Bill Hicks – The Movie That Never Should Be
I originally intended to do a riff on writing in this post, something along the lines of how writing prose is a balancing act between description and character, between dialogue and evocation, between pace and meditation. Then I thought I`d do something about the vile iniquity of the governments of the UK and the USA, focussing on Blair/Brown and that ghastly crew, hands still drenched in the blood of innocent Iraqis as they wag their self-righteous fingers over the horror of Baby P…. but going into that maelstrom of malignity would occupy all my energies for the rest of the day and boy, have I got work to do.
Then I heard about the Bill Hicks movie.
Seems rumours have been percolating about a movie of Hicks’ life with Russell Crowe in the part….and my hate for Hollywood surged anew. After all, there is nothing that these heartless, dead-eyed schlockmeisters couldn`t degrade and debase, and the notion of them turning Bill Hicks into a movie caricature…verily my stomach doth become buoyant. Apparently, though, it appears that a script is in development at a production company owned by Russell Crowe, for what its worth.
However, we should also keep in mind Hollywood’s marvellous ability to sideline quality, so mebbe a film about Hicks will overstep the quality tolerance levels of those production and finance mavens. You know how it goes; ‘Hmm, quality on this Hicks proposal exceeds our monthly quotient. Any way you could scale it back a little? Why not get Adam Sandler for the part?’
I mean, how could a movie made in Hollywood about a radical like Hicks NOT suck? As the man himself might say – ‘Hi, I’m Bill Hicks and I’m dead now. So keep yer f*&*%in’ hands off my life!’
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