Saturday, 2 October 2010

Kirk & Marks

Re-reading the Tony Curtis obits today reminded me of a scurrilous story put about in Hollywood, no doubt by actors jealous of Kirk Douglas, and referring to his ego and his liberal sympathies. No top star (apart from Brando, who was contractually bound elsewhere) wanted to touch The Defiant Ones before Tony Curtis agreed. Douglas was said to have been ready to sign up, but "only if I can play the black part".

Mr Nice, the Howard Marks story, is due for release on the 8th of this month. Rhys Ifans stars as Marks, Chloe Sevigny as his wife, and David Thewlis as Jim McCann of the IRA. It will be interesting to see who was cast as Lynn Barber.

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