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December 5, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 5, 2008 |

So apparently, still high from finishing Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Russell Brand has decided he wants to remake the 1981 classic Arthur. Last I checked, Arthur was an alcoholic, not chasing the dragon. For those out of the know, Arthur is essentially a drunken playboy who stands to inherit a mad fortune if he marries an heiress, but instead falls for Liza Minelli, which goes to show the dangers of alcoholism. Brand’s a decent enough actor, but Dudley Moore is an incredibly charming motherfucker. I just don’t know if he’s got the bouncy charm to carry off that part. Brand’s more of a Hugh Grant funny, that sort of affable aw-shucks, golly aren’t I a handsome chap amusing. Arthur’s one of those “career-defining” parts.

However, if they go through with it, I say they just make it a full on trainwreck. The Liza Minelli part should be played by a) Liza Minelli, right now, b) Russell Brand playing ALL of the parts ala Eddie Murphy, or c) Amy Winehouse and a bottle of scotch. I might actually pay money to see Russell Brand try to woo Wino. It’d be like Trainspotting as a porno.

But the real star of the movie is Hobson, the valet. I hope they forego the obvious Jim Broadbent/Tom Wilkinson road, and go for real star power: Peter O’Toole. Here’s a clip of him getting informed of the news:

I Wish I Had A Dime For Every Dime I Had / Brian Prisco

Industry | December 5, 2008 |

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