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Who should play Robert Newton in a biopic?


What actor do you think could play Robert Newton in a film about his life, and why do you think he's qualified? These can be practical suggestions, or perhaps there's an actor you think would have been perfect for the role at some earlier time.

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isn't Glenn dead? He would be good if he's still alive.
I can't remember his last name, help me out Susan.
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isn't Glenn dead? He would be good if he's still alive.
I can't remember his last name, help me out Susan.



Are you talking about Leo Genn? Yes, he's gone now. Hmm, I agree, looks-wise, he's perfect--lots of people have mistaken them for each other. And he had a lot of charisma too. But I don't think I ever saw him in a role where he conveyed the raw machismo that Newton had in real life. He usually played more stately, debonaire characters, like Dr. McDreamy--I mean, Dr. Kik in The Snake Pit. (Ah, yes, when they send me away to the loony bin, I definitely want him for my psychiatrist.) And then there was the staid French constable in Henry V. I think the most he reminded of Bob was as Starbuck in Moby Dick.

Another reason I don't think it would have worked: they were exactly the same age!

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YES THAT'S HIS NAME!!!
well, i was on the right track.
he did look alot like him, i didn't know they were the same age though.
i've never seen him in a role before.
would Johnny Depp be a good one?
he's got the pirate part already!
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To tell you the truth, I'm a little tired of Johnny Depp--he's the new Tom Hanks in terms of overexposure. He's a good actor, but I really can't see him as Robert Newton personally. Now Geoffrey Rush, when he was younger, with the right make-up job ... Well, Geoffrey Rush can do anything as far as I'm concerned! emoticon

Another young actor I really admire (who'd also need a good amount of make-up, but who I think really has the right charisma) is Michael Sheen. But he's already plagued with accusations of playing too many real-life people. For example, he just played Tony Blair in The Queen (after playing him a few years ago in another movie), and he's now filming Frost/Nixon, which I got to see him in on Broadway a couple of months ago playing David Frost. He's amazingly versatile and really knows how to steal a scene. (He first caught my eye as an over-the-top rock star in Laws of Attraction; he was the best part of the movie. He was also a heartless villain in Timeline and a sexy villain in Underworld. I really believe he could play any part convincingly.)

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I've never heard of Michael Sheen, but I definitly know who Geoffrey Rush is sexy!!!
he is, no kidding!!!!
have you ever seen him in the movie Shine?
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I've never heard of Michael Sheen,



Well, here he is:

http://www.michaelsheen.net/

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have you ever seen him in the movie Shine?



I certainly have! Although it would be kind of moot to say he was awesome since he pretty much started off his film career by winning a Best Actor Oscar for it. (In fact, the first time I ever heard of him was when I saw him win the oscar.) And then he won a Best Actor Emmy for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, which is why I'm sure he could tackle a biopic of Robert Newton if he put his mind to it. (In fact, another Geoffrey fan I know who was lucky enough to meet him and talk to him for a good length of time told me that he's a fan of RN, which increases his awesomeness even more.)

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ooh, Michael Sheen's cute!
*GASP* GR knows about RN!!??!!
THAT'S SO COOL! Yeah, he's like 90% "awesomer" now
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That is so cool that Rush is an RN fan!
Here's what I posted on the old message board regarding that:
"GR's portrayal of Captain Barbossa is a brilliant homage. How cool of him to pay credit to RN! Hopefully it will inspire 'the wiser youngsters of today' to learn more about the man behind our dear Cap'n Silver."
"So be it! And fall on!" -R.L.S.

Yeah! Michael Sheen could totally play RN! Good choice!

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aw, that's sweet Jenny, I like how you used some parts of "If sailor tales, to sailor tunes.". does that peice even have a tital? I've been calling it that for as long as I've known it.
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