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Casting news is always fun.

No one will care about this but me (and possibly ilovehulajosh)...but that's totally cool. I'm posting anyway! ;-)

Gary Oldman is set to star as James Connolly in a new movie about Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising. The film is titled Easter Sixteen, and Irish actor Jason Barry will make his directorial debut. Filming is scheduled to start in Dublin in April 2010.

A link to the press release is here at the Irish Film & Television Network. And here is an article from the Evening Herald (which says basically the same thing).

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tomfoolery815
Oct. 24th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
I care, too! "Michael Collins" is one of my all-time favorite movies.

I see that it will also have Guy Pearce and Ian Hart, who was in "Michael Collins" and was tremendous as John Lennon in "Backbeat."

I'll be there. :-) Thanks for the link, Piney!
13_pines
Oct. 24th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Yay, someone else who cares! I think it's going to be an interesting movie, and the entire cast is great so that makes it even better.

You're welcome! :-)
ilovehulajosh
Oct. 24th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yay :)

This was in the news this morning. Jason Barry is great. Although at the moment the only thing sticking out in my mind is Titanic. He played the Irish guy in it.
tomfoolery815
Oct. 24th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Titanic. He played the Irish guy in it.
Quite a stretch for him, then. ;-)
13_pines
Oct. 24th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Titanic and Circle of Friends are the main movies I know him from. Good for him for getting to do such a cool movie as his directorial debut. Hopefully it will be a success.
ilovehulajosh
Oct. 24th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Ah Circle of Friends. Chris O'Donnells accent was so bad. Not Tom Cruise in Far and Away bad but still pretty scary ;)
tomfoolery815
Oct. 24th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
Last night, one of the guys at work asked "What's with all the British actors playing Americans?" I replied that, apparently, it's much easier for a Brit or an Irishman to do an American accent than it is for an American to do an English or Irish accent. :-)
ilovehulajosh
Oct. 24th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Ya that f*cking Lucy Charms leprechaun has a lot to answer for ;)
13_pines
Oct. 24th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
*dies of laughter* ;-)
tomfoolery815
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
BWAH!
13_pines
Oct. 24th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
So true. I can think of several British actors who do perfect American accents (points to icon for one example), but I can't name one American actor who can do a good British accent.
ilovehulajosh
Oct. 24th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Really? I've always thought his American accent was quite poor.

But as someone else pointed out to me it's probably because I'm so used to hearing his British accent. I can hear it poke through.
13_pines
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
I've met people before who didn't even know Hugh Laurie was British. I don't notice his accent poking through personally, but maybe I'm not paying close enough attention.

Oldman does a decent American accent, but he's one where sometimes I notice the Brit come through, especially when he has a scene where he's yelling...there's a scene in The Dark Knight where he totally drops the American accent. It's a bit shocking.

Speaking of Dark Knight, Christian Bale does an acceptable American accent.
ilovehulajosh
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
To be honest when I first saw Gary Oldman in movies I thought he was American.

Christian Bale, I guess he's been around Hollywood since he was what 12 or something (I LOVE Empire of the Sun). He's probably had a lot of practice.
13_pines
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, one of my friends thought he was American, too (trying to remember now if the same friend also thought that about Hugh Laurie...hmmm). He can do all kinds of accents, which is impressive. I hope he doesn't screw up the Irish one for you.

Christian Bale really has been around since he was a baby! Newsies was the first movie I saw him in!
13_pines
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, one of my friends thought he was American, too (trying to remember now if the same friend also thought that about Hugh Laurie...hmmm). He can do all kinds of accents, which is impressive. I hope he doesn't screw up the Irish one for you.

Christian Bale really has been around since he was a baby! Newsies was the first movie I saw him in!

(LJ keeps eating my posts, so if this shows up twice, sorry!)
tomfoolery815
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it's a matter of population: We've such a large, populous nation, so there's a wide vocal range in which the Brits and Irish can set up shop. I don't think it works as well in the other direction.

The best unintentional English accent I've heard from an American was by William F. Buckley. I needed convincing he actually was American.
13_pines
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
We've such a large, populous nation, so there's a wide vocal range in which the Brits and Irish can set up shop. I don't think it works as well in the other direction.

Agreed! The difference in accents from one part of the country to another is huge (believe me, it becomes very obvious when you've just relocated from the South to the Northeast).
ilovehulajosh
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
You've reminded me of the time we went to visit a convent in high school. The nun who ran the gift shop was all "Hey yous guys. Guesses wheres I's from."

We said New York straight away. She was floored that we could pin point the accent.
13_pines
Oct. 24th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Ha! I still like that movie, despite O'Donnell's abysmal accent. The book is better, though.
ilovehulajosh
Oct. 24th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oh I just had a flashback to sitting in the theatre watching 'P.S. I Love You'

*shudders*
13_pines
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen it. Who had the crappy accent in that one?
ilovehulajosh
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Gerard Butler. He's actually Scottish.

I'm not a big fan of Hilary Swank either so maybe that's where my hostility is coming from ;)
13_pines
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Ah. Yeah, I don't like her either. I can't figure out why exactly, I just don't like her.
ilovehulajosh
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
I mean I didn't even like her in the Karate Kid 4 movie or 90210 ... oh wait no I've given away too much. I didn't watch either of those ;)
13_pines
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
HA!!
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