Log in

No account? Create an account
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.

Mood: groggygroggy
50 50 comments Comment
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 :/
butterflybee260: pic#93003726butterflybee260 on September 18th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)

Are the images even specific enough to warrent something like that? To me the guy barely looks like Zef and the girl looks steroypically like V. It could be a hundred other couples.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 18th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
that's exactly it... i think the portrayals are generic enough that they can't do anything about it. they may not even have been modified off of specific images of zac or vanessa, just models that looked like them. but i think enough people have commented on it (even just on twitter) that we can say the impression of zac and vanessa is probably what the company was going for.
butterflybee260: pic#93003387butterflybee260 on September 18th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)

smart of the company.
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on September 18th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
yea it seems most people are taking it as them. LOL

clearly doesn't seem like they could get sued or anything, b/c you could never prove the likeness was intentional.

they probably wouldn't even pick up on it LOL