Wednesday, March 23, 2005

You Can Call Me Zimmy, Or You Can Call Me Beyonce

Here's a sentence to make your mind reel: Beyonce Knowles may be playing Bob Dylan in the upcoming Todd Haynes-directed Dylan biopic. Chew on that before we continue...Good. Now, hold onto your socks: Because THE ROLE COULD ALSO BE BROUGHT TO LIFE BY VENUS WILLIAMS OR OPRAH WINFREY. OK, now I need to lie down for a little while...

...I'm back, though a bit worse for wear. Most amazing of all, this startling news comes not from the usual dubious tabloid press, but a real, honest-to-god newspaper. An English newspaper, even! From The Times Online:
The enigmatic singer Bob Dylan has finally given permission to a Hollywood studio to make a film about his life. He will be portrayed by seven actors — one of them a black woman.

Todd Haynes, the Oscar-nominated director, confirmed last week that he is searching for a woman who can do justice to the short white Jewish singer’s “inner blackness”.

The seven will play Dylan during different eras in his 43-year career, starting in the 1960s when his song The Times They Are A-Changin’ became an anti-war anthem.

It is traditional in films spanning a lifetime for characters to be played by more than one actor, but rarer for them to change sex or race. Haynes is considering atresses ranging from the pop singer Beyoncé Knowles to the tennis champion Venus Williams and the television presenter Oprah Winfrey.

Haynes has built his reputation on being different: his first film, about the life of the anorexic singer Karen Carpenter, had a cast of Barbie dolls.

Wow. This is so high-concept that you might have to be an autistic child to comprehend it. But I do love Todd Haynes and his movies, especially the ones with homoerotic love scenes, so I have faith that it may all turn out just peachy. However, I must say that my vote is not for Beyonce or Venus. I believe that if anyone can express Bob's "inner blackness," it is Oprah, man. OPRAH!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Todd Haynes is a total genius. I heard him talk about this movie when I saw him speak at UT a year or two ago. He seemed surprised that Bob gave him permission, since David Bowie gave him no such permission for "Velvet Goldmine."

What about Grace Jones for the role? Ruby Dee?

Terri R.