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Will Robert Downey Jr. play Pinocchio AND Geppetto for Ben Stiller?

Jul. 16, 2013by:

Robert Downey Jr./Pinocchio

Robert Downey Jr. has been interested in doing a new movie based on the classic story Pinocchio for a while now. At one point Tim Burton was attached to the film, but now Ben Stiller might direct the new take on the character. When Burton was still a possibility to direct the film, RDJ was going to play Geppetto. It made sense, even if the actor is a little younger looking than most versions we've seen of the character.

However, Ben Stiller hasn't been confirmed as the director and the project is still being developed. That includes new drafts for the script and ideas from Stiller and Downey. According to Bleeding Cool, one of those ideas is for Robert Downey Jr. to play Geppetto and Pinocchio in the new film.

I suppose if the film will have CGI with live-action RDJ could voice Pinocchio while playing Geppetto, but I have mixed feelings about this. If it was almost anyone else but Robert Downey Jr. I'd probably be even less optimistic, but I could see him pulling off playing both characters.

I am very glad Tim Burton is no longer attached to it though. I think most of us have a pretty good idea of how "Tim Burton's Pinocchio" would look, and I'm much more interested in seeing what Ben Stiller will do visually with the story, especially where he hasn't directed a film with fantasy/fairy tale elements in it.

I don't know if we need another retelling of Pinocchio, but if it's going to happen this is probably the best option. And although I'm not sold on Robert Downey Jr. playing both parts, it would be interesting as hell to see RDJ playing off of..uh..himself.

Extra Tidbit: I am legally required to remind everyone to avoid Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio for (mental) health and safety reasons, whenever the character is mentioned in any article.
Source: Bleeding Cool

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10:33AM on 07/16/2013
I love the idea of Downey Jr playing both roles. If anyone is capable of doing this successfully, he can. Seeing him act or play off against himself would be really interesting to watch and would be an interesting take. Especially in a Pinocchio film.
I love the idea of Downey Jr playing both roles. If anyone is capable of doing this successfully, he can. Seeing him act or play off against himself would be really interesting to watch and would be an interesting take. Especially in a Pinocchio film.
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11:34AM on 07/16/2013
On what planet is he the only actor who could pull it off? Will ferrel would be better suited to a roll like this
On what planet is he the only actor who could pull it off? Will ferrel would be better suited to a roll like this
12:00PM on 07/16/2013
I'm not saying he's the only actor who could pull off a duality role. It's been done before by Nic Cage, Armie Hammer, etc. but for content like this or of this subject he would be one of the few actors our there who could pull it off with ease.
I'm not saying he's the only actor who could pull off a duality role. It's been done before by Nic Cage, Armie Hammer, etc. but for content like this or of this subject he would be one of the few actors our there who could pull it off with ease.
2:35PM on 07/16/2013
I guess teenagers with poor taste will look forward to see the incredible rdj in action.
I guess teenagers with poor taste will look forward to see the incredible rdj in action.
1:27PM on 07/16/2013
Big budget retellings of classic stories seem to be a genre that's too big to fail. I like the idea of Stiller directing, let's not forget he directed Downey Jr in one of his best performances in Tropic Thunder. I'm not a fan of the idea of having him play both rolls tho... especially if they both share his likeness. It'll be like 'oh there's CGI puppet Downey Jr talking to old man makeup Downey Jr... it's this great?" Whatever they decide this shit will make bank.
Big budget retellings of classic stories seem to be a genre that's too big to fail. I like the idea of Stiller directing, let's not forget he directed Downey Jr in one of his best performances in Tropic Thunder. I'm not a fan of the idea of having him play both rolls tho... especially if they both share his likeness. It'll be like 'oh there's CGI puppet Downey Jr talking to old man makeup Downey Jr... it's this great?" Whatever they decide this shit will make bank.
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12:00PM on 07/16/2013
Pinocchio: Werewolf Hunter.
Pinocchio: Werewolf Hunter.
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10:04AM on 07/17/2013
Robert Downey Jr. is clearly too short to play Pinocchio.
Robert Downey Jr. is clearly too short to play Pinocchio.
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10:56AM on 07/16/2013
Don't really see a need for another telling of this story. Glad Burton is off it but not sure about Stiller. Love RDJ for Geppetto but for both roles? He's great but how can he sound like a little boy?
Don't really see a need for another telling of this story. Glad Burton is off it but not sure about Stiller. Love RDJ for Geppetto but for both roles? He's great but how can he sound like a little boy?
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11:32AM on 07/16/2013

noooooooooooooo

This has big stinking flopp wrote all over it!!
This has big stinking flopp wrote all over it!!
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