Friday, October 07, 2005
That'll make your Bull (Moose) run!
What's eating ATL Malcontent?
Many things, obviously, and, granted, the following is nowhere near the most pressing. But as political heroes go, my list begins, and virtually ends, with Theodore Roosevelt, the eco-friendly, trust-busting, take few prisoners sonofabitch who inhabited the White House shortly after the turn of the 20th Century. Some 100 years later, Hollywood has decided to make a movie about T. Rex, and already I'm concerned about the portrayal.
Leonardo DiCaprio?!? Although I have enjoyed his work before ("This Boy's Life" was as knockout debut), lithe Leo is so physically removed from Roosevelt that I can't imagine him inhabiting the role with the slightest of conviction. Jackass though he may be, Russell Crowe would've made much more sense (though he'll probably end up being cast as Abe Lincoln one day).
Much like Will Smith and Muhammad Ali, the only thing DiCaprio has in common with T.R. is skin color. Hollywood just can't get it right when it comes to larger-than-life figures ... quite the contradiction.