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Radcliffe is Eldon

01.02.2008
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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