As I told you last week, Focus Features sent me to New York City recently to be a part of the press junket for their films Closed Circuit and The World’s End.
Last Saturday on my movie show I aired my face-to-face interviews with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost and reviewed The World’s End.
This Saturday on my show I’ll air my face-to-face roundtable chats with Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, & Closed Circuit director Stephen Crowley.
Eric Bana is defending a guy accused of setting off an explosion in London in this suspense thriller.
The classified evidence the government's using is beyond his security clearance, so the court appoints a Special Advocate to review that evidence.
She's played by Rebecca Hall . . . and once she sees the evidence, she's not allowed to communicate with the client or the rest of the defense team.
Which kinda sucks once Bana becomes convinced there's a conspiracy surrounding the case.
Julia Stiles and Jim Broadbent are also in this thriller.
It was not a horrible nightmare…..BEN AFFLECK IS STILL BATMAN.
Ben had to let this news sink in just like all of you.
And now we have the Top Questions Ben Affleck Asked Himself Before Agreeing to Play Batman.
What's the fastest way to completely destroy the goodwill I've built up over the past six years?
If I pull off this role successfully, will things get awkward between me and Clooney?
Does the Batsuit tear off easily when Matt Damon's visiting?
Will I be more menacing in black body armor than I was in red spandex?
How hard will it be to bring the same gravitas to the role of Batman that I did to the role of Larry Gigli?
Once I cash the check, does it even matter how good I am?
Since nobody's talking about anything but BEN AFFLECK and Batman, it's perfectly appropriate to examine some Casting Choices Fans Hated . . . Then Loved.
That's the title of a list that the website Shortlist.com put out over the weekend.
Ironically, THREE of them are Batman-related.
Here they are:
HEATH LEDGER as the Joker in "The Dark Knight". It's hard to fathom this one in retrospect, since Heath was so universally worshipped for his take on the role. But when it was announced, NOBODY thought it was a good idea.
ANNE HATHAWAY as Selina Kyle (slash) Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises".
MICHAEL KEATON as Batman in "Batman".
DANIEL CRAIG as the new James Bond.
ROBERT PATTINSON as Edward in "Twilight".
JENNIFER LAWRENCE as Katniss in "The Hunger Games". In the books, Katniss Everdeen is dark haired, olive-skinned and certainly not as "healthy" . . . as Jennifer.
TOBEY MAGUIRE in "Spider-Man".
Do you agree that these were all GOOD choices? Did you feel that way when the casting announcements were made?
Are there any other casting choices you changed your mind about, for better or worse, after you actually saw the performance?
Stay calm and discuss.
OH and someone made a fake trailer for the Batman / Superman team-up movie . . . featuring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston . . .
...who's RUMORED to be playing Lex Luthor.