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velvet goldmine

How about a Black Katz? He always seemed like a Jack Black kind of "character" when I was reading the book. The problem with my imaginary movie is I'd choose Ed Harris for Bryson, and I suppose the age difference is too great. And I just will not tolerate Jack Nicholson in another eccentric role, so don't even think about him for Katz, Hollywood.

Jim7

How about Redford reuniting with Timothy Hutton? It's about time that he was a movie star again.

Dave

In a just world, some network would give Bryson a camera crew and an unlimited budget and tell him "Go find out something interesting."

Lance Mannion

Dave, Hear! Hear!

Jim, Hutton could play either Bryson or Katz these days. In fact, if this was an episode of Leverage, he might play both.

VG, Black would work. Once you've established that neither character is the real Bryson or Katz, you don't have to stick with the fact that they were old college friends. The Katz character could even be the Bryson character's son. Like I said, there's no reason for the characters to be old coots except that Redford appears set on casting himself as Bryson, which I think is a mistake. He should just direct it. But speaking of making one of the characters black, as opposed to Black, another good pairing would be a re-teaming of Will Smith and Matt Damon, with Damon still as Katz. Bob, are you reading this?

Dave

Lance, the problem with that is that "Bryson" has to be likable, keenly observant, and self-effacing, even when he's not. Smith is none of these.

Peter R

Jack Black might be good. but never mind Katz--who gets to play the obnoxious hiker (I can't remember her name) they meet and desperately try to shake to no avail, for quite some time?

Dave

Kristen Wiig. Obnoxious is right in her wheelhouse. Hateful and unfunny are, too, but that's another matter.

velvet goldmine

The Bryson character could go a number of different ways, which is the nature of narrator-driven book-to-film characters. It needs to be someone with a palpable sense of humor, but who is gifted at both the slow burn and the volcanic explosion. Since Bea Arthur is unavailable, I nominate Tom Hanks.

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