Nicole Kidman and James Franco Together: My Thoughts

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It was announced the other day that James Franco will join Nicole Kidman this fall in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, about a gigolo's attempt to relaunch his dreams via an aging movie star.

The 1962 movie version starred Paul Newman and Geraldine Page, who offscreen were only two months apart in age (though Page always read older)!

This time, there's more of an appropriate divide -- Franco is 11 years younger than Kidman (though factor in the Botox and they're basically more like six years apart) -- and that's just one reason why this prospect excites me.

For another thing, Nicole definitely has stage chops. I saw her years ago in a play called The Blue Room and was completely amazed at her technique and range (though the press seemed to only care that she was briefly nude).

Tom must have gagged.

I'm not sure if Franco has that kind of power onstage, but he's an intriguing actor, game for anything, and the whole world will surely be watching with tongues out.

Best of all, though Franco is playing a technically straight part for a change, let's not forget that this is a play by Tennessee Williams.

Stagecraft doesn't get much gayer than that!


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Musto
Musto

Sorry, it was a typo. I'm correcting it.

PS: Ava and Elvis would have been genius!!!

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

And I KNOW you know that the movie version with Newman and Page was 1962, not 1952. I'm no kitten on the keys, either.,

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Michael, Nicole Kidman is still too young to play Alexandra Del Lago, The Princess Kosmonopolis, who's supposed to be an authentically aging movie diva a la Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth or Ava Gardner in the 1950s.. Someone at MGM actually proposed Gardner for the role, opposite -- ELVIS! But his manager Col. Tom Parker said "NO!" when he found out the part was a "degenerate" and that Elvis wouldn't get to sing, although he could have reprised "Young and Beautiful" (from MGM's "Jailhouse Rock") to Shirley Knight's Heavenly Finley. Elizabeth Taylor did a TV version of it opposite Mark Harmon and she was the right age, but she couldn't remember those long Tennessee Williams speeches anymore, so screenwriter Gavin Lambert had to break them up into short exchanges. And Harmon has never been able to play anything but wholesome. Chance Wayne -- the tarnished Golden Boy Franco is to play -- is a past-his-prime he-whore, a la Hugh O'Brien in the immortally bad "Love Has Many Faces." Of course, Franco might enjoy the castration scene, having no problem with cutting off appendages for his art.

Movielover
Movielover

"Tom must have gagged." Tom Cruise? He overcame the gag reflex ages ago!

Musto
Musto

Huh? How on earth does a man taking Viagra affect his performance onscreen???

Neve
Neve

I can't think of better casting than James Franco. He and Kidman is a fantastic matchup. But please, can't you give a professional opinion without the snarky comments about Nic (or women in general) and botox? I never hear a mention about male stars and their overuse of viagra.

MarkS
MarkS

I'm not wild about the prospect of either of them, regardless of their "chops".

Delroy
Delroy

Isn't he kind of short and scrawny? She'll tower over him, the way she does over all her husbands.

Pickuptrucker
Pickuptrucker

Can't wait...there should be sparks, and Franco's delish!

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