Earlier in the week I caught up with My Week with Marilyn, which had Michelle Williams (in an Oscar-nominated, amazing performance) playing the one and only Marilyn Monroe and endure a week with Eddie Redmayne's boring Colin Clark. While the film was a perfectly serviceable look into the difficult shoot of The Prince and the Showgirl, directed by Laurence Olivier (a great Kenneth Branagh), it wasn't as interesting as it could have been. In fact, I spent the whole time wishing that I was watching biopics of other people. By the end of My Week with Marilyn, this is the list I came up with:
This is a pretty obvious choice on my part. It's just that after reading four different biographies on her and then writing my own, I know how interesting her story is. While it would be a little bit exhausting to see her entire life play out on screen, it would be quite heart-breaking to see her descent into mental illness. Basically, anything around the time when she was filming Caesar and Cleopatra and what happened after that. Or, if we were wanting to go on a Blue Valentine route, we could chart the relationship between she and Laurence Olivier and how that dissipated over the year. Or maybe down a bit of a less-intense version of We Need to Talk About Kevin showing the slight disconnect between her and her daughter Suzanne. Or maybe just down the traditional road of making a movie about the making of Gone with the Wind. It has been done in a TV movie, but I feel like that story could be a whole lot more. With Vivien, there's a whole range of opportunities for stellar movies, which was one of the reasons why I didn't totally feel My Week with Marilyn: her character was treated poorly. Mind you, I suspect the problem with a biopic on Vivien is the fact that absolutely no-one could play her. She really was one in a million.
Lars von Trier
Yeah, von Trier annoys the hell out of me, but I've got to admit, it might be interesting to get inside his brain. I don't even know where we'd begin. The trouble with his father? His depression? His fear of flying? Or what happened at last year's Cannes film festival? In fact, that would be pretty interesting. I can just see it: My Day with Lars von Trier, told from the point of view of Kirsten Dunst. Or something to that effect. Knowing Lars, though, I can see him making his own biopic during the next decade.
There's a multitude of classic stars that would make interesting biopics - Jean Seberg, Jean Harlow, Lana Turner, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, etc - but I'd most like to see one on Katharine Hepburn. And no, I wouldn't like to have it focused on her life as a movie star. A while back, I read a biography on her, and I found myself taken with her story when she was younger. Just the way her family was, and particularly the events around her brother's suicide, was particularly interesting to me. And I think it could make a stellar movie. Also, the relationship between she and Spencer Tracy could make for an interesting film if it was done right.
It is only a matter of time before his life is put into production. And why shouldn't it be? Roman Polanski has brought new meaning to living his life to the full - more has happened to him in his life than what has happened to a group of ten average people. Which may make for some interesting cinema. However, I'm perfectly happy with Roman making kick-ass films like The Pianist and The Ghost Writer. Still, he deserves more than to be obviously an influence on one of Nicki Minaj's alter egos, Roman Zolanski. Who I'm told is not in any way related to Roman Polanski. Which is probably true, because Polanski actually has talent.
Okay, so I'm half-heartedly joking with this one. But I could totally see My Week with Tom Hiddleston. How insane would that be? If you've seen the Loki'd video, or any interview or anything that he's done, you'll know that this guy is pretty awesome. A week with him would be double awesome. Mind you, a week with any one of The Avengers cast would be awesome. Particularly Robert Downey Jr. But I think we've already had his biopic - Iron Man.
What about you? What are some movie-themed biopics that you'd like to see?