Tom Cruise as Hugh Hefner?
Granted that this is wild rumour and comes from those usual more miss than hit sources, but there's word out that Tom Cruise is considering playing Hugh Hefner in the biographical film that's coming to the big screen.
Despite thinking that this could be a superb role for Tom Cruise and that he could play it really well, I can't help but think this is hopeful speculation and there's one thing that makes me think that, Brett Ratner.
Brett Ratner is lined up to direct the film version of Hugh Hefner's life, and I have to say right now that I can't see Tom Cruise standing in front of a camera at the direction of Brett Ratner. With him at the helm I could see this losing all the edginess and powerful social commentary that a story of Hugh Hefner could really bring.
Can you see Cruise working with Ratner? I can't, and I think that's a shame for the film because the very idea of Cruise playing Hefner has me excited. Whatever you really believe the man can really act, and when he gets something that challenges him gone is the Tom Cruise we all know and in comes a powerful delivery of emotion.
So the rumour from Digital Spy that has a source saying:
"Tom knows of Hugh's colourful past and thinks he would be the perfect person to bring it to the big screen. He also thinks the role would be a challenge for him, and would remind people of his versatility as an actor. At the moment people are concentrating on his personal life, and his marriage to Katie - but he wants to remind them that he can act too."
Is overly hopeful, if correct. I really can't see Cruise standing up for a Ratner directed film, especially if that other rumour of Lindsay Lohan being in it is as true as this one. Actually I think it is probably as true as this one, if you get my drift.