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 Post subject: Re: Movie Adaptation of Infinite Jest
PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:31 pm 
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semarleau wrote:
... I always pictured Avril as looking kind of like Angelica Huston.


Sigourney Weaver, surely?


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 Post subject: Re: Movie Adaptation of Infinite Jest
PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:53 am 
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I think an HBO series could be incredible. Their shows have a history of selecting less well-known actors and I think that would serve the material well. Some little know actor as Hal would make him really be "Hal" and not infused with other parts we have all seen him play. That said, I can totally see Paul Giamatti in a cameo as Kevin Bain, crying and crawling across the floor with his teddy bear at the NA meeting.


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 Post subject: Re: Movie Adaptation of Infinite Jest
PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:53 am 
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Giamatti as Tavis would be even more fun...just imagine the scene with Tina Echt!


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 Post subject: Re: Movie Adaptation of Infinite Jest
PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:57 pm 
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I've thought about this alot lately, actually, reading the book.

Avril is so blatantly Cate Blanchette in my head but as far as casting anyone else, I'm sort of up in the air, except maybe John Goodman as Helen Steeply.

As far as directors, it'd have to be Paul Thomas Anderson. Wes isn't bad but for all the quirk in the book's characters, it is in no way framed as tightly as the way he frames his movies. For all the emotional reality in the book, PTA is a must. (And oh, man, the Jon Brion score, stand back folks...)

Also, I don't think it needs to be a series. For as long as the book is, so much of that is in the enormous amount of visual and emotional description. I mean, you could convey the enormity of the Drills or Ennet House Complex layouts in about four minutes of screen time. It's almost as if the book is describing every detail of every shot of a three hour movie.

It's tough because there are very few young actors that are totally great these days, but as mentioned, Friday Night Lights is a great place to start. God knows who Seracen could play (he's way off visually for Hal) but it'd have to be someone.

Actually, the main thing I was excited about was a fully CGI Mario Incandenza.


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 Post subject: Re: Movie Adaptation of Infinite Jest
PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:08 pm 
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BenjaminBirdie wrote:
Avril is so blatantly Cate Blanchette in my head...


Great Idea, especially as she is not already past the ideal age (the suggestion of Anjelica Huston is great, but too late to pull it off).

BenjaminBirdie wrote:
Actually, the main thing I was excited about was a fully CGI Mario Incandenza.


“Hal? Hey Hal?? Do or do not... there is no try.”


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 Post subject: Re: Movie Adaptation of Infinite Jest
PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:02 pm 
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You know who I think would be a perfect choice for Hal? Joseph Gordon Levitt. He can still pull off a high school kid, he's got the right look, and his recent work has been really impressive (don't have much interest in 500 Days of Summer, but the more indie stuff he's done in the past few years has been incredible).


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 Post subject: Re: Movie Adaptation of Infinite Jest
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:28 am 
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Robbie Coltrane = Don Gately

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 Post subject: Re: Movie Adaptation of Infinite Jest
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:20 am 
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I recently saw this indie film "Good Dick," and this guy was kind of a standout. He really had a Gately-like quality in one particular scene when he shouts at Jason Ritter's character.

Eric Edelstein
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1468061/

He might not really be overpoweringly huge enough, but it would be great to see what could be done with some creative camera work, forced perspective a la LOTR's hobbits, etc. Also, his ethnicity may not really be right, but who cares?


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 Post subject: Re: Movie Adaptation of Infinite Jest
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:54 am 
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I saw Adventureland this weekend. Jessie Eisenberg IS Hal Incandenza.


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 Post subject: Re: Movie Adaptation of Infinite Jest
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Uma = JvD


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