People who should get their own biopics

Sunday, July 18, 2010 10:32 PM By Simon

(because they're twice as interesting as anyone Hilary Swank has ever played)

Roman Polanski

Do you know how many movies you can get out of his life? From Holocaust film to marriage drama to courtroom to tale of isolation or whatever. He's cinema's anti-hero, he is. From the escape from Krakow, to the production of Knife in the Water, Sharon Tate's death, the sexual abuse trial. The only question is what the tone should be. ...

Pete Doherty and Carl Barat

Of The Libertines, Doherty and Barat have had a notoriously turmulous relationship. While best friends, Doherty's erratic behaviour and subtsance abuse (ahem) have put a rift between them. It could be a touching and ultimately tragic chronicle of their relationship...I mean, the whole thing can be summed up when each were individually asked about the state of the friendship. While Barat replied: "If I'm honest, I miss having a best friend who, for all his foibles, who got me...you know, when you meet someone who gets you and you get them on the deepest level, I mean that...that's something that I always missed about Pete." Doherty, visibly choked up, said that he "just missed Carl."

Elagabalus

By 18, this guy pimped his way through four years of Roman Emperoring. He, a transexual hedonist, forced the Roman government to bow to the sun god, reportedly had affairs with several dudes, on top of his five wives (four, technically, as he seperated and remarried Iulia Aquilia Severa, and this is for debate), and is all but confirmed to have prostituted himself about the imperial palace, all before getting assassinated in the year 222. Tell me you wouldn't want to see that.

Who do you want to see get their own Hollywoodization?

7 comments:

Darren said...

Let the casting begin on the Polanski bio-pic! (Because you know somebody in Hollywood's been thinking the same thing)

Nah, I'd love to see a proper David Bowie bio-pic, just because that's one hell of a life, and he's one of the great survivors of the seventies.

July 19, 2010 at 12:41 AM
Neil Fulwood said...

The Elagabalus biopic needs to go into production, right now, with Darren Aronofsky writing and directing. Jennifer Connelly as one of the wives, please.

July 19, 2010 at 1:21 AM
SugaryCynic said...

Elagabulus, oh yes. Also I second the need for a proper David Bowie film

July 19, 2010 at 9:49 AM
Sadako said...

Elagabalus sounds awesome.

The Roman Polanski one would be good too but maybe after a few years have gone by. I feel like the tendency to gloss over the genuinely bad stuff he did might make us want to romanticize him a bit.

I agree that a Bowie one would be good. I'd also love to see a Phil Spector one at some point.

July 19, 2010 at 10:34 AM
Luke said...

Those Romans are just a hotbed of saucy film prospects aren't they? Jeez, what a bio!

July 19, 2010 at 2:09 PM
Kevin said...

Dave Grohl needs a biopic. That guy has been through some ridiculous shit and has come out smelling like roses. Plus, he's the greatest musician of probably the last 20 years.

July 21, 2010 at 9:59 AM