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01.02.2008
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Daniel Radcliffe is still trying to rub the typecast off, and after a successful turn as a young man with a sexual interest in horses in EQUUS, it looks like he's going to be playing Dan Eldon, a 22 year old journalist tragically stoned to death in Mogadishu. It's undoubtedly a great role for the kid, but the thing that blows me away is what Eldon's mother had to say about previous Hollywood advances; apparently, she has turned Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Ryan Philippe and Joaquin Pheonix away in the past. Apparently, "there are parallels in the two Dans' lives. Daniel Radcliffe is a poet, he keeps journals and he's half Jewish. He has a puckishness, sense of humour and energy inside him which remind me of Dan." Really? Radcliffe is a poet? I don't know, if it were me, I'd take either of the Oscar nominees from that list, even if one of them was a little too old and the other had just played a gay cowboy. But that's just me.

Still, the remarkable story of Dan Eldon's life is a truly rich one, so this should make for a wonderful film. You can read the article by The Guardian over HERE to get kind of a cliff-notes version of the story. For everything else, I guess you'll have to wait for the movie. Or buy one of his books. Yeah, probably buy one of his books.
Extra Tidbit: Hilary Swank won an Oscar for pretending she had a dick, you're telling me Ledger can't convincingly pretend he likes poetry? He just played Bob Dylan.
Source: Filmstalker

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1:32PM on 01/03/2008

Mom knows best

Maybe she picked Mr. Radcliffe because she saw something in him that truly reminds her of the son she lost. Just because Heath Ledger is supposedly a better actor doesn't mean he should get the part. The last time I've checked Ledger has made more crap movies than good ones.
Maybe she picked Mr. Radcliffe because she saw something in him that truly reminds her of the son she lost. Just because Heath Ledger is supposedly a better actor doesn't mean he should get the part. The last time I've checked Ledger has made more crap movies than good ones.
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5:48PM on 01/02/2008
Seeing as to how the movie is about the woman's SON who was fucking KILLED I'm pretty sure won't JUST be going for convincing acting. This is a mother we're talking about, she's going to look for something deeper and there's nothing irrational about that.
Seeing as to how the movie is about the woman's SON who was fucking KILLED I'm pretty sure won't JUST be going for convincing acting. This is a mother we're talking about, she's going to look for something deeper and there's nothing irrational about that.
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10:33AM on 01/02/2008

Ridiculous


It's ridiculous how everyone on this site bitches about the film industry never trying anything new, about how tired they are of remakes, or Ben Stiller playing the same 2 characters over and over, but then throws a hissy fit when an actor reaches outside of his well-known body of work to broaden his range.

I don't really care one way or another about Radcliffe, but he's what? 20 years old? Give the kid a chance before you write him off for a group of dudes you're more comfortable with.

It's ridiculous how everyone on this site bitches about the film industry never trying anything new, about how tired they are of remakes, or Ben Stiller playing the same 2 characters over and over, but then throws a hissy fit when an actor reaches outside of his well-known body of work to broaden his range.

I don't really care one way or another about Radcliffe, but he's what? 20 years old? Give the kid a chance before you write him off for a group of dudes you're more comfortable with.
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10:18AM on 01/02/2008

Best Extra Tidbit Yet

Ledger can play anything. And points to Dan for once again branching out. He's actually becoming an actor rather than a movie star.
Ledger can play anything. And points to Dan for once again branching out. He's actually becoming an actor rather than a movie star.
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