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A word of warning. I'm going to geek out here today.

A while ago, I caught wind that they were making a Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy movie. This prompted me to re-read the books so that I could enjoy the story once more before it was visually tainted by Hollywood. However, the more I read about this production, the more I think it might actually be pretty good! I've seen small bits of the set and it looks pretty cool. Then there's the issue of casting. All the characters are so great that one bad casting decision could ruin the whole thing. So far, I'm pretty happy with who they've chosen. Especially the choice of Martin Freeman (Tim from The Office) as Arthur Dent. He already displayed his “everyman” qualities in The Office and did so very well. Put him in a bathrobe and he already IS Arthur Dent. I'm also very excited about Sam Rockwell as Zaphod. I was extremely impressed at his charisma in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (and Stella! :P) and I think he could pull off Zaphod pretty well. Of course, there is the question of how they are going to give him 2 heads without it looking ridiculous. Well, as horrid as Men In Black 2 was, I remember being fairly impressed with the realism of Johnny Knoxville's second head. So it might work out just fine. Then there's the question of Mos Def as Ford Prefect. I don't doubt Mos Def's acting ability. My only concern with this decision is that it is unclear whether or not they are going to make him do an English accent. If they don't, the whole joke about Ford pretending to be from Guilford will be lost. If they DO and it's terrible, the whole character will be lost. I have yet to hear a decision on the accent.

The script doesn't worry me either as MOST of it is actually from Douglas Adam's original adaptation. (Well, it doesn't worry me unless I think about Nick Hornby's original screenplay for Fever Pitch. But let's not revisit that one…ever.)

One thing that DOES annoy me already (just in the sense that it's a rude thing to do) is their decision to use Warwick Davis as the BODY for Marvin, the Paranoid Android, but not the voice. What the shit is that? You hire a professional and well known actor to, essentially, act as a double? Why not just save money and hire Mr. Cheapo Small Person to do the body? What's wrong with Warwick Davis's voice? If he can be a scary Leprechaun, he can bloody well play a manic depressive robot.

I began watching the BBC series of the books last night. It was made in 1981 and it is pretty dated. I don't know whether or not I want to keep watching because it's pretty embarrassing at times. Especially the part where Zaphod has a mullet and Trillian, who's supposed to be brilliant, talks like Chrissy Snow from Three's Company.

So that's what I have to say about the matter so far. I'm excited to see what's going to happen and I'm feeling fairly optimistic about it at this point. It helps assuage my fears (and horrors) about the film of Confederacy of Dunces that they're making. Thanks for bearing with me through my little Aint It Cool News moment.


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