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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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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
samwise gamgee.colfer on September 18th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
of course that's what i mean. people in NJ do not speak like those from california, which is exactly what zac sounds like in this trailer. it's distracting.
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on September 18th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
LOL ok, now i get you. idk why but i wasn't sure that's what you meant. when someone says "accent" i immediately think of non-US accents......but that's me LOL
jessica3311: 2010sexyjessica3311 on September 19th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
i would of loved if he used an NJ accent!
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 19th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
i want to see what happens in the movie as a whole with his accent. i distinctly remember him in the wheaties clip saying fall with a bit of an accent. maybe they didn't want it to be too strong, idk. or maybe he just said fall funny and the rest of the movie is plain caliboy, idek, lol. i'm so tired of waiting to find out but soon enough!
samwise gamgee.colfer on September 19th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
yeah, that 'fall' was pretty cringe-worthy, so perhaps it's better that he's not using an accent. i also realized that claire doesn't appear to be using one either, but i can't remember if her character is a NY/NJ native or not.