Tuesday, July 25, 2006

La Cage Au Follies?

It's kind of a slow non-news day, I'm afraid, but here's a lil' somethin' somethin' to tide you over until something nice-n-juicy comes along. From TMZ (whose "Brokeback Piano" headline for this item has GOT to be the worst "Brokeback Mountain"-as-shorthand-for-gay "play on words" ever, really, people, this just has to stop! "Brokeback Piano" doesn't even make any sense! But I digress.):
Nicolas Cage is not leaving Las Vegas; indeed, he's coming back to it, starring in a new biopic about the life of that gold lame luminary, Liberace. What's more, Cage is producing the project as well, via his Saturn Films production company, based on a script by Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg.

Friedberg and Seltzer are best known for the campy pop culture-derived hits "Scary Movie" and more recently, "Date Movie," but their look at Liberace's life is understood to be far more serious. And while the duo might seem to be the last choice for a serious biography, the deal kind of makes sense to us: Who, after all, was better at distilling highbrow classics into pop culture than Liberace himself?

Hmmmm...I don't know if Nicolas Cage would be my first choice to play Liberace; maybe not even my second, third, or four-hundredth.

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For some reason, I keep thinking poor ole Ben Affleck might be a good choice; maybe it's the pompadour or the association with diamonds and Bentleys from the late, lamented J-Lo Golden Era?

Then again, I'm always pushing for Alec Baldwin and his brilliant Charles Nelson Reilly impersonation, which would serve him well in this role, I think...

Any thoughts on who would make a better Liberace? Clay Aiken, perhaps? Jonathan Rhys-Meyers? I want to hear from Felt Up readers--both of you!


Anonymous said...

Hugh Jackman? Or am I just sterotyping him b/c of the Peter Allen role? He can sing!

Ralph Fiennes? Too ghoulish? We know he can play queeny from his Voldemort performance.

Terri R.

Anonymous said...

russell crowe? he could maybe recycle some of the wardrobe from gladiator. i fantasize that he stole large amounts of the wardrobe from gladiator. i do.

aaron w.