As much as I like Amy it''s hard to see her in this role but who knows. There is a physical resemblance.
Bull shit. If this is true, it''ll be her "Mommie Dearest".
I remember when they were going to make this movie with Renee Zellweger.\
I just don''t see Amy in the part though. She''s, I don''t know, too nice, too innocent and her speaking voice is way too high. She''s just not raw enough.
I don''t think that''s credible casting even if it were just for an SNL skit.
Did you see The Fighter, R3?\
Oh, and she''s AN ACTRESS. Their job is to become someone else.\
Thank god you people don''t run a studio, it would be in crisis mode within a week.
Calm down R5. Yes she''s an ACTRESS, but not every actress is suited to every role and I don''t think Adams is suited to be Janis.
She''s too pretty to play Janis.
been there, done that
At 35, Adams is too old to play Joplin, who died at 27.
I love Amy Adams, but they should get that girl who came in second on American Idol last year (can''t think of her name) to play Janis Joplin.
[quote]I remember when they were going to make this movie with Renee Zellweger.%0D\
I remember when they were doing it with Lily Taylor. They were also doing one with Melissa Etheridge at the same time. Both failed.
I hope they include Janis Jopler''s iconic "another little piece of my lung".
Crystal Bowersox, R10, vanilla white trash? eh, no\
Have you seen any pictures of her toward the end, R9? She looked ten years older than she was.\
I can''t see Adams having the spirit to pull it off. She''s too meh.\
Regardless of the actor''s skill here, I think whomever is cast will need a strong personality.\
I wish Adele was older; she has the voice.
And then they were going to make it with Pink, etc, etc.\
What exactly makes Hollywood think the average under-25 year old moviegoer has any interest in a movie about this woman? I know this will outrage the Boomers, but no one that age has any idea who this woman is.
LOVED her in Enchanted!%0D\
One of the best scenes at link.
I''ve read a couple of bios over the years, & I find the story fascinating. If the script is any good, the recognition factor won''t matter.\
I think anyone (especially gays) could relate to being a free spirit stuck in a Texas hick town. \
She was also a strong, talented woman who didn''t fit the folk singer profile (Baez, Mitchell) of most other singers.\
She also had a complicated personality behind the scenes.
There has been talk about this bio since forever.I''ll believe it when I actually see it.R9,Amy Adams might be 36 but she''s a young looking 36 and God knows Janis was a rough looking 27 so I don''t think Adams age poses a problem here.
This so ironic--for once Renee Zellweger would have looked the part better than a pretty actress.
She is looks damn good for 36. But she is a bland actress just taking advantage of her moment.
I love Adams, but she''s just too damn pretty for the role. Joplin''s homeliness shaped her life experience and the choices she made. A pretty Joplin would have been a completely different person! %0D\
Adams''s only hope is to do what Charlize Theron did in "Monster", and become genuinely unattractive. But wouldn''t it be simpler to just hire a plainer actress?%0D\
R20 must be Amy Adams.
Amy Adams is pretty. Pretty rather than beautiful, but definitely pretty.
Sorry Amy. The Oscar is already taken. At least Bette Midler looked the part.
Meryl ''Iron Lafy'' Streep
"At 35, Adams is too old to play Joplin, who died at 27."\
Janis was hard living, she drank like a fish and had a heroin problem, she looked 47 when she died.\
"She was also a strong, talented woman who didn''t fit the folk singer profile (Baez, Mitchell) of most other singers."\
Janis was NEVER in the folk singer category, she was basically a white blues singer who was backed by a rock band. Janis cited one of her influences as being Bessie Smith, a black blues singer.
There actually is an actress who looks a lot like Joplin, her name escapes me. She hasn''t acted in years and is hardly well known, well not to today''s young audiences.\
She always played a down on her luck character. She might have even starred in early Lifetime movies.\
Ironically, she has become a singer. It''s really driving me crazy that I can''t remember her name. She had the same beady eyes as Janis and a similar nose. I''d always comment to friends that she''d be perfect to play Janis Joplin.
If Charlize, one of the great screen beauties, can play Monster on a low budget, the less pretty Adams on a big budget for makeup can certainly ugly up to play Janice.
And I think if she does it well it will be her Oscar win. She''s approaching Glenn/Moore territory with no wins and numerous nominations.
Without the talent of either Glenn or Julianne.
This movie will never, ever get made. At least not for the big screen. Maybe it has a place on cable. \
BTW, whatever happened to the Dusty Springfield biopic for TV? A few years back there was a lot of talk about it: it was in pre-production with Kristen Chenoweth (!) playing Dusty. Then... nothing.
That was the point, I think R25. She was unique in the industry.
Yes, Janis was unique. \
She was so unique with her screeching blues style that even Robert Plant co-opted her singing style while he was in Led Zeppelin. Zeppelin basically ripped off so many musicians, from black American blues to British folkies! I don''t think Jimmy Page had one original idea in his head.
Zellwegger as Joplin? No way. As Gilbert Godfried, maybe, but not Joplin.
What about a Cass Elliott biopic?
[quote]What about a Cass Elliott biopic?\
If she doesn''t want it, I''m available during Glee''s hiatus.
Janis was voted the ugliest man on campus in college which was soul-crushing. They would have to seriously ugly up Adams and butch her up. Adams seems too feminine for the role.
Claire Danes could possibly handle it. Maybe Michelle Williams too.
Claire Danes isn''t a bad idea, actually its a great idea, but at this point she can''t get a movie financed. Maybe another HBO project?\
That said, the Academy clearly wants Adams to win at some point - they keep nominating her. She could get an indie movie financed and it would be the obvious chance to show she''s Meryl-level and not just another Glenn.
The actress I was thinking about, who resembles Janis, is Mare Winningham.
How about an all black version starring bull-dyke Latiffa? It could be a hip-hop salute to hippiedom.
R26, do you mean Juliette Lewis? The "beady-eyed" (your words) actress who now has a band?
Look at R26/40 - the dedicated, unstoppable Mare Winningham troll.%0D\
I don''t think Mare looks like her. Or Amy Adams, who is too cutesy. If they cared, they would have gone with some unknown.
I think the Crystal Bowersox suggestion is not a bad idea.
[quote]the dedicated, unstoppable Mare Winningham troll.\
One of the most loathsome trolls on DL!
Nobody really looks like her which isn''t shocking. Are they going to give Adams fake acne scars?
Anyone who thinks there''s a resemblance between Amy Adams and Janis Joplin should get their eyes checked.
[quote]I can''t see Adams having the spirit to pull it off. She''s too meh.\
Exactly R13. Putting sunglasses on her face and some lovebeads around her neck isn''t going to turn Amy Adams into Janis Joplin.
What audience is going to empathise with Amy Adams claiming to be "different"? In what upside down world is Amy Adams ever going to be considered ugly? Have any of you people ever heard Janis Joplin laugh?\
I''d rather see Emily Blunt do it. If I had to.
Well she can always sport a fake nose. It won me an Oscar.
R7 And Charlize Theron was way too beautiful to be Aileen Worthos too, but she sold it. It is called professional makeup. Amy Adams is a multi-talented actress not another Jennifer Aniston.
Clea DuVall could play Janis, but I think she''s 34.
[quote]I''d rather see Emily Blunt do it. If I had to.\
Blunt can''t act her way out of a wet paper bag!\
[quote]Amy Adams is a multi-talented actress\
Amy Adams sounds like a mouse when she talks. She''s no Janis with that high pitched squeak.
Mila Kunis could do it. She has the tomboy, raspy-voiced thing going on.
Have they ever dubbed the vocal recordings of an actress?
Can we have a Claire Danes blackout for the next two years? With all those awards she kept getting for that "Temple Grandin" movie, I''m tired of seeing her.
No, an Amy Adams blackout.%0D\
Britney Spears should play Janis. I know its not 2007, but still...
As talented as Clea is, I don''t think she has the right energy to play Janis. There is almost a meekness about Clea.
[quote]Have they ever dubbed the vocal recordings of an actress?%0D\
Yes, especially when she is playing an iconic singer%0D\
Angela Bassett, as opposed to Jamie Foxx
Amy Adams would be an excellent Joplin.
Send me a script, I''ll clear some room in my schedule!
James Franco, DL Icon
"Janis was voted the ugliest man on campus in college which was soul-crushing."\
She actually wasn''t ugly. I''m sure a lot of ugly men voted on how "ugly" Janis supposedly was.
[quote]And I think if she does it well it will be her Oscar win. She''s approaching Glenn/Moore territory with no wins and numerous nominations.%0D\
Not to mention that the Academy LOVES rewarding actors who play somebody famous.
Jamie Foxx, Cate Blanchett, etc., etc.
Not as fun as Carrie Fisher, but hey, I can sing...
If this happens, who will play Jim Morrison, Grace Slick,Jimi Hendrix, Country Joe ,Dick Cavett?
[quote]She''s approaching Glenn/Moore territory with no wins and numerous nominations.%0D\
Again, how sorry we feel for people limiting their outlook to only the immediate history they lived, whether in their lives or through Datalounge.%0D\
Glenn/Moore (5 and 4 noms respectively) is merely that, a territory. We own the damn republic.
Peter O''Toole 7 , Richard Burton 7, Deborah Kerr 6
Despite her looks Janet attracted some pretty boys in her time, on the strength of her fame/charisma and star power. She was like a man that way. She also had at least one beautiful song written about her in Leonard Cohen''s "Chelsea Hotel # 2."
And that''s a territory they share with a few others, like Benning and Ritter
Spokesman for the above and only living member, Peter O''Toole
The film is about "one day in the life". Any Joplin fans have an idea which day in her life would be important enough to focus an entire movie on? My guess is that it wont be the day she died.
I thought it was supposed to be her last day but full of flashbacks as she''s dying.
There has been talk about a movie about Janis Joplin for decades. The closest thing to a Janis Joplin movie that ever got made was the execrable "The Rose." The semitic-looking, orange-haired, Broadway-voiced Bette Midler as Janis Joplin? How dumb is that?%0D
Here are some people who have been said over to years to be slated to play Janis in a movie:%0D
Reese Witherspoon (yes, really)%0D
And now it's Amy Adams. Yes, the slim, squeaky-voiced, porcelain-skinned, pretty Amy Adams would be the perfect choise to play the hefty, raw-voiced, acne-scarred, plain Janis Joplin.%0D
I don't think any actress could do justice to Janis Joplin. She was a very complicated character, despite her image of being a good-time Mama who just wanted to get drunk, stoned and laid. She was very intelligent and well-read. She wanted to get married to a good man and have a baby. But she nurtured her image because she thought that's why people liked her. Despite her bravado, she was depressed and lonely and had zero self-esteem. Not many actresses would be able to portray somebody like her and make it seem real.
What''s funny about Adams is that I though Hathaway upstaged her in those Oscar skits. You know when they were showing clips of the nominated movies and she and Franco were acting along with the original actors. \
I thought Anne made a much more convincing blue collar chick than Adams. They should have hired Hathaway for that part.
I think Lili Taylor would be perfect.
r81, Lili Taylor is almost 50 years old at this point. Janis died at 27.
Lily Taylor cannot act her way out of a wet paper bag and would be absolutely terrible in a movie like this! Despite her indie cred she is/was mostly a horrible actress. The only movie I liked her in was Mystic Pizza.
Yes, but Janis looked like shit at 27. Lili was born in 1967. %0D\
I have no idea what Lili looks like now but if she''s relatively well preserved she''d be the only actress I could think of who has a passing resemblance to Janis and the husky voice needed for the role. It''s certainly no weirder a choice than Amy Adams.%0D\
Otherwise I can''t think of a popular actress out there who could do it justice. They''d be better off going with an unknown.
R82 she just turned 44.
If they uglied up Jennifer Lawrence, she might be an OK choice.
My dad grew up in Port Arthur and went to the same high school she want to - Thomas Jefferson. I can tell you everything horrible you''ve heard about the town she grew up in is true and then some. It''s dirty because of the refineries, which dot the landscape heading in, economically depressed, etc. I wouldn''t wish it on anyone.
Straight Girl Troll
A friend and I wound up there on a roadtrip. Mostly because of Janis curiosity but also because it looked coastal on the map so we assumed there''d at least be a nice waterfront. As we came up over the bridge full of expectations we were met with a skyline of smoke stacks. The only remotely waterfront like place we found smelled awful and was covered in pigeon shit, just absolutely caked.
My mother is from nearby Beaumont. She and her six siblings all left. One great aunt remained in Port Arthur, so we''d drive out to visit occasionally. I can verify that Port Arthur is not a garden spot.\
P.S. Robert Rauschenberg also came from Port Arthur.\
P.P.S. The great aunt we were visiting was named poet laureate of Texas.
My mom is from Beaumont. There''s another city in the area called Orange and it''s known as the "Golden Triangle," which I laugh at every time I think about it because there''s nothing golden about it. According to Wikipedia it''s because of all the wealth that came in after they discovered oil there.
Straight Girl Troll
Jennifer Lawrence would actually be a really interesting choice to play Joplin.
"At 35, Adams is too old to play Joplin, who died at 27."%0D\
And looked at least 50.
They should just audition 20,000 unknown girls and young women. An unknown actress will make potential audiences more curious. It was like that when Sam Riley was picked to play Ian Curtis of Joy Division in Anton Corbijn''s "Control."
While I agree young actress with incredible voices are VERY hard to find but we DO exist; just look a little harder.
Yes but R73, at least Glenn Close is still alive.
The 20-minute Janis Joplin segment in the 2003 documentary "Festival Express" obviates the need for any bipic.
Amy looks like a prettier Tonya Hardig. Playing Tonya would win her the Oscar.
A movie about Janis Joplin has been talked about for DECADES. The as yet to have been made movie has had lots of people pegged for the lead role, all of them ridiculous: Courtney Love, Melissa Ethridge, Pink, Renee Zellweger, Lili Taylor, and now Amy Adams.
If a movie does get made, it's probably going to suck big time.
The role of Janis Joplin has gone to Nina Arianda so you can all stop weighing in on who should play her.
Well Zoe Saldana is playing Nina Simone (who was a brick), so the Hollywood casting machine is par for the course.
NPR had a piece on the Janis play, "One Night with Janis Joplin", and the woman playing her should be cast. Listen to the story (9 minutes)- she channels the woman (and is unremarkably plain).
Anything that erases the memory of Midler's scenery chewing will be just fine with me . . .
Had to bump this, so a Waspy looking blond with an Italian/Spanish sounding last name, Nina Arianda Matijcio, is going to play a hard living, rough looking woman from a working class area of Texas, oh joy! More horrible casting. As others have stated here, why not look for an unknown with talent?
btw, I am NOT the Mare Winningham troll. For MANY years I had always thought Mare, when she was younger, resembled Janis.
If the accuser here had read my original post in this thread, I couldn't even remember her fucking name, so how could I be "The Mare Winningham Troll"? Some of you here really need to get a freaking life.
The posters who keep calling others "trolls" need to STFU, especially as most of the people posting in this thread weren't even born when Janis died, let alone when she was at the height of her fame. It was an era of fantastic rock music most here will never truly know about, let alone had experienced!
After "Cabaret" some weirdo really wanted to do a Joplin bio starring Liza. Yoko Ono would have been a better choice.