Bush casting for Oliver Stone film
There has been another announcement made on the casting of Oliver Stone's next film about George W. Bush.
We already heard that Josh Brolin was set to play George W. Bush himself, but now we're starting to hear of family members joining the cast, and it's starting to feel a little like Dallas.
The beautiful and rugged cast rises, first we had Josh Brolin as Bush, now we hear that Elizabeth Banks is set to play Laura Bush. You see Brolin is rugged and Banks is beautiful, just in case you get the two confused there!
The news from The Hollywood Reporter through Rope of Silicon is interesting to say the least. No offence to the Bush family, but these two stars are going to need some make up work to make them look like the actual characters.
That's why I have the Dallas comparison, a rich, powerful and beautiful family in control of great power and wealth? Sounds about right for either story really.
However, joking aside, W., the actual title of the Bush film, is becoming an interesting line up for the story, and it'll be a great role for Elizabeth Banks. Oliver Stone is known for casting against looks and going for acting and immersion in the character rather than straight up look-a-likes, Nixon is the perfect example.
Anthony Hopkins didn't exactly look like him, but through the performance you were immersed in the character, as was the actor. Bush looks set to go the same way.
Here's an earlier quote from Stone on the production:
"It's a behind-the-scenes approach, similar to 'Nixon,' to give a sense of what it's like to be in his skin...But if 'Nixon' was a symphony, this is more like a chamber piece, and not as dark in tone. People have turned my political ideas into a cliche, but that is superficial. I'm a dramatist who is interested in people, and I have empathy for Bush as a human being, much the same as I did for Castro, Nixon, Jim Morrison, Jim Garrison and Alexander the Great."
I think this is going to be a really strong film, and much as I have a sadness that Pinkville has been dumped for this film, I'm now thinking I'd rather see this first, and that it could be a much stronger and relevant message right now. However it's sure to upset many, can we expect studio initiated cuts when it comes close to a release?