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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

omg: Josh Brolin did not say that about ‘Jonah Hex’… did he?

I’m not sure I understand Josh Brolin’s thinking here, but c’mon, this is how people end up working as nightwatch security at the local Vampire’s Choice Blood Bank franchise, right?

The shoot was purportedly plagued with problems, not the least of which was star Josh Brolin telling MTV: “When I first read it I thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s awful.’ And then I had a moment a week later and I thought … maybe the thing to do is to do the most awful movie I can find.”

Brolin is talking about Jonah Hex, of course (quoted at journalgazette.net). And if he needs to perhaps start making better decisions, he can perhaps be comforted by the fact that his stink-o-meter is pretty good: the movie is terrible, and audiences stayed away by the millions. It earned only $5.4 million this past weekend, one of the worst openings ever for a wide release.

Or perhaps Brolin has some grand plan for his career that we cannot begin to contemplate.

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  • Nate

    I guess he assumes being in the Coen brothers’ next movie gives him some job security.

  • JoshDM

    Yet another movie doing a disservice to the source material.

  • hdj

    he shoulda listened to his first reaction , friggen Wild Wild West 2

  • Drave

    This explains SO MUCH!

    Seriously, I’ve been thinking about it the whole way home. How did they get Josh Brolin?! It couldn’t be with the script or the director. My theory was that Brolin was either drunk or just bored when he signed on. Looks like it was the latter!

  • Kathryn

    Two words – tax bill.

  • deering

    Poor guy. What’s worse–having to pick proof-of-bankability and having no skill for it…or having too good a skill for finding successful junk?

  • There’s a trope entry for this: Money Dear Boy.


    Someone else also wrote about Nicholas Cage is that he bounces around film projects that are either incredibly good (Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation) or incredibly bad (Vampire’s Kiss, Ghost Rider), as though Cage is attempting to prove some hideous hypothesis. That might have been what Brolin was thinking, do a good movie then a bad movie and see what the experiences are like.

  • JoshDM


    Man, coming from having zero interest to “that sounds terrible; Seth Rogen as Green Hornet? Really?” the trailer has turned it into a movie that I think I actually want to see. Plus it has Harold as a pretty darn good Kato!

  • Josh Brolin taking this part makes me nervous, very nervous. I get that serious actors need a break now and again, but a movie with Megan Fox? Really?

    He seems to be using the save logic David Caruso used when he left “N.Y.P.D. Blue” to work on his “movie career.”

  • JoshDM

    Regarding Jonah Hex the movie vs. the comic, this article is very insightful and worth reading.

  • JoshDM

    And from an even comic book geekier perspective, yet just as rational, there is this excellent article, which is where I found the prior article link.

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