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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

That One Time, When Lee Daniels Made Nicole Kidman a Swampy Seductress and Zac Efron a Man

I'm sure this is going for the dramatic, and not the funny. But I can't stop LOL'ing.

The trailer for The Paperboy, critically panned ridiculed at its debut at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, has finally reared its unnatural head at which the rest of us can poke fun.

Director Lee Daniels, known for his heavy handednes yet unforgettable projects like Precious and Shadowboxer (the latter of which is like nails on a chalk board), helms a hilariously schizophrenic cast featuring Matthew McConnaughey, Zac Efron, Macy Gray, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, Scott Glenn, Daniel Oyelowo in an absurdly interesting drama detailed after the jump:

The story of a young man who returns to his small Florida home town to help his reporter brother uncover the truth about a man on death row, who might have been wrongly convicted. In the process, he falls for the convict’s lover. Conflict, danger, deceit, seduction and betrayal ensue.

Efron (you know, from High School Musical) plays this "young man," and McConnaughey plays his older reporter brother. And, wait for it, Kidman plays the woman betrothed to this convict (randomly played by Cusack).

I don't know when was the last time Kidman could play a trashy southern seductress, but I don't believe it was recently. At least, however, her face looks a little less cemented than usual in this clip. In other words, we're getting some emotion here. But she makes Efron look escapee from High School Musical. He just seems lost.

As does John Cusack, who looks like he auditioning for a role in a good film, but stumbled onto this set instead. Too bad, he is really is a good actor, usually.

But, on the upside of things, McConaughey is back in the type of role we can all respect him in (other than his pants-dropping and shirt-shedding fare in films like Magic Mike) as the role of the gumshoe reporter.

It's really hard to get past what what this trailer looks like, but the premise is actually quite intriguing. Given, perhaps, a more enticing cast and a less swampy, it might have been more appealing (more John Grisham-like). But we never really will know until we sit down to watch it ourselves.

Oh, and word on the street is Kidman urinates on Efron in the there's something that may tickle you're fancy (or not).

The Paperboy is set to release in theaters October 5th.


37paddington said...

Best. Post. Title. Ever.

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