Brad Pitt to play Jesse James

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  1. Hunter Rider

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    Brad Pitt is going to play gunslinger Jesse James in a period Western that will be directed by Chopper helmer Andrew Dominik and produced by Pitt's Plan B Films. The project is based on the Robert Hansen novel "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."

    In the book, Hansen re-creates the real West with his imaginative telling of the life of the most famous outlaw of them all, Jesse James, and of his death at the hands of the upstart Robert Ford.

    James, a charismatic, superstitious, and moody man, holds sway over a ragged gang who fear his temper and quick shooting. Robert Ford, a young gang member torn between worshipping Jesse and taking his place, guns him down in cold blood and lives out his days tormented by the killing.

    The book was optioned last year as a co-production between Scott Free partners Ridley and Tony Scott, and Plan B, the Warner Bros.-based company that was run by Pitt, Brad Grey and Jennifer Aniston.

    The studio hasn't yet chosen an actor for the Ford role.


     
  2. Sava

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    looks good, wasn't this already a movie, with John Wayne?
     
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    No, but there was a good 1938 film about this called Jesse James and that though very romantcized and very inaccurate was a good piece of Hollywood filmmaking (like Tombstone, or Brad PItt's last big movie, the very entertaining Hollywood movie Troy).

    They also made a dark gritty one with the likes of Dennis Hopper and Dennis Quaid in the early 80s. I've never seen it but I heard it was good and some say it was bad, it was called The Long Riders I believe.

    And last (and certainly least) is the 2001 film called "American Outlaws." It was again a romanticized version of James based heavily on the 1938 film without any charm though, and they take out his death scene at the end and his attempted redemption and replace it with a cheesy stupid shootout on a train assault. Youu may remember this as the one where Collin Farrell played Jesse James (before Ferrell was famous). He was the best part of that movie, because the rest stunk and was a poor man's Young Guns (which was laready crappy).

    I'd prefer a realistic biopic on the man who eluded the law (and Pinkerton of the Pinkerton Agency himself!) for 16 years after the Civil War. I think it could be entertaining and if they made it Hollywood Wyatt Earp (as in not so Hollywood as Tombstone or so history as Wyatt Earp but somewhere in between) we could have a great western on our hands.

    But Pitt will have to be up to snuff when he plays James unlike when he played Achilles. And also I hope they do a lot more with Frank James and the Younger Brothers because they were much closer and important to Jesse James than Robert Ford who came in near the end...duh. Still could be interesting.
     
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    I just realized that Brad Pitt dies in a good deal of his movies, kind of an odd thing for an actor like him.
     
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    Whoopi!! I hope it's a big nasty flop.
     
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    ^ Why? Do you hate Pitt or westerns, because both have good movies in them.

    Anyways here is the last western about Jesse James (albiet a crappy one) the 2001 Collin Ferrell flick about Jesse James, American Outlaws.

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    Just burnt out on Pitt and Cruise. I'm tired of their faces, AND they are hugely over-rated.
    Sorry if I'm coming off as a dick. I just think we need to see new faces in these roles.
    These guys keep making big movies with big marketing and their movies keep flopping. Production companies force feed their faces on us relentlessly, it has become tiresome.

    We need new actors, new faces. That's all.
     
  8. Dark Donnie

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    Tom Cruise is such a great actor, and it's a crime that he wasn't nominated for Collateral. He is a box office draw! As for Pitt, he is cool as hell in all his roles. Im a fan of alot of his stuff.

    Give CRUISE an Oscar!!!
     
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    Sorry, I just edited my last post, because I was interupted and was unable to finish it.

    Let's see Collateral did not do well in the box office, it got good reviews, but it flopped in theaters, Last Samurai flopped, Minority Report flopped (not even Speilberg could save it)
    Vanilla Sky flopped, Eyes Wide Shut flopped. Yes he has made "some" good films and he isn't a bad actor, but his looks are more famous than his roles. Same goes for Pitt, Troy flopped and he sucked bad in it, Spygame flopped, The Mexican (with Julia Roberts) flopped, Meet Joe Black flopped, theres more, but these actors while not so bad are still hugely over-rated. It's women that make these guys the huge stars they are, why? plain and simple "Their Looks" and in my book, looks don't add up to talent.
     
  10. Hunter Rider

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    wrong non of those movies flopped i'll get the figures hold on
     
  11. Dark Donnie

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    The Last Samurai and Minority Report were great, and am pretty sure they didn't flop.
    Collateral was awesome as well and wasn't a blockbuster like the others, it had to do respectable. And Vanilla Sky is one of my favorite films, and while many don' like it I find it great. These films made there money back at least and probably alot more.
     
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    Nice research Hunter! :up: I didn't know Vanilla Sky made that much, was the budget big?
     
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    This movie sounds like it could be a bit like "Amadeus"....
     
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    me too:D ;)
     
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    Bull. It sounds like bull to me. Besides, I don't care whether they are hits or flops, the fact is, these "actors" are force fed to us constantly. They are not that "talented" yet Hollywood markets them like they are the greatest, when in fact they want that "female" draw. It the looks fellas...the looks. I hope Jesse James flops. That way, maybe finally we'll be rid of these faces. Leonardo DiCaprio is another actor that IS talented, but was terribly miscast as Howard Hughes. He looked like a precocious 13 year old. Not convincing in the least bit.
     
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    How is Tom Cruise force fed, he does one movie a year, whereas other actors do like five.
     
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    Look I don't hate Cruise or Pitt, it's not really their fault that Producer's put their faces on anything and everything. They are overly marketed because of their star power and their looks. It gets annoying constantly seeing these faces over and over again. Crap man, actors like DeNiro, Pacino and many more don't get their faces plastered all over us, why? Because they are not as good looking. That's why. Hollywood is terribly unbalanced and terribly superficial.
     
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    Tom Cruise is overrated, but still a good actor.

    Brad Pitt is a good actor who is underrated (people act like he is Orlando Bloom or something but this man can act). He did A River Runs Through It, Spy Game, Seven, Fight Club, 12 Monkeys, The Mexican, and while not hard was greatly entertaining in Ocean's 11 (Ocean's 12, was bad so it is unimporant).

    And Troy was a good movie (but he was indeed weak in it unforunately which that, a rushed ending, and an average score keep it from greatness) and it made $497 million worldwide. That is not a flop.

    See Collateral, Magnolia, A Few Good Men, Mission: Impossible, Eyes Wide Shut (a bad movie, but he was good in it), Jerry McGuire, Minority Report, and the Last Samurai (ignore the crappy ending) to name a few of his performances to prove he is a good actor.
     
  22. Hunter Rider

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    whatever helps you sleep:rolleyes:
     
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    And no they are not DeNiros or Pacinos (who has been making many more bad movies in the last decade).

    Oh and Leo DiCaprio rocked as Howard Hughes by the way.
     
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    LOL! I'm tryin'!! :)
     
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    You didn't like him in Vanilla Sky?
     

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