There is no reason at all to start firing shots at the Hairspray remake.
Well, there ARE reasons. It will not be as good, it is being filmed on Baltimore sets in Toronto and not in Baltimore, the casting is generally predictable, the musical version is not as musically exciting as the records played in the original, etc, etc.
If you are a John Waters fan and you loved the original film, this version is not really for you. It is for your grandparents. They will adore it. They really will!
Also, the deal for this film does not require any prints or dvds of the original to be destroyed. On the contrary, it will only boost the status of the original. There will probably be a very nice special edition released around the time of the film and John Waters will probably be on television more, which is always nice.
For the record, John Waters was not happy about the film not being shot in Baltimore. And he is probably unhappy that the producers were not able to get Anthony Hopkins to play the Divine role. But he recognizes the entire new franchise for what it is and sees how amusing the whole shebang is.
As he said when the Broadway musical opened: "I am only excited for the High School production rights. In the future, the fat girl and the drag queen will always get a part."
Post by James & The Jaunty Nyasu Vibes on Sept 9, 2006 15:51:12 GMT
I don't really have a problem with this existing, its nowhere near as pointless as most of the recent remakes seeing as its based on the play and all.
But, the thing I liked about the original film, and from what i've seen of the play, is that they look so stylised. Divine in the film, and the various stage Ednas didnt look like real women, and that was the point. So why are they using prostetics on John Travolta?
Its going to end up looking very bland in comparison.
Oh, and does anyone know if the play had the giant exploding trophy wig bit?
I enjoyed this an unexpected amount, even if John Travolta looked and acted like a pre-plastic surgery Cher with a hip problem. What happened to his voice? It was hardly there at all.
It was shiny, happy and, even if it wasn't as subversive as it could or should have been, I'm glad to see it in the cinemas. The part during The Beat Goes On where the front line consisted of a black girl, a fat girl and a trannie was heartwarming.
Oh, and I WANT my very own Seaweed, thank you very much.
It also made me realise what was dorely missing from Dreamgirls: dancing. The dancing's what made the film for me - it gave it pace and drama. Just a shame that a lot of it wasn't particularly well photographed.
Oh, and did anyone else cop the resemblance between Amber and Sarah Harding?
Mel Smith has been cast as Wilbur in the London stage version. Because I was bored and hungover, I started thinking about a dream Lowculture cast for the London version. Here's what I came up with:
Edna - Steve McFadden Tracy - must be an unknown Corny Collins - Phillip Olivier Link - Calvin Goldspink Velma - Zoe Lucker Amber - Sophie Webster off Corrie Motormouth - Brenda Edwards Seaweed - Lemar