Tuesday, February 27, 2007

That other decision...

I don't think I can make a good segway between the ICJ and the Oscars; so I'll just jump right into it:

Hearing (and seeing, at this time, unfortunately only clips) of Forrest Whitaker's performance as the mad man of Uganda himself, Idi Amin, who also starred in the brilliant documentary about himself, Idi Amin Dada. I was wondering about the prospects of anyone making a movie about the butcher of the Balkans, Slobodan Milosevic?

As interesting as it would be to imagine what Hollywood star would portray Milosevic on the big screen, I doubt that anyone has any incling to make a movie, for one, Milosevic is still a recent event, perhaps too recent for any Hollywood film director to feel really comfortable making a flim. Secondly, to put it bluntly, Milosevic is too boring for the average movie goer. Idi Amin (allegedly) ate people! Saddaam had statues on practically every street corner made of him, etc, etc. By comparision, Milosevic was a smart dictator; and while his rule spelled utter disaster for the people in the Balkans and led to tremendous amount of suffering and death; Milosevic as a person was pretty lackluster, nothing too dramatic for an actor to sink his teeth into.

5 comments:

cd said...

i think jack nicholson (in term of famous actor) resembles milosevic most or raymond's father in "everybody loves raymond"

Bg anon said...

Saw Whitaker as Amin in the movie.

Very good performance and great accent as well. Generally good film although I thought the guy that played the scot was a bit weak.

Shaina said...

unfortunately, Peter Boyle, who played the dad on "Everybody loves Raymond" died this past year. He was featured in the "in memoriam" montage at the Oscars. He also starred in the great "Young Frankenstein" film directed by Mel Brooks, which even though I've seen the film, didn't realize it was him.

But, I do see a slight resemblance between the two of them, especially in the forehead!

Owen said...

What about a part for Helen Mirren as a certain raven-haired Serbian temptress, political party leader, wife and mother?

Shaina said...

hmmm, I'm thinking more along the lines of Meryl Streep. Of course, she really doesn't look anything like Mrs. M (but then again, neither does Mirren); and Streep is lauded for ability to do foreign accents.

If I was a director, I would fine Mira a much more compelling figure for a movie than her husband.