trailer break: ‘Me and Orson Welles’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

I can’t help it: the title Me and Orson Welles makes me think of that scene in Ed Wood when Johnny Depp’s Wood corners Vincent D’Onofrio’s Welles and they talk about movies.

Wow: Richard Linklater made a movie with Zac Efron. I would have thought that if Slacker met High School Musical, teen cinema would collapse into a black hole, or something equally bad and unlikely would happen…

Me and Orson Welles opens in the U.S. on November 25, and in the U.K. on December 4.

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Vinnie Vidi Vici
Thu, Nov 19, 2009 12:17pm

I’d invite everyone to click on the link below and watch Vincent D’Onofrio’s short, “Five Minutes, Mr. Welles” to see how portraying Orson Welles should be done.

Thu, Nov 19, 2009 1:22pm

I am NOT seeing that. I have too many crisp, clear memories of watching movies that Orson Welles was in over and over again. I really think that the only person who could play Welles is Welles. He was such a showman. He was also damn well better looking than the actor playing him there.

Vinnie Vidi Vici
Thu, Nov 19, 2009 1:48pm

So, you can’t even be open-minded enough to watch a short film from an actor who has just as much respect for Orson Welles as you do? You’re right, no one can play Welles like Welles himself, but, I was careful to use the word “portray” and not imply that Vincent could “replace” Welles, although he comes pretty damn close. If you would watch the clip maybe your opinion would be different, and by the way, Vincent D’Onofrio is a handsome man and is the closest to looking like Welles of any actor I’ve seen that has portrayed him.

Thu, Nov 19, 2009 1:55pm

@ Vinnie Vidi Vici … Very sorry. That wasn’t in answer to your post, it was about the trailer.

When I have a spare half hour, I will watch the Vincent D’Onofrio film. He’s a great actor.

Looking at the trailer, there is NO way I am seeing the movie that is the subject of this thread.

Vinnie Vidi Vici
Thu, Nov 19, 2009 2:05pm

I wasn’t sure, my bad! I am hoping you will like it and look forward to hearing your comments about it!

Thu, Nov 19, 2009 3:03pm

LaSargenta — i remember when i was about 12 or so, and seeing Orson Welles in “Jane Eyre” and there’s the scene in the tower where he’s speaking to her about friendship and i thought i would just *melt* his eyes were so intense and he was so… powerful. yum.

Thu, Nov 19, 2009 3:23pm

@bronxbee… for me the scene was in Citizen Kane where he said “You’re right, I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars *next* year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I’ll have to close this place in… 60 years.” And that smirk on his face…

I decided that if I got a gold mine, THAT’s what I would be like (without the treating everyone else so badly!)

Vinnie Vidi Vici
Thu, Nov 19, 2009 3:49pm

It’s funny you would quote those particular lines from “Citizen Kane”, when he was filming “The Third Man” he accepted a straight salary instead of a percentage for which he was very regretful. “The Third Man” went on to be successful at the box office and had he taken a percentage would’ve made him a wealthier man.

Thu, Nov 19, 2009 10:29pm

I saw this trailer in a theater where I was literally the only person there who recognized Zac Efron – because I’m 20 and no one else in the whole theater was under 60. I kept bracing myself for the fangirl squealing, and it didn’t come. Amazing.

Ken Patterson
Thu, Nov 19, 2009 11:05pm

I sooo want to see this, if nothing else for the incorporation of Welles’ “Caesar”…

And I second the recommendation of “Five Minutes…” I saw it at Cinequest a couple years (or so) ago and it was fantastic.

Fri, Nov 20, 2009 12:40pm

I haven’t seen it, but according to IMDB Burton was unhappy with D’Onofrio in Ed Wood and had his voice dubbed by someone else. Makes me upset for D’Onofrio, who I love as an actor.

Vinnie Vidi Vici
Fri, Nov 20, 2009 2:31pm

You’re right, Pollas, Vincent was very unhappy with his performance in “Ed Wood” explaining that Burton hired him too late giving him only 3 weeks to prepare for the role. “Five Minutes, Mr. Welles” is Vincent’s own desire to redeem himself from that performance. Take the time to watch it, it is remarkable.