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10.06.2008

After being launched from relative obscurity to play The Man of Steel, I thought Brandon Routh had a chance at becoming a bonafied leading man. Well that chance has since come and gone, with Routh well on his way to being diagnosed with Hayden Christensen syndrome.

In what may be a small reversal of fortune, Routh has just been cast, along with Gil Bellows, Martin Donovan and Carrie-Anne Moss, in the upcoming thriller UNTHINKABLE. The cast doesn't exactly scream blockbuster, but it does star Samuel L. Jackson, and he definitely has a fan or two. I never really thought Superman would play second fiddle to Jules Winnfield, but I guess crazier things have happened.

The film will be directed by Gregor Jordan and will follow Routh and Bellows as members of an FBI anti-terrorism team run by Moss' character. With the help of a black-ops agent (Jackson), they're assigned by an FBI director (Donovan) to interrogate an American Muslim man (Sheen) claiming to have nuclear bombs planted in three U.S. cities. Now to quote a line from SUPERMAN RETURNS in an attempt to bless Mr. Routh on his difficult climb to the top: May the force be with you.
Extra Tidbit: He looks pretty creepy in that picture, don't he?
Source: THR

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10:07PM on 10/08/2008

Huh?

A) Movie sounds decent, and I thought Routh was the only good thing to come out of the utter mess that was "Superman Returns", so it is nice to him get more parts, B) what is the "Hayden Christian syndrome"? He's a big star, so it's not in terms of obscruity, which it was referencing, can someone please explain?
A) Movie sounds decent, and I thought Routh was the only good thing to come out of the utter mess that was "Superman Returns", so it is nice to him get more parts, B) what is the "Hayden Christian syndrome"? He's a big star, so it's not in terms of obscruity, which it was referencing, can someone please explain?
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7:28AM on 10/08/2008
Needs more airbrush...
Needs more airbrush...
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2:14PM on 10/07/2008
wow, you're sure this isn't the premise for season 6 of '24'?
wow, you're sure this isn't the premise for season 6 of '24'?
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1:37PM on 10/06/2008

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Just checked imdb, it's Michael Sheen, the guy who played Blair in "The Deal" and "The Queen"
Just checked imdb, it's Michael Sheen, the guy who played Blair in "The Deal" and "The Queen"
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11:14AM on 10/06/2008

He's like

a gay version of Vince from entourage. Only, he didn't even get to play pablo escobar before he went to movie jail.
a gay version of Vince from entourage. Only, he didn't even get to play pablo escobar before he went to movie jail.
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10:55AM on 10/06/2008
this sounds good to me. since iv'e only seen routh in superman returns it's hard to say weather he's a good actor or not but the plot is interesting. The cast seems to be a good fit as well.

to be fair though, he does act a bit like hayden christensen but i think he can do a lot better given the chance. I'm looking forward to this.
this sounds good to me. since iv'e only seen routh in superman returns it's hard to say weather he's a good actor or not but the plot is interesting. The cast seems to be a good fit as well.

to be fair though, he does act a bit like hayden christensen but i think he can do a lot better given the chance. I'm looking forward to this.
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9:49AM on 10/06/2008
I thought Super-Man Returns Super Sucked Ass. His cameo in Zack and Miri was pretty funny though.
I thought Super-Man Returns Super Sucked Ass. His cameo in Zack and Miri was pretty funny though.
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7:53AM on 10/06/2008

I don't think...

I don't think hayden christiansen has any type of syndrom...he's far from as obscure as routh is and is consistently working on upper tier projects. weird comparison.
I don't think hayden christiansen has any type of syndrom...he's far from as obscure as routh is and is consistently working on upper tier projects. weird comparison.
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7:28AM on 10/06/2008
Brandon Routh an FBI agent? This I gotta see (for laughs). And which Sheen is the American muslim coz I can't picture Charlie (or Martin) in the role?
Brandon Routh an FBI agent? This I gotta see (for laughs). And which Sheen is the American muslim coz I can't picture Charlie (or Martin) in the role?
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5:40AM on 10/06/2008
He should absolutely keep being Superman, "reboot" or not. He looks and sounds exactly like Christopher Reeve - you won't get that with other actors, I don't give a rat's ass who they are or how well they can act.

BIG loss on the studios' parts.
He should absolutely keep being Superman, "reboot" or not. He looks and sounds exactly like Christopher Reeve - you won't get that with other actors, I don't give a rat's ass who they are or how well they can act.

BIG loss on the studios' parts.
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4:52AM on 10/06/2008
he kinda looks like a gay version of Sylar from "Heroes"
he kinda looks like a gay version of Sylar from "Heroes"
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