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Atlas Shrugged movie stalled but for good reasons

[photopress:angelina_jolie_02.jpg,full,pp_image] has a brief interview with Angelina Jolie who is to star in the Atlas Shrugged movie if and when it finally gets made.

[Angelina Jolie] had a little more to say about the adaptation of Atlas Shrugged, which is moving forward very slowly, despite having the Plan B powerhouse of Pitt and Jolie behind it.

Angelina told me that the project is still on the table, but “the thing with Atlas is just, we all feel that it’s one of those projects where if you can’t do it right, you really can’t touch it. So we have not had all the pieces come together.

There’s not been a director that’s right to come on, or all of those elements. So until it does, you know, I certainly don’t want to be a part of something that’s just put together to hit ‘this date.'”

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  1. I want to be encouraged by that sort of remark, but who’s to say what it means to “do it right”? So many people have so many different (and wrong) things to say about Atlas, and yet claim to be inspired by it. Will the dialogue and the acting give us the clarity to distinguish between, say, Dagny and James Taggart, and understand the difference? Can a Hollywood of James Taggarts grasp, much less convincingly portray, a Dagny, a Rearden, a Galt?

    The question is, if they do make the film, do I want to see it?

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  2. Good morning BB.

    Thanks for your comment.

    The same questions cross my mind too.

    I’ll consider it a worthwhile movie if it succeeds in portraying industrialists, entrepreneurs, and creative individualists in a heroic and positive light, and if it gets across the question: “What if these individuals – the men and women of the mind – were to go on strike?”

    Also, if it encourages people to go out and read the novel, and perhaps find out more about Ayn Rand.

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  3. I am so happy to hear about a movie based on an Ayn Rand book; I believe she is an author that should be more widely read.
    However..Angelina Jolie???? Really??? Good actress, but she is not right for that part.
    Hopefully by her saying it’s not all coming together the whole idea will go in a new direction WITHOUT HER.

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  4. I first read Atlas Shrugged when i was 14 and loved it and at 17 she is my favorite read and when i was told it was going to be made into a movie i was shocked. I never pictured Jolie as Dagny but if she understands what this bok represents then i stand behind her because if she captures the role it doesnt matter what she looks like as long as the movie is done to its fullest potential

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  5. Good afternoon “gab”. Thanks for your comment.

    I agree with your comment regarding the viability of Jolie as Dagny.

    When I first saw The Fountainhead movie starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, I hadn’t pictured Dominique looking like Patricia Neal.

    But Patricia Neal did such a beautiful job of it – and was a beautiful looking lady besides – that her role works well for me.

    As you say, the issue is whether or not the actor “captures the role”.

    Best Wishes.

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  6. I’m more concerned with who would portray Galt…that speech is the core of Objectivism…I cannot think of anyone–off the top of my head–that could get the message across.

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  7. Miss Angelina Jolie most definitely lacks the credentials required to act the part of Dagny Taggart. I respect her as an actress but this part would benefit from a publicly unknown actress.

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  8. Actually, when I was reading the book, she came to mind first. I think she can pull it off.

    But I do not think Pitt’s right for Galt. Maybe for Cisco, but Galt? I actually can’t think of anyone for the role.

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  9. I’d say Jolie could play the part but the eternal question:

    Who is John Galt??? ;-P

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  10. Good evening Ariel,

    … but the eternal question:

    Who is John Galt??? ;-P

    The choice for that role will be interesting.

    Also the actors chosen for the roles of Rearden and Francisco, as they play big roles in the story.

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