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They've made a miniseries of The Lion in Winter.

Normally I would be horrified, positive nothing could equal Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole - but.

Patrick Stewart. And Glenn Close. By gods, I think they could pull it off.

http://www.thepsn.org/psn/filmtitle.asp?filmid=68; on Showtime in April.


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Mar. 17th, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)
Not sure how you make a miniseries out of a play that performs in slightly over 2 hours onstage (g).

Add some scenes from Becket, maybe (the play by Anouilh, not Irish playwright Samuel Beckett).
Mar. 17th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC)
I really need to see that film/play/miniseries. My parents got my name from it! I keep saying I'm going to see it, but renting videos isn't really a thing people do here :( Will be interested to hear how it is though :)
Mar. 17th, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC)
I now envy all the people with Showtime.
Mar. 17th, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC)
I think they might be the only two (willing to appear on the big screen) currently who could even try standing up to Hepburn and O'Toole. Stewart and Close have features that change age easily, plus she has a BA in Anthropology - can't be all bad. If one were willing to dig into the skills of Hollywood makeup artistry perhaps Sir Ian McKellan and Dame Judi Dench would shoe in nicely just the same.
Mar. 17th, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)
Hrm, McKellan and Dench very well might work. But I agree, there's no one else who would have a prayer!
Mar. 17th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC)
Hopkins could do it (and work out any Oedipal issues he might have after debuting on screen as Richard in the older film).

And I see Sian Phillips toured as Eleanor in the 90's - you may recall her as Livia Augusta in I, Claudius, the series that first put a bewigged Patrick Stewart in front of US viewers as Aelius Sejanus. She'd rock.

Close puts me to sleep, but that's just me. I didn't like her Gertrude, and prayed for death watching her onstage in Sunset Boulevard, though to be fair to the lady, the material she had to deliver was just putrid (wossname, Webber, at his prodigious worst).
Mar. 17th, 2004 04:26 pm (UTC)
Call me a snob, but I see Hepburn and O'Toole. I am heartily sick of remakes. You can't improve on perfection! Hollywood needs to figure out how to hire (or breed) talent, instead of relying on their ancestors' genius.
I guess I should be relieved that they didn't cast Britney Spears to play Eleanore. Or set it in modern hip-hop terms...like that awful Romeo and Juliet remake.
Mar. 17th, 2004 10:01 pm (UTC)
thanks the goat they didn't cast B.S. R&J? Please excuse me while I visit the vomitorium! Anyway, why can't such classics be treated like theater on the big screen? That's like saying that Shakespeare should never be STAGED again since the "perfects" have already gone before. Theater has "successors" -- why can't cinema? If Close and Stewart bomb out the roles, then Hepburn and O'Toole just shine more brightly... (would that really be a bad thing?)
Mar. 18th, 2004 03:42 am (UTC)
"I guess I should be relieved that they didn't cast Britney Spears to play Eleanore"

There's always Alais.
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