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Old 08-21-08, 10:28 AM
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Russell Crowe wants to Make a movie on Bill Hicks

Have to admit he does look like him. I usually don't like bio pictures but Hicks had such a interesting life this could work.

http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=23102
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Well, he's got the anger down. I'd be up for it!
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I'm a big Bill Hicks fan. I would love to see a movie about him! Russell Crowe would be a great choice. I hope this film really happens.
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this could be very entertaining, hope this actually gets made and not just placed on the backburner.
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Interesting....it would be great if a film like this could bring Hicks' work to a larger audience.
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I think John Cusack looks more the part.
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I hope they include the meeting between Bill Hicks and the Rev. Jesse Custer.

That would be completely fucking awesome.
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Too bad Sam Raimi isn't an actor and 20 years younger. He looks exactly like the guy.


I think Crowe bears a passing resemblance and he's certainly got the acting chops. The problem is Hicks died at age 32. Crowe is more than 10 years older than that. It would be like when Kevin Spacey played Bobby Darin.
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Too bad Sam Raimi isn't an actor and 20 years younger. He looks exactly like the guy.


I think Crowe bears a passing resemblance and he's certainly got the acting chops. The problem is Hicks died at age 32. Crowe is more than 10 years older than that. It would be like when Kevin Spacey played Bobby Darin.
Old 08-22-08, 01:36 AM
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Bill Hicks...is he part of the Southern Comedy group? Git 'er done? Jeff Foxworthy?

I really don't know, and I'm too lazy to find out...

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Originally Posted by Tarantino View Post
Bill Hicks...is he part of the Southern Comedy group? Git 'er done? Jeff Foxworthy?
No, he was pretty much the complete antithesis of that brand of humor.
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Originally Posted by Tarantino View Post
Bill Hicks...is he part of the Southern Comedy group? Git 'er done? Jeff Foxworthy?

I really don't know, and I'm too lazy to find out...

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Hicks hailed from Texas, but he was in no way part of the Git 'R Done comedy style.

And Crowe is too old to play him.
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This was the guy that Denis Leary stole his act from correct?
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This was the guy that Denis Leary stole his act from correct?
That's the general consensus, yes. But Leary added minor things like timing and comic rhythm so that he came off as funny, as opposed to Hicks, who, based on material I've seen/heard, alternated between bitterness and smug self-satisfaction, with little humor to help offset the ranting.

Interesting news though; I think Crowe could pass well for Hicks, at least physically. I don't know why people are worried about the age difference; it's not like Hicks looked like a fountain of youth when he was alive.
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I was getting him mixed up with that douche Bill Engvall.

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Here's all the proof you need that Leary stole from Hicks:


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Casting by resemblance is "fanboy" casting. The only time it matters that the actor actually look like the subject is when they are a cameo in a movie and you are supposed to "get" who they are instantly. If they are the main character then I'd much rather have a better actor who evokes the presence of the character rather than a lesser actor who looks like the subject spot on. Give me Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn or Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi any day. If they do resemble the subject then that's a bonus, but it's not a requirement. This goes especially for a subject that was relatively obscure.
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Crowe is a great actor and all but. Don't you want someone in this role capable of being funny?! I cant think of one instance of Crowe ever being funny in anything, ever.
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Originally Posted by Thrush View Post
Crowe is a great actor and all but. Don't you want someone in this role capable of being funny?! I cant think of one instance of Crowe ever being funny in anything, ever.
Just because he hasn't been in a comedic role (although his role in The Sum of Us had elements) does in no way mean he is not capable. He is an incredibly gifted actor and I'm sure would only do justice to the material. Of course, they could always just cast Dennis Leary...
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Originally Posted by Thrush View Post
Crowe is a great actor and all but. Don't you want someone in this role capable of being funny?! I cant think of one instance of Crowe ever being funny in anything, ever.
He was pretty funny in Romper Stomper. Bill Hicks was always more angry than funny anyway, which is what always made him so entertaining.
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Originally Posted by BigDaddy View Post
This was the guy that Denis Leary stole his act from correct?
yep. i was just going to say "why don't they have Leary star in it?"
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Originally Posted by caligulathegod View Post
Casting by resemblance is "fanboy" casting. The only time it matters that the actor actually look like the subject is when they are a cameo in a movie and you are supposed to "get" who they are instantly. If they are the main character then I'd much rather have a better actor who evokes the presence of the character rather than a lesser actor who looks like the subject spot on. Give me Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn or Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi any day. If they do resemble the subject then that's a bonus, but it's not a requirement. This goes especially for a subject that was relatively obscure.
But there is no better actor than Russell Crowe.
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Originally Posted by Fincher Fan View Post
Just because he hasn't been in a comedic role (although his role in The Sum of Us had elements) does in no way mean he is not capable. He is an incredibly gifted actor and I'm sure would only do justice to the material. Of course, they could always just cast Dennis Leary...
Not questioning his acting chops. He has those in spades. But comedy is a whole different kettle of fish.
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Re: Russell Crowe wants to Make a movie on Bill Hicks

Bump: Looks like Crowe will only direct. Wonder who they'll get to play Hicks?

Russell Crowe is set to direct a biopic based on the life of brilliant stand-up comedian Bill Hicks. According to The Telegraph, Crowe is teaming up with his longtime friend Mark Staufer, who wrote the script. For those unfamiliar with Hicks, I highly recommend checking out some his stand-up. It’s not only funny, but disturbingly prescient and relevant. “Bill Hicks’ life is tragically short, but spectacularly interesting,” Staufer said. “The screenplay has gone through a number of drafts and we’ll go into production early next year.”

http://collider.com/russell-crowe-to...biopic/182765/

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