Pacino and DeNiro as Sinatra and Martin?
Sometimes casting gets blinded not by who is right for the role, but by the size of the star names, and here's such a case. Apparently Martin Scorsese has been speaking out about his Frank Sinatra film and revealed two names he would like to play Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. I was shocked to say the least, and it's clearly a case of either friends or huge star names over influencing casting choices, or two names just off the top of Scorsese's head when he was cornered about the casting. At least I hope so.
You know I won't even approach the singing and performing question, instead I'll look to the fact that these two roles require strong character actors, and when was the last time that either of these two huge name actors did much else than play themselves?
Come on now, be honest with yourselves, their performances have been far from the top of their game for a very long time, and when you see them on screen you see them.
For me there's no way they could perform in the role of two other hugely iconic and recognisable characters such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. For one they'd have to act like these people and adopt their mannerisms.
I personally think, and hope, that Martin Scorsese's comment from The Hindu through The Playlist is just an off-hand remark and that he's really not seriously considering these two actors in the role, and yet there are his words:
"I've had it in mind for a long time. Even the initial script is ready. I'm yet to spot the actor who can bring back Frank Sinatra alive on screen. My choice is Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro as Dean Martin."
I can't even begin to see where the joke or off-handedness could be in that comment, can you? I just can't see either matching the charisma and style of the performers, and neither coming across to the audience as anything but the big name stars they are now. It's even hard to think of a role where they've pulled off such impressive character acting in recent years.