Angelina Jolie on Atlas Shrugged

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Submitted by seddon on Fri, 2007-06-08 12:11

What’s your interest in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged?

“I think it's a wonderful book. I'm a fan of her writing. It's an amazing project, in many ways a controversial project, and a complicated project. I think it needs to be done right so there's been a lot of talk as to how that can be. What are the important reasons for making it? There's a lot of really great people involved. It's being written now, so we'll see as the script comes out how close we are and then we'll know how close we are to possibly making it. Everybody involved, the producers involved, we all sat down around the table and agreed that if we couldn't do it right and couldn't do it justice, if along the way any one piece didn't come together - the right director, the right script - we would all just fold it and not do it. So that's where we're at now. We're taking it step by step so we can make damn sure that it's done right.”

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Clint Eastwood directing Atlas

mvardoulis's picture

...may just make it work, especially if he was Rand's choice for Rearden, regardless of the cast. And if Hollywood 'pricing' is to remain consistent, Jolie and Pitt would indeed be expensive. There are some others in Hollywood circles who have made claims of being Randian/Objectivist/libertarian etc. who I wouldn't mind having a piece of the project as well, if for no other reason than I see them doing justice to the project more than an actor who parrots the lines.

A Ruddy mess needs Clint Eastwood

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Al Ruddy, producer of The Godfather, reportedly had a finished script to make Atlas into two movies, the first two hours and the second was three hours. He then proposed a television mini-series for Turner television. Those plans fell through and it seems that Ruddy then planned one movie. The Baldwins acquired the rights about a year after the Ruddy project finally failed.

Ruddy had tried to get the rights to the rights to Atlas from Rand and proposed that Clint Eastwood (Rearden), Robert Redford (Galt) and Faye Dunaway (Dagny) would be the stars. Erica Holzer has written that Eastwood was Rand's personal choice for Rearden. Ruddy seems to have have interest from those stars who would have attracted huge interest. However, he fell out with Rand and claimed that he would wait for her to die before he made the film.

Eastwood calls himself a libertarian and will direct Jolie in "The Changeling" this year. If they work well together, perhaps Jolie can persuade Eastwood to direct her in Atlas. Smiling

We should be thankful that Oliver Stone is not the director of Atlas. It was reported in 2002 that Warner Brothers was planning to remake The Fountainhead with Stone as Director!

Does Jolie have a veto?

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It certainly sounds that way. One big issue are the fees that Jolie and Pitt will demand, probably at the top end of the Hollywood scale. The movie does not need such expensive stars. There are plenty of cheaper alternatives who would probably do a better job.

It doesn't disqualify him

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It doesn't disqualify him either.  I still don't understand why Jolie wants to make the movie though, & that worries me.

 

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Seen "Flags" - bummed to hear that he's gone that way with the sequel. The reason why I think he would be good - other than an excellent body of work - is that he's the only director in Hollywood who's a libertarian (not that being a lib qualifies him I admit).

Bill

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Haven't seen the last two WWII films from Eastwood, but a number of his films such as Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven show a lot of promise as to what he could do with an "Atlas Shrugged" film

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Cooper Never Got It

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"Look how double Oscar winner Cooper mangled The Fountainhead. It's not enough for actors to memorise the lines; they have to know them."

And he mangled Roark with Ayn Rand as a tutor. Can you imagine what someone as flawed as Jolie will do with *David Kelley* as tutor?!

As for Clint Eastwood, I'm not so sure. He certainly didn't do the vets of WWII any justice with his last two movies. Hell, he glorified the Japanese and portrayed the Americans as corrupt. I'm not so sure I'd want him anywhere near Rand's novels.

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Too true, Bill...

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...some people say "well she is an actress, all she has to do is act the part."

Look how double Oscar winner Cooper mangled The Fountainhead. It's not enough for actors to memorise the lines; they have to know them.

Someone should call Clint Eastwood. He'd get it right. In fact, I'm not sure who else could.

people involved

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Is it just too much to hope that somehow in the mess that is a stereotypical Hollywood brain (if that’s not too much of an oxymoron to begin with) a half-way decent vehicle to promote Objectivism, at least as a frame of mainstream reference, is created? I WOULD LOVE FOR THE 'GENERAL PUBLIC' TO AT LEAST START ***THINKING*** ABOUT OBJECTIVIST IDEAS even if they don't know how to define it, per se.

Or am I just being waaaayyyy too optimistic for even considering this could become a good thing?

Angelina the Altruist

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It should be noted that Jolie was recently quoted as saying that upon hearing herself referred to (somewhere) as a humanitarian, and not an actress, that she was very happy, preferring the legacy of altruist to actor.

Good riddance.

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Jolie is the Opposite of Dagny

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"I suppose it's always possible that the real reason why the film's chances have suddenly become iffy is that Ms. Jolie simply believes it can't be done "right" at this time -- for philosophical and/or esthetic reasons..."

I can't see what Jolie likes about Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged in particular. I could see if she identified with some parts of The Fountainhead especially if she misunderstood it as so many people do; ie the "little guy" against the big "corporate power structure" or "do your own thing", etc, etc.. But Atlas Shrugged? Its so explicitly capitalist and anti-altruist that it goes against everything that Jolie stands for and believes in. She has to know by now what it is she would be endorsing. How could she not? I know that some people say "well she is an actress, all she has to do is act the part." But that is naive. This movie would be a vehicle for Jolie's celebrity status. I can't believe that she would ever make a movie which condemned the very moral code that makes her UN persona possible. There is just no way. If she makes this movie (and if it is in fact made), I will bet the ranch that it will be a hit piece against Rand. A hit piece which an "Objectivist" (Aglialoro) made possible.

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I Guess...

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I suppose it's always possible that the real reason why the film's chances have suddenly become iffy is that Ms. Jolie simply believes it can't be done "right" at this time -- for philosophical and/or esthetic reasons...

This Movie Will Suck - How Could It Not?

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"They will make a large steaming pile of dogshit precisely because they will hire a socialist pomo director who will piss on the ideas, to the extent that he/she even understands them."

Exactly. And Kelley and Aglialoro will sign off on it.

I hope the movie doesn't get made until it no longer is in Aglialoro's control or there emerges someone in Hollywood who genuinely understands Objectivism and agrees with it.

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Phil

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Nothing you say is of any value.

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Scott's Claim to Omniscience

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> No one on the talent end, and certainly not Angelina, understands even the fundamentals of Objectivism. [Scott]

How do you know this? Have you spoken to all of a long list of people or have seen them specifically comment on Objectivism?

> they will hire a socialist pomo director who will piss on the ideas.

Scott, are you engaging in mind reading? Are you aware that there are many people in Hollywood who are not on the left? And are not post-modernists? Are you sure you don't want to qualify this by saying 'maybe' or 'probably' or 'Hollywood often turns ideas into mindless action...'

Lots of words, signifying

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Lots of words, signifying almost nothing.  No one on the talent end, and certainly not Angelina, understands even the fundamentals of Objectivism.  They will make a large steaming pile of dogshit precisely because they will hire a socialist pomo director who will piss on the ideas, to the extent that he/she even understands them.  If it happenes, its one primary goal should be to introduce Objectivism to people and spread them.  That was a big reason the book was writtten, and if you lose the message, all you have left is a story, which, if bereft of ideas, has no point.  But a story without a point, or compelling characters with clear, rational motivations, is exactly what Hollywood is expert at churning out.

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