You may already have heard that an ESPN movie is in the works, based on “Those Guys Have All the Fun”, a book by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller.
Last night (July 28) on Keith’s new Countdown on CurrentTV, Keith and his old friend and former sidekick Dan Patrick discussed who might play the various persons depicted in the book. It quickly became apparent that there is only one person who can ever be properly cast as Keith Olbermann; particularly a young Keith Olbermann: Ben Affleck.
On June 30, Keith Olbermann had NY Senator Charles Schumer on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermannto talk about the debt ceiling debate, and the Congressional and — specifically — the Republican politics surrounding it. During that interview, Schumer made an unusually blunt and explosive charge: That Republicans are deliberately trying to ‘tank’ the economy for their own political advantage.
To home-based, Monday morning political quarterbackers like me, that is not a surprising statement. It’s one that many political commentators and bloggers have been making for some time.
About 2 weeks ago, right after the exit of Keith Olbermann from MSNBC, I wrote a piece speculating on the possible ways it could turn into a silver lining (Keith Olbermann Leaving MSNBC: A Silver Lining?, January 22, 2011). In that commentary, I listed a number of possible re-entry scenarios for Keith, some of which might constitute a silver lining in the dark cloud of this affair. A couple of the possibilities were (imho) interesting for their real possibilities. Most were along the lines of, “Wouldn’t it be fascinating if…?”
There was one option that buzzed through my head for just a nanosecond, but it was too ludicrous to even throw out as a joke: Keith on FOX(We distort, you decide)News? Nah! Keep moving. Nothing to contemplate here! Continue reading →
It’s interesting (to me ;) to note that the role Leslie Nielsen auditioned for in “Ben Hur” was the one that eventually went to Stephen Boyd.
I never much cared for Boyd as an actor, and have no idea how he got so much work in the 1960s. He’s wooden and uninteresting to watch. I speculate that he got selected over Nielsen for at least three reasons:
1) He looks meaner,
2) He’s generally darker complected with dark hair,
3) Nielsen’s coloring was too much like Charlton Heston’s, thus not distingushing them sufficiently when they were in the same scenes.
Nielsen looked more nothern European and, frankly, looked too nice to be chopping up Ben Hur’s wheels in the chariot race.
Maybe if he’d dyed his hair and sneered more in the screen test …