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Sep 18th
06:49 am
Me and Orson Welles Official UK Trailer  


And an article by the Guardian:

Zac Efron is a revelation in Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles
The High School Musical star comes into his own in Richard Linklater's period charmer, out in the UK on 4 December, which goes behind the scenes of Orson Welles's infamous production of Julius Caesar.
Catherine Shoard

What a weird career Richard Linklater has had: from goofy slacker dramas to knock-you-sideways romance, from mainstream kiddie comedies to paranoid junkie cartoons.

His latest, Me and Orson Welles, is perhaps his weirdest to date, on account of its breezy conventionality. It's not even as experimental (praise be) as Cradle Will Rock, Tim Robbins's grating backstage-with-Welles politico-drama, which it superficially resembles.

Zac Efron plays an ambitious high schooler with a decent voice and twinkle toes (plus ca change) who wheedles his way to a walk-on in Welles's infamous 1937 production of Julius Caesar in New York (it's framed by a sort of "I'll never forget that week" nostalgia rhetoric that makes you wish Linklater had gone the whole hog, and bookended proceedings with a bewhiskered Efron dandling a grandchild on his knee, toffees in hand).

Also in the company are Claire Danes, briefly won over by Efron's boyish charms, Eddie Marsan, wringing his hands as the financier, and Ben Chaplin, unexpectedly hilarious as venerable English thesp George Coulouris. Newcomer Christian McKay (who's done a few Miss Marples, and played Welles on stage) makes a magnificent Orson, but it's Efron who really impresses: showing a depth and charm you'd never have dreamed of. He's not afraid to look petulant and silly, and does, frequently. That said, there are moments - check out the menacing screengrab above - in which you can't help but think: Efron should really, at some point, play a killer.

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zaccy23zaccy23 on September 18th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Wow wow wow. First off thank you Audrey for the code red this morning. Too bad I could not get this mother efron trailer to play on my Mac. But never fail work saves the day with its quick internet speed!! Definitely worth the wait. November couldn't come sooner!!
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on September 18th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Your welcome, always. :)
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on September 18th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

saw it at the end of the last post, and have already viewed it countless times!!!!!

and the guardian write-up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

go baby, go!
IceGoddess: heylo there dirty lil secretccmskatechick on September 18th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
So, so wonderful :)
elena_claytonelena_clayton on September 18th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
OMFG I got goosebumps. It looks soooo great!
And Zac really is distractingly beautiful. Wow.
sillycece: zacEYEScatherish312 on September 18th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
aw man, i saw this on facebook and hoped i'd beat you to it and could tell you about it. oh well. can't be gossip girl all the time. :p

i loved it!!! my heart...*thump thump*
sillycece: zefronkillercatherish312 on September 18th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
mmmmm i made an icon :D
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ex_absolutef238 on September 18th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TO ALL OF IT THANK YOU!
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 19th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
no problem :) i'm hoping we get more stills soon!
Shruti: Zac | All Of Seventeencalcified on September 18th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
LOL @ THE SPARKLING AT THE END.

Ok I had coherent thoughts. The sparkling was just an awful idea. Um. Sorry it's hilariouuuuus to hear Zac pretend to be freaked out by singing on stage. There's this old old article I read about typecasting in which they mentioned a scene in a war movie, in which the guy who plays Al Bundy is actually an evil asshole, but instead of viewing him seriously, the audience just lolled because...Al Bundy. At war. Similarly!

His storyline with Claire is so cute! (though obviously not the whole time, what with her moving to greener pastures) There was some other part that I wanted to talk to you about! Oh ok, other than that Shia looking kid who is calling Orson a douche, do you feel like some characters have accents and others don't, but everyone at some point sounds accenty? In a stagey kind of way.
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on September 18th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
i had to go back and rewatch to understand your sparkly comment LOL

ugggghhh i really love the trailer, the "who are you scene" fits so much better within the context of this trailer. and i love the bit when richard is asking orson to talk to his mother....."oh course!"

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It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on September 18th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
Really great trailer. Obviously, I liked the Zac teaser but this was such a treat. I'm in awe of Christian's passion and delivery from just the small clips we're seeing. I know the crticis and reviews raved about his performance, but the praise is genuinely only being further supported by the clips being released. What a way to be introduced to the big screen!

The score sounds lovely. I'm so used to hearing Top 40 type songs providing the background to mainstream movies that it's soothing to the ears when it's just an arrangement and the focus is on the acting.

The wardrobe is really looking great. I re-watched the trailer several time just to try and inspect costumes. That ballroom scene is going to be a lot to take in- my eyes won't be able to scan each suit and dress fast enough! Their hairstyles are adorable- love the big, pinned/tucked curls on the girls.

Zac's eyes and the expression he's able to capture simply with a look says so much more than dialogue. The camera loves him. I see no hints of Troy Bolton, Mike O'Donnell, etc. Although I'm sure there's elements he very well does bring to each film project, Richard is a new character. I'm not being reminded of prior on-screen portrayals/ even Zac Efron himself. I believed him as Richard.
zaccy23zaccy23 on September 18th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
I agree the costumes and scenary are tremendous. I love seeing this book brought to life!

The camera does love him. It's almost ridiculous how much!! Gahhh thank you Richard Linklater:)
lmv191lmv191 on September 18th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
I love this review. Especially the last line, which puts forth what I have said for so long - Zef would make an awesome serial killer. I really hope he gets a part like that one day.
○ohsoglamours on September 19th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
yes! i completly agree! ngl that is my dream role for zac. so far he's always played the good guy, i think it'd godsmack people to see him ad the villan. damn i'd die if he ever got casted as the bad guy in a horror/thrilling movie. <33
germangirl89germangirl89 on September 18th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
thank you for the trailer... looked good... I do hope it comes into the cinemas here too but I kinda doubt it.. we'll see...
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on September 18th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
eeeeeeee!
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on September 18th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
i commented... and its not here...?

anyway. yay!
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on September 18th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
oh there it is. lol
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on September 18th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
so can they sue over this: http://www.replay-your-fragrance.com/DE/#/

they are clearly using their likeness.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 18th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
i'm guessing that because they aren't verbally implying zac and vanessa are endorsing the product and because their likenesses are transformed, a lawsuit would not be successful. but copyright and trademark law is so messy and convoluted :/
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butterflybee260: pic#92304675butterflybee260 on September 18th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)

I love the killer comment!

And I love the serious moments in this movie, the glimpses we are getting of them. We've never seen much of that type of acting from Zac and I'm really really excited to see it. Like his look when Claire told him Orson was going to spend the night, perfection. <3
samwise gamgee.colfer on September 18th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
you know, i really wish he had affected even a little bit of an accent for the role.

...i said this before i saw shrewtee's comment above. weird. i guess because this is the most we've heard him actually speak in the movie so far.

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bettybaby63bettybaby63 on September 18th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
why would you expect him to have an accent???? the character is from NJ. unless that's what you mean LOL
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