Sunday, March 20, 2005

The Way of the Future...

The unlit path stretching ahead, the long and winding road; survival and prosperity often depends upon knowing its twists and turns, the successful prediction of what's coming around the bend. An aviation corporation decides to purchase forty-eight new jet aircraft to accommodate an expected rise in international flights. As a result, an eager stock holder decides to invest the rest of his life savings after hearing of the deal, predicting considerable returns. Scenarios of the future are played out in the mind and almost within an instant, actions leading to those most favourable are planned out, subconsciously much of the time, without a second thought. At the same time, actions leading to unfavourable scenarios are duly suppressed.

Howard Hughes the billionaire industrialist, film-maker and aeronautical engineer, portrayed in the Martin Scorsese picture The Aviator was, amongst other things, known for his erratic behaviour and excessive-compulsiveness attributed to various phobias, namely uncleanliness and germs. The film ascribes his intense fear of these invisible disease carriers, his hypochondria, to experiences from his childhood and things said by his mother while washing him with that black soap in a tin. He is unable to finish a meal touched by Jude Law's character Errol Flynn; he refuses to close a certain large business deal until a small spot of white is removed from the jacket of one of the businessmen - Data sure is getting on in years. All these are acts born out of that unconscious feeling that he is "not safe". I'd hate to see how I would be if I listened to everything my mother told me when I was a kid.

Last night the short-term future scenario of going to the movies had won the favour of my intentions and so I went through the series of actions that would actuate this objective. In short, I wanted to go see The Aviator, so I did. Personally I really enjoyed it - more interesting than Million Dollar Baby - though that's not to say it was without its faults, with some characters lacking depth and lacking serious emotional impact, I can see why it missed out on the Oscar. Although probably Leonardo DiCaprio's best performance to date and he obviously put in a lot of effort, I still wonder if someone else couldn't have perhaps played the part a little better.

Afterwards, walking back to the car, I was discussing the possibility of movies being shot with a few different actors for the lead roles, a few takes with one, then swapping them around. Audiences might then be persuaded to purchase a ticket for each version, to see how their favourite stars tackle the same role and put their own unique spin on it. It could even be up to the cinemagoers which one should become the official version. The way of the future? I'm not sure it would work.

Hollywood Types


Blogger Jenni said...

FANTASTIC movie. Out of curiosity ... what other actor would you have liked to see in that role?

3/21/2005 05:09:00 am  
Blogger Joshua said...

I didn't really have anyone particular in mind, just not really that much of a DiCaprio fan I guess. His acting always seems a little forced to me and absent of a certain quality I can’t quite place.

I read somewhere they were interested in Jim Carey for the part originally; would be interesting to see, yet I don’t think his specific style would have suited the part. Perhaps Jude Law if he could pull off the accent.

In the end I suppose they made the right decision with Leo and he gave it all he had, still I reckon it would make for an interesting dvd feature, being able to swap between actors at the push of a button.

3/21/2005 12:17:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

somehow i dont think jude law would make a good lead for that movie (from what ive seen of it)... even though i really really like jude law, i think that cause he's in everything lately & was doing other movies when the aviator was being filmed so it may have affected his acting, plus people will be getting sick of seeing his name everywhere.

hes in the movie anyways, as errol flynn, which is a good role for jude since errol flynn was one of the best looking guys in his time ... like jude law is now

i havent seen the aviator? is it an american accent cause in huckabees his "american" accent was really really bad

3/21/2005 11:35:00 pm  
Blogger Jenni said...

Sad thing is, I can't remember what kind of accent it was ... I was just kind of staring and drooling during the Jude Law scene ... Which is sad since I have such an accent fetish. I should have been paying attention.

3/22/2005 02:39:00 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

I haven't seen Aviator yet or Million Dollar Baby either--although I might, since they're playing at the dollar theater. I have so much work to do, it's hard to rationalize a trip to the theater. (Although I can easily rationalize spending lots of time reading your blog!) I just wanted to say here, riffing on your many-actors idea, that I'd love to see three different teams of directors and actors tackle the same screenplay and see how the films all turned out. Of course films are remade all the time, but not in the same time period. It would be interesting to see how the same film made by three different contemporary teams would turn out.


5/12/2005 07:01:00 pm  

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