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Tom Hanks to play Professor Robert Langdon

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by RatPacker, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. RatPacker

    RatPacker Active Member

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    I remember a earlier thread about this.

    Hanks Cracks 'Da Vinci' Cast
    By Gregg Kilday

    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Tom Hanks (news) is expected to step into the scholarly shoes of Robert Langdon, the professor who unravels the mystery of the Holy Grail in the film version of Dan Brown's phenomenally successful novel "The Da Vinci Code."

    Hanks has emerged as director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer's top choice for the lead role in the film, which Columbia Pictures hopes to begin shooting next year. And talks have begun for the actor to join the project.


    "Tom is an exciting actor to watch thinking," Howard was quoted as saying in the latest issue of Newsweek. "We probably don't need his status from a box office standpoint, but he gives Langdon instant legitimacy."


    Hanks, who currently can be seen onscreen in animated form in Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Polar Express," previously worked with Howard in 1995's "Apollo 13" and 1984's "Splash."


    Howard is currently completing work on "The Cinderella Man," a boxing drama starring Russell Crowe (news), which Universal Pictures will release in the summer.


    Akiva Goldsman, who wrote the screenplay for Howard's "A Beautiful Mind," is working on the screen adaptation of Brown's Doubleday novel, which has spent 86 weeks on the New York Times' hardcover fiction best-seller list.


    Reuters/Hollywood
     
  2. Tokyo Slim

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    To both the book, proposed movie and Hanks being involved in my case.
     
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    j Senior member Admin

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    Could we just have a no-Tom-Hanks rule, in the world, from now on?
     
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    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Why all the hate for Tom? I think he's a pretty good actor, The Terminal nonwithstanding.

    I personally liked the Da Vinci code, even though it's certainly not the best book of its genre or the best book by Brown.
     
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    Or remotely factually correct despite what he proclaims in the beginning of the novel. I shudder to think how many people believe his version "history" of Christianity to be accurate. He couldn't even get basic facts correct.
     
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    Davinci Code was an mildly interesting book ruined by hack writing. I thought Hanks was phenomenal in Road to Perdition, but otherwise, I can't say I'm a big fan.

    koji
     
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    I like tom hanks in road to perdition, thought it was one of the better movies of its year.

    da vinci code doesn't get me worked up, but I find it amazing how many people get into that kind of book. there are several books on the market that give pretty good accounts of the theories and stories that are discussed in the book. what puzzles me is how so many inteligent people have gone nuts over the concept.
     
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    I think the Da Vinci Code is a pretty good book, and I read it when it first came out, before it got overly popular. I think bashing the Da Vinci Code is the sartorial equiavalent of bashing Hugo Boss or Armani Collezioni, it's not the greatest quality, but most people think it's great.
     
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    I am not a fan of Tom Hanks.

    If you were to cast the part, who whould you chose?

    I would suggest Chris Cooper.
     
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    I think Hanks is a good choice... although he's a bit old, how about Harrison Ford? Brown did refer to Langdon as "Harrison Ford in Harris Tweed"
     
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    Road to Perdition is one of my all time favorite movies.

    koji
     
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    What is wrong with you people? Tom Hanks one of the greatest of actors of our generation. I sure Tom Cruise or Hugh Grant would do a better job?[​IMG]?? You don't have to be a fan but you have to admit he is a great actor. As for the book, it is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It was well put together with out any down spots.
     
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    Umberto Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum" is much better.
     
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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Seconded.

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    I really don't think of Tom Hanks as a "great actor" He's moderately versatile given good direction, and yet I find him extremely bland and his choice of roles falls somewhere inbetween Johnny Depp 'quirky yet endearing' and Shaquille O'neal's 'I can't act and yet I keep on trying' . I haven't enjoyed any of his movies since... oh... The Burbs, Batchelor Party, Splash, and Big.... and I believe I was about ten. And as far as the Dan Brown books go, I liked Angels And Demons better.
     
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    My favorite book by Brown is deception point.
     
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    I can't speak for other people but my bashing is the result of its complete distortion of early Christian history. He proclaims in the beginning of the novel that every ritual, history and group that he describes is completely true when in fact he commits several dozen errors of facts -- presuming he was actually trying to be factual.

    It didn't help that it was purely written.
     
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    I liked his writing style personally, it moved along at a fairly good pace without being formulaic like some other authors of that genre. What distortions are you discussing? With the lack of factual data from that time period, I imagine many different things can be substantiated.
     
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    ummm. Amen to that. Although Perez' books are better written, I enjoyed this one. Try "The Club Dumas" (inspired "The 9th Gate" with Johnny Depp.) I find Eco a bit taxing -- all that lifting of the dictionary for clarification every other paragraph. [​IMG]
     

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