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Like it or not, Raging Bull 2 is currently filming with William Forsythe, Joe Mantegna, and Natasha Henstridge,

06.07.2012

Featuring a laundry list of 2nd tier and character actors, RAGING BULL 2, is currently filming in Los Angeles.  The prequel/sequel mash-up is written and directed by Martin Guigui (CATTLE CALL, BENEATH THE DARKNESS) and stars William Forsythe (THE ROCK) as Jake LaMotta, as famously portrayed by Robert DeNiro in director Martin Scorsese's renowned RAGING BULL.

The rest of the cast includes James Russo, Joe Mantegna, Natasha Henstridge, Penelope Ann Miller, Alicia Witt, Paul Sorvino, Robert Davi, Tom Sizemore, Bill Bellamy, and Ray Wise. 

The story is described as "both a prequel as well as a sequel to satisfy those fans who wonder about Jake LaMotta’s past and where he is now."

I'm sure that director Martin Guigui has his heart in the right place for this, but the fact that this is happening without DeNiro or Scorsese is tough to swallow, especially after such an iconic performance from both.  It's like ROBOCOP without Peter Weller (yeah, we saw how that turned out) or THE MASK without Jim Carrey.

In an interview with the Calgary Herald, the director and star talked about their involvement in the project: 

“My first reaction when I was offered it was ‘No, this is sacred ground,’ ” said Guigui. “Then I read the book, Raging Bull II, and then I met Jake. When I met Jake that sealed the deal.”

Forsythe addressed the "hate press" that hit with the news of RAGING BULL 2, saying, "I understand that because it’s such an iconic, beautiful and amazing first film — one of the great films maybe of all time. But our story has a lot more heart and I think it’s a beautiful depiction of who Jake really is. It’s the full spectrum. If you hang out for 10 minutes with Jake you’ll find out two things: He has a heart as big as this room and he has a great sense of humour.”

LaMotta gave his blessing to the sequel, saying, "“Who else has that done? Of course I’m excited. Two movies, one after the other, could you believe a thing like that? I’d never have believed it in a million years. But they think it’s interesting enough to do it. They must know something.”

I'm not so sure about that, Jake.  But, we'll see. 

RAGING BULL 2 is currently filming and will set to be released on DVD in theaters sometime in 2013.

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Extra Tidbit: William Forsythe is one of my favorite character actors and plays crazy to perfection. See him as the villain in Stone Cold or as the vengeful sheriff in The Devil's Rejects.

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7:46AM on 06/08/2012
Only Jake LaMotta owns the rights to Jake LaMotta's life. If he wants another movie made and he wants these guys to do it, more power to 'em. Forsythe can be a great actor and...whatever, you know? At worst it's a blip on the radar of cinematic history and at best it turns out to be a surprisingly good film that we can all enjoy.
Only Jake LaMotta owns the rights to Jake LaMotta's life. If he wants another movie made and he wants these guys to do it, more power to 'em. Forsythe can be a great actor and...whatever, you know? At worst it's a blip on the radar of cinematic history and at best it turns out to be a surprisingly good film that we can all enjoy.
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2:25AM on 06/08/2012
fine if they wanted to do another story about jake lamotta, but don't call it a sequel/prequel. make it a stand alone film instead and call it something else. this obviously has nothing to do with the first film except the character portrayed.
fine if they wanted to do another story about jake lamotta, but don't call it a sequel/prequel. make it a stand alone film instead and call it something else. this obviously has nothing to do with the first film except the character portrayed.
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11:46PM on 06/07/2012
so the guy this is based on is happy with it? SO why the hell can't I be? It's not a remake, so I really dont think there should be such an outrage.
so the guy this is based on is happy with it? SO why the hell can't I be? It's not a remake, so I really dont think there should be such an outrage.
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7:37PM on 06/07/2012
This HAS to be a direct to video, VOD release. There is no fucking way this cast and that writer/director bring this to the big screen. This would make nine dollars opening weekend.
This HAS to be a direct to video, VOD release. There is no fucking way this cast and that writer/director bring this to the big screen. This would make nine dollars opening weekend.
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7:18PM on 06/07/2012

yeah I don't know

it sounds like it's going directly to video man... MAYBE a limited theatrical run, if that.
it sounds like it's going directly to video man... MAYBE a limited theatrical run, if that.
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6:28PM on 06/07/2012
I know EXACTLY where Jake Lamotta is now: in my DVD collection in the form of ONE movie with no DTV sequels sitting next to it.
I know EXACTLY where Jake Lamotta is now: in my DVD collection in the form of ONE movie with no DTV sequels sitting next to it.
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5:48PM on 06/07/2012
Where in the world did this come from? Sounds like a horrible idea.
Where in the world did this come from? Sounds like a horrible idea.
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4:57PM on 06/07/2012
De Niro: Did you fuck my film?
De Niro: Did you fuck my film?
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4:24PM on 06/07/2012
Can't be as bad as the original.
Can't be as bad as the original.
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4:08PM on 06/07/2012

This is a bad idea

Who knows how it will end up, but with the current state of sequels I have to agree, there's room for panic.

On a side note: I miss Natasha Henstridge
Who knows how it will end up, but with the current state of sequels I have to agree, there's room for panic.

On a side note: I miss Natasha Henstridge
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4:01PM on 06/07/2012
I've got a raging whiskey dick for this movie, sorry I tried
I've got a raging whiskey dick for this movie, sorry I tried
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3:54PM on 06/07/2012

Is this another movie from The Asylum?

Another great Forsythe character is Manny Horvitz in Boardwalk Empire. I'm rarely shocked anymore by movies or television, but what he does to certain people in Boardwalk Empire made me gasp. He is one cold blooded killer. But this is a terrible, TERRIBLE idea. But really, is a Raging Bull fan going to see this and actually think it's worth watching? You'd might as well make a sequel to something like Carlito's Way starring the guy from Hostel. . . . Wait, what?!
Another great Forsythe character is Manny Horvitz in Boardwalk Empire. I'm rarely shocked anymore by movies or television, but what he does to certain people in Boardwalk Empire made me gasp. He is one cold blooded killer. But this is a terrible, TERRIBLE idea. But really, is a Raging Bull fan going to see this and actually think it's worth watching? You'd might as well make a sequel to something like Carlito's Way starring the guy from Hostel. . . . Wait, what?!
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7:13PM on 06/07/2012
To be fair, Jimmy (Michael Pitt) did fuck him over from the start.
To be fair, Jimmy (Michael Pitt) did fuck him over from the start.
3:50PM on 06/07/2012
Bill Bellamy?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Bill Bellamy?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
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7:14PM on 06/07/2012
I know, right? What rock did he crawl out from under? Last I saw that clown was in Any Given Sunday...like, 13 years ago!
I know, right? What rock did he crawl out from under? Last I saw that clown was in Any Given Sunday...like, 13 years ago!
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3:43PM on 06/07/2012
Raging Bullshit
Raging Bullshit
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