Wednesday, March 26, 2008

When bad things happen to beautiful women ...

Well, I suppose the second entry in this post can't really be called a bad thing, but there's no doubt in my mind that Julie Benz agreeing to be nearly tortured to death for our "enjoyment" can only be an evolutionary step backward.

I'm not gonna rail anymore about "torture porn," "torture chic" or whatever you might want to call it, but it still amazes me when people I enjoy watching in movies or on TV agree to take part in this crap.

But I guess I should get to the news of the day before I rant any further. Julie Benz, a k a Darla of "Buffy" and even more so "Angel" fame, has indeed signed on to topline "Saw V," due out in October (if you had put a gun to my head I probably wouldn't have been able to guess that there have already been four other "Saw" movies. Sheesh.)

Now, it's too early yet to tell if she'll be a victim or otherwise, but I still can't imagine what would drive her to agree to this. I don't think it can be money. She appeared in "Rambo" last year and is one of the principal stars of Showtime and Now CBS' "Dexter," and is also set to star in the upcoming flick "Punisher: The War Zone."

With the exception of Alyson Hannigan's (hopefully continuing for quite a while) run on "How I Met Your Mother" and David Boreanaz's run on "Bones," it's been a pretty bleak career landscape for almost all the stars of "Buffy," but this is indeed a new low.

Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush?

Like I said at the outset, you could hardly call this a bad thing career wise, but does any woman really want to hear they look like Laura Bush?

Banks, who recently wrapped shooting Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," is about to sign on to play Laura Bush in "W," Oliver Stone's biopic on the life and presidency of, well, W. Josh Brolin already is on board to play Bush in the biopic, which begins shooting in late April in Shreveport, La.

To be serious for a second, I really like Elizabeth Banks, and not just because she lands squarely on the hot side of the scale, so I hope this turns out to be great. She's a very funny lady, and for evidence of that you can turn to the very-little-seen "Slither," in which she co-starred with "Firefly" vet Nathan Fillion.

And besides, it could certainly be worse ... at least they didn't ask her to play Barbara. Peace out.


jeremy said...

Personally, I like Elizabeth Banks in Wet, Hot, American Summer--but I like just about everything about that film. When I think of her in it, all I can think of is BBQ sauce.

Saw 'Snow Angels' last night--not the best way to start your day--but a well-acted and well-written film (even if the direction is a bit unsteady). Kate Beckinsale was pretty much amazing. She hasn't been this good since the wonderfully frothy 'Shooting Fish'. (And put those two films together and you see that the pretty lady does have quite the range).

Reel Fanatic said...

I can't really think of anything I've particularly liked Kate Beckinsale in, Jeremy, though I haven't seen "Shooting Fish" or "Snow Angels" .. On you recommendation, though, I'll definitely check them both out when I can

Chalupa said...

Did you guys not like Underworld? I am talking about the first movie, not the sequel. I thought she did well in that.

jeremy said...

I don't think of Underworld as an "actor's vehicle" but I thought it was fun--and hey, Scott Speedman w/o his shirt!
But I thought she was great in Cold Comfort Farm, Shooting Fish, and Last Days of Disco.

And RF, I think you're going to quite enjoy "Shooting Fish"--can't wait to hear your take on it.

Reel Fanatic said...

You're both right to call me out on the first Underworld, which was indeed tons of fun

Mercurie said...

With the exceptions you listed, it seems like the casts of Buffy and Angel just haven't had much in the way of great careers of late.But didn't James Marsters do both Smallville and Without a Trace? Or am I mistaken?

Reel Fanatic said...

You're right at that, Mercurie .. he also, believe it or not, apparently had a small part in the movie "P.S. I Love You" .. Spike was easily one of my favorite characters, so I certainly wish he would get to work more often

Nell Minow said...

Elizabeth Banks is terrific. She can do comedy and drama. If you have not seen her performances in "40 Year Old Virgin," "The Baxter," and "Heights," please put them on your Netflix queue!

Reel Fanatic said...

Of those three, Nell, I've only seen "40-year-old Virgin," so I am indeed adding the other to my queue now .. thanks for the recommendations!

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