in keeping with some of his philosophical beliefs.

Now, finding enough actors who bear enough similarities to play him through all those years would be tough. By all means, don't just make it about his heyday with folk music and his British tour in the '60s. That stuff's got documentaries that are better already.

An inherent problem to this is that they kinda did that with "I'm Not There," except half those actors didn't look a thing like him, and most of them told stories that were only vaguely suggestive of his own life.
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9:57AM on 05/05/2009
Dylan's poetry has made such a historic impact that it wouldn't be right to not have a correct film to look back on. He's an ingenious messenger that i am forever grateful for.
Mark my words. I will make this movie. I promise.

New or old listen to it and listen closely.
Dylan's poetry has made such a historic impact that it wouldn't be right to not have a correct film to look back on. He's an ingenious messenger that i am forever grateful for.
Mark my words. I will make this movie. I promise.

New or old listen to it and listen closely.
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9:44AM on 05/05/2009
"IíM NOT THERE is the only biopic that could do Dylan justice." This is absolutely right. "The only thing I know is that people like his early stuff, hate the preachy 80's stuff and most everything else, and kinda maybe sorta like the new stuff because, well, he's old and still going.
Ugh." This is absolutely wrong.
I would love to see a good Bob Marley biopic based off of the biography 'Catch a Fire'.
"IíM NOT THERE is the only biopic that could do Dylan justice." This is absolutely right. "The only thing I know is that people like his early stuff, hate the preachy 80's stuff and most everything else, and kinda maybe sorta like the new stuff because, well, he's old and still going.
Ugh." This is absolutely wrong.
I would love to see a good Bob Marley biopic based off of the biography 'Catch a Fire'.
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9:32AM on 05/05/2009
the persona(s) he's created are so fragmented that you'd never be able to pull it off with out making the character schizophrenic; you would have to be a beatnik, an outlaw, a black man, a Jew for Jesus, and that just the first hour. Which I think is why IMNOT worked so well by weaving in and out of various periods in his life with various characters representing Dylan as a whole. That's the beauty of the man; a modern artist, he's an enigma to his fans and public, ya never know what your going
the persona(s) he's created are so fragmented that you'd never be able to pull it off with out making the character schizophrenic; you would have to be a beatnik, an outlaw, a black man, a Jew for Jesus, and that just the first hour. Which I think is why IMNOT worked so well by weaving in and out of various periods in his life with various characters representing Dylan as a whole. That's the beauty of the man; a modern artist, he's an enigma to his fans and public, ya never know what your going to get.
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8:50AM on 05/05/2009

Poor Bob Dylan

I'm not a Dylan fan, and this all seems like a bad idea even to me.

The only thing I know is that people like his early stuff, hate the preachy 80's stuff and most everything else, and kinda maybe sorta like the new stuff because, well, he's old and still going.
Ugh.
Biopics are for people who don't want to listen to someone's entire library and learn about the artist the best way possible. It's an easy connection for a viewer to become a "fan" Because lets face it, this biopics are only
I'm not a Dylan fan, and this all seems like a bad idea even to me.

The only thing I know is that people like his early stuff, hate the preachy 80's stuff and most everything else, and kinda maybe sorta like the new stuff because, well, he's old and still going.
Ugh.
Biopics are for people who don't want to listen to someone's entire library and learn about the artist the best way possible. It's an easy connection for a viewer to become a "fan" Because lets face it, this biopics are only made to sell "great hits" and "The Best of..." albums.

And "Don't Look Back" is hardly a music documentary. It's documenting the boredom of a young man who is encouraged and allowed to "push boundaries"

I can't believe I'm standing up for Dylan, but just buy his music listen to it. Like or or hate it, (just because he's an Icon doesn't mean you have to like it) and leave the poor fella alone.
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8:41AM on 05/05/2009

? ....I'm not there....Perfect.

Seriously, 'I'm Not There' was an amazing flick that re-invented the biopic picture. There are so many things that are distroying hollywood and you choose this?????
Seriously, 'I'm Not There' was an amazing flick that re-invented the biopic picture. There are so many things that are distroying hollywood and you choose this?????
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