Be Cool to Start Production with The Rock? Source: Variety Thursday, October 16, 2003
MGM will begin production in January on Be Cool, the Get Shorty sequel that F. Gary Gray will direct, with John Travolta reprising his role as Chili Palmer. The studio is also courting Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to play a bodyguard-singer who develops an uneasy alliance with Palmer.
Be Cool moves the loan shark-turned film producer Palmer away from the feature film business and into the music industry. In short order, Chili witnesses the murder of his music industry friend by the mob, he agrees to manage an up-and-coming singer, and he's threatened by her mob-connected manager.
The Rock would play the manager's bodyguard, a big guy who wants to be a singer and who happens to be gay. After beating him up in their first encounter, Palmer tries to help the tough guy become a film star.
The studio is targeting the film for a holiday 2004 release.
Probably a smart move to pair Rock up with a bigger star, so the whole movie won't be riding on his shoulders. I think it's still early to see how Rundown shakes out, but it seems like he's not quite ready to carry that load.
Sounds like a meatier role for him, too.
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I read that book a few years ago, and thought that if it ever were made into a movie, that The Rock would be perfect for the bodyguard role.
The book is fantastic. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.
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Here my thing about The Rock doing movies. He needs to make sure tha he doesn't over do it to the point of where we won't want to see him. Because he was good in S. King and I hear that the Rundown is a great movie. I just don't want to see him every 3 months.
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I dunno, a gay lounge singer? Rock better be careful. This is the kind of stuff that will alienate him completely from the wrestling fan base that has made his amazing movie success possible. It shouldn't be this way, but I just can't see him playing some high profile homosexual role and then coming back to a welcome audience.
What do you call Albert Einstein beatin' off? Give up? A stroke of genius!
As far I knew, Elmore Leonard wrote this book specifically to be made into a movie.
The story I heard, was that Leonard and DeVito (Get Shorty producer through his Co. Jersey Films) were talking at the Get Shorty premier, and DeVito said in passing, that he wondered what a sequel to Get Shorty would be like.
Be Cool was Leonard's responce.
I also just read this about a week ago, and the whole time I read the character I was thinking of The Rock. A tall samoan tough-guy, who also happens to have a trademark move with his eyebrow.
John Travolta has signed to star in a sequel to Get Shorty, eight years after the original film. The actor, who played Chili Palmer alongside Danny De Vito and Gene Hackman in the 1995 original, will join former wrestler Dwayne The Rock Johnson this time around, in Be Cool. The Rock will play a gay bodyguard-singer who develops an alliance with Travolta's character. According to Variety.Com, the film is expected to begin shooting in January and be ready for release at the end of next year."
------ I just find it funny that IMDb always list The Rock as "former wrestler" whenever they talk about him. Hell, he mught as well be.
It's like a koala bear crapped a rainbow in my brain!
Originally posted by Hogan's My DadI dunno, a gay lounge singer? Rock better be careful. This is the kind of stuff that will alienate him completely from the wrestling fan base that has made his amazing movie success possible.
Maybe that's the idea.
I have a feeling this will be the role that cements Rock's mainstream appeal, and not some "dumb action star". Versatility is a gift in Hollywood. Last thing you want to do is be typecast like another Vin Diesel or Van Damme.
Originally posted by Hogan's My DadI dunno, a gay lounge singer? Rock better be careful. This is the kind of stuff that will alienate him completely from the wrestling fan base that has made his amazing movie success possible. It shouldn't be this way, but I just can't see him playing some high profile homosexual role and then coming back to a welcome audience.
He's already had gay roles though. Don't forget about the cross-dressing cop who hooked up with the Ladies' Man and the gay bartender he played the times he hosted SNL.
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I've read Be Cool, and I'd say the Rock can really work in that role.
The character is gay, yes, but it's just an aspect of an otherwise very complicated guy. He's charismatic, social, ambitious -- and also very, very threatening. You don't know if he's really a friend or an enemy until later on in the story and even then it's ambiguous. I think the more subdued yet physical character he played in Rundown shows he can nail this one easily.
But the role isn't as large as the press release is making it out to be; it's equivilant in size to one fo the medium parts in Get Shorty.
Originally posted by fuelinjectedThis speaks a lot for how well regarded Rock has become in Hollywood to land a major role with Travolta.
Didn't he just sign on for another project too? The guy has no shortage of work lined up and money coming in.
I heard earlier this week he had also signed to do a movie called Instant Karma, a comedy, with a number of name co-stars...unfortunately, the only names I remember are those of the Broken Lizard guys, who are apparently signed on to do some of the voices of animated characters in the movie.
I agree. There's no doubt that he has appeal, the fact that people are lining up to sign him to movie deals is evidence of that. What concerned me after seeing The Rundown, though, is that he basically played The Rock with the volume turned down a bit. For people who hadn't seen his act before I'm sure it was quite enjoyable, but if he plays The Rock too many times he may get stale quickly. Hopefully some diversity in the type of movies he makes will address that.
Even though I've liked how they've played the angle so far, I hope that it ends after Survivor Series. I respect Al Snow, but feuding against him isn't exactly a career-making feud, if you know what I mean.