Eastwood is America’s Preferred Co-star

Well, isn’t this a fun fantasy for regular moviegoers and cinephiles alike. I learned through Movies Boxwish, that 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair recently asked over 1,000 American adults this fanciful fantasy question: If Tinseltown were to offer you a film deal where not only do you get to star in it, but you also, get this, choose your co-star AND the genre. Wow, that’s almost better than fairy godmother’s offer to Cinderella! I mean, who needs a darn prince these days anyway. The top choice is none other than Clint Eastwood in one of his popular western, scoring 20% of the vote, beating George Clooney and Cameron Diaz in a rom-com in second place with 18%. The rest of the result goes like this: action flix with Will Smith (15%), a comedy with Will Ferrell (14%), and a drama with Oscar winner Meryl Streep (13%). Not much love for Julia Roberts in a thriller (8%), nor a martial-arts epic with Jackie Chan (4%).

Hmmm, I don’t think my pick of the killer combo is represented in any of this, but if those were the only selections, I’d probably go with Mr. Eastwood myself, though not necessarily in a western. An action thriller of the Dirty Harry variety is more my thing. Not sure I’d want to be in a movie though, sheesh I’d rather stay behind the scenes if I can help it. It’d be a dream come true however, if my favorite actors were to star in my movie where I get to write the script AND be the casting director, ha! I posted my wish list of movie couples, but my top pick would probably involve Gerry Butler in anything but a rom-com or video game-based flick, preferably sharing the screen with the likes of Eva Green, Emily Blunt, Naomi Watts, Cate Blanchett or Maggie Gyllenhaal.

I’d love to see Butler snatch one (or two) of these ladies for his hopefully-soon-to-be-in-the-front-burner Rabbie Burns biopic now that he’s been appointed Glasgow’s first film ambassador. It’d be nice to see him with a fellow Scot James McAvoy, too. If anything Butler could learn a thing or two as far as role choices go, as the younger actor definitely has picked some wise film choices (The Last King of Scotland, Atonement) and most recently the Tolstoy drama The Last Station with Helen Mirren.

And if I could just have one wish for ze Butler that I’m sure fellow fans would agree, is that I long to see him repeat his wonderful dramatic turn as a desperate alcoholic looking for love in The Jury a decade ago (take a peek at this clip). Whenever people doubt this guy can act, I just look back to that miniseries and naysayers can just take a hike. Oh, and as long as it’s my movie, I’d let the bloke use his own charming Scottish brogue, darn it, we all know accent-work is not his forte!

Anyhoo, just for the fun of it, here’s my other co-star picks and the corresponding genres:

  • Michael Fassbender in a romantic drama (i.e. The Painted Veil)
  • Henry Cavill in a espionage thriller (i.e. The International)
  • Christian Bale in a British comedy (i.e. Hot Fuzz)
  • Viggo Mortensen in a period drama (preferably sans violent gun-fighting or desolate setting)
  • Sharlto Copley in a quirky romance (i.e. (500) Days of Summer)
  • Daniel Henney in a fantasy adventure (i.e. Stardust)
  • Rufus Sewell in a contemporary thriller (i.e. Michael Mann’s Heat) as the protagonist, not the villain
  • Alan Rickman in a sci-fi thriller/adventure (i.e. Danny Boyle’s Sunshine)
  • Mark Strong in a poignant romantic comedy (i.e. About a Boy)
  • Timothy Dalton in a comedy drama (i.e. Stranger than Fiction)

Well, what are your picks, folks? Come on, I’m sure you can think of something 😉

Invictus poster and trailer

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The Clint Eastwood-directed flick tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.

Morgan Freeman looks just like Mandela it’s uncanny, either the make-up people are amazingly good or they actually used a real photo of the former president himself. Although in the trailer Freeman doesn’t resemble him much, but he’s probably the best choice for the role. Damon once again proves he’s more than a Bond-like action hero. Kudos for attempting to pull off a South African accent, though I can’t understand a darn thing he’s saying.

In the trailer, Mandela keeps chanting the words, ‘I am the captain of my soul.’ Thanks to Yahoo Answers, here’s a brief history where that came from: Invictus was a short poem written by a british poet by the name of William Ernest Henley and was first published in 1875. The word invictus is latin meaning “unconquered” but the poem in itself no one is quite sure the meaning behind it. You can read the poem and its analysis here.

I’m always drawn to an uplifting underdog story, and the fact that it’s based on a true story makes it even more compelling. I’m not too crazy about the trailer personally, I agree with FilmJunk‘s assessment that “Eastwood’s films always seem to walk a thin line between real drama and cheesy sentimentality, and this one looks like it could go either way.” Still, it doesn’t stop some people from declaring this Oscar-worthy. It’s fair I suppose, considering the last sports-themed movie Eastwood did, Million Dollar Baby, collected honors for best picture, best director and best supporting actor nod for Freeman. Let’s see if this will indeed rise above a typical feel-good sports movie.

So, what do you think, folks? Are you excited to see this one?