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Benedict Cumberbatch Joins AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

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Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
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willep
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ooh. I like me some Benedict Cumberbatch.
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ray-andallthatjazz86
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Another brilliant addition to the cast, now if they'd only announce who's playing Ivy and Bill...
"Some people can thrive and bloom living life in a living room, that's perfect for some people of one hundred and five. But I at least gotta try, when I think of all the sights that I gotta see, all the places I gotta play, all the things that I gotta be at"
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dreaming
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I still wish it could be Mary-Louise Parker as Ivy. She is so right for that role.
wonkit
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Intriguing (although I wasn't interested in seeing this before, now I'm in).
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GlindatheGood22
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Agh. I hope the Sherlock fangirls stay away.

Edit: I don't think Little Charles is supposed to be attractive. I think I'm going to have a hard time believing he can't get any girl other than his cousin/sister.
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Updated On: 8/24/12 at 11:42 AM
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ChairinMain
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.........It's hollywood. they only cast attractive people.

And hell, I bet he would "dress down" nicely. Plaster his hair with goo, ill-fitting jacket, he'll look terrible. It'll be fine.
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ray-andallthatjazz86
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I think I'm going to have a hard time believing he can't get any girl other than his cousin/sister

I don't think there's anything in the text that explicitly says Little Charles is only with Ivy because he couldn't get anyone else. I personally think they have a bond that goes beyond incest for them, especially since they're the only ones in their entire family who are not crazy, monstrous or both.
"Some people can thrive and bloom living life in a living room, that's perfect for some people of one hundred and five. But I at least gotta try, when I think of all the sights that I gotta see, all the places I gotta play, all the things that I gotta be at"
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GlindatheGood22
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^Plus Bev, to an extent. They both felt very connected to him and look how he ended up. Never thought of it that way.
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dreaming
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Little Charles is constantly harangued by his mother, much like Ivy is by her mom. (Who keeps telling her to wear makeup and stop dressing like a lesbian-that is what she calls her.) And both mothers harp on their children being single and losers (the moms see them that way).
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For what it's worth, I think finding Benedict Cumberbatch is pretty relative.
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givesmevoice
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I was going to say something similar to Phyllis. I think he is attractive to the point of almost being unattractive. (I think Laura Benanti is the same way, honestly.)
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Phyllis Rogers Stone
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I don't think he's attractive, but I don't doubt other people do, but he doesn't look like anyone I would think is considered more or less universally attractive.

I know what you mean about attractive to the point of being unattractive - I tend to feel that way about most of the models I see in ads in stuff like Vanity Fair. Like I think most of them are just out and out fugly. But then I just remember I tend to have wildly different tastes than most people.

But even so, I don't think Benedict Cumberbatch ever needs to worry about being "too attractive" for something.

Updated On: 8/24/12 at 03:09 PM
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dramamama611
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I don't think hes terribly attractive, to be honest. And unless you are GORGEOUS I don't see its much of an issue. Little Charles is a loser as a result of his mother's disappointment in his potential and his father's enabling. There are scads of decent looking people that have no self confidence. He feels important and manly with Ivy.

Why should ANY fangirls stay away. If they fl a great job with this film, idw like it to be a financial success.
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best12bars
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He's decent looking (not cover boy material), but what puts him into the "heavy sigh" category is his speaking voice.

Dang.
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random person 112
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I was just thinking and if she's not busy, and heaven knows she is always busy, but how about Jessica Chastain for Ivy?
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somethingwicked
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The movie starts filming on September 24th. Jessica Chastain is currently in rehearsal for THE HEIRESS, which she's doing on Broadway through January. Besides, as far as the ages of the characters go, she would have had to play Karen, not Ivy.

That being said, though she's the same age as Chastain, I'd love to see Maggie Gyllenhaal as Ivy.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
Updated On: 9/9/12 at 10:01 PM
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henrikegerman
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My new favorite potential Ivy is Emily Mortimer.
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ray-andallthatjazz86
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I wonder if Emily Mortimer can manage to be as vulnerable as Ivy needs to be, it'd definitely be an intriguing choice and it makes me curious to imagine her in the part. I was a big fan of the Mary-Louise Parker idea but more and more Marisa Tomei is my top choice. They need to announce the rest of the cast already!
"Some people can thrive and bloom living life in a living room, that's perfect for some people of one hundred and five. But I at least gotta try, when I think of all the sights that I gotta see, all the places I gotta play, all the things that I gotta be at"
wonkit
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Not Emily Mortimer, please. She has so little range.
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henrikegerman
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Little range? questionable vulnerability? WHAT? HUH? ARE EITHER OF YOU SERIOUS?

Compare Mortimer in LARS AND THE REAL GIRL (extremely vulnerable) to THE NEWS ROOM (a totally different woman in irony, leadership, initiative, anxiety, neurosis, social position, resoluteness, degree of commitment to congeniality, family status, national origin, regional flavor, down home sensibility versus palpable urbanity, self-regard, career, traditional versus contemporary image of femininity, dialect, humor, and physicality - and still highly vulnerable).

And brilliant and completely convincing in both!

Now back to Osage. She's perfect for Ivy in every sense, utterly right as an extremely attractive woman who, when she tunes down her looks, can verge on plainness and strike her mother as needing makeup. Exactly the right age both as written and in relation to Roberts and Lewis. A perfect fit for Cumberbatch; and, for my money, ideally believable as a sister to both Roberts and Lewis.

Did I miss anything? Come on Mortimer fans, help me out!









































Updated On: 9/10/12 at 08:19 AM
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He always looks like a lesser Quaid to me. Fine for this role.
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somethingwicked
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Emily Mortimer is phenomenal, but she's unavailable. The movie is filming through the end of the year and she goes back to shooting the second season of THE NEWSROOM (which she's radiant on) later this month.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
sarasmiles23
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I had heard Amy Adams might have been cast as Ivy and I thought that fit since when people were talking about an Into the Woods transfer they said she couldn't because she was filming Sept.-Dec. of this year, which is the time of the filming for this.
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ray-andallthatjazz86
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I have nothing against Mortimer, in fact, I really like her in the few things I've seen her in. I cannot stand Aaron Sorkin so I haven't checked out THE NEWSROOM, so my question regarding her vulnerability was a genuine inquiry rather than an attack on her talent.

Adams would be sublime as Ivy and completely unexpected but I'd rather not get my hopes up, if anyone's busier than Jessica Chastain, it's probably Adams.
"Some people can thrive and bloom living life in a living room, that's perfect for some people of one hundred and five. But I at least gotta try, when I think of all the sights that I gotta see, all the places I gotta play, all the things that I gotta be at"
random person 112
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something wicked, have you ever seen Jolene? Chastain plays a emotionally troubled foster girl who goes through a string of horrible relationships and plays the character from age fifteen to age to about thirty five and is perfectly believable the whole time. If she can play twenty years younger than her actual age i think she could handle four. As for Adams i think she was the obvious choice from the begging, she'll be good though.

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