Hey folks, Harry here... This will not be a regular column, but as the need arises... There are rumors and stories that are near impossible to confirm until they get announced or are discarded quietly from the tables of development... This has to be one of the most wondrously insane rumored concepts I've ever read... Here ya go...
don't know if there's some flesh on this bone... rumours have it that kevin costner is about ot make a musical-movie about... FIDEL CASTRO!
you've heard anything about it?! only rumour? source is reliable... but still can't believe it. is he trying to jump on the moulin-rouge- chicago-musical-wave? fair enough! but with fidel castro? com'on?!
Ok... Let's take a look at it. Kevin Costner is friends with Oliver Stone, Ollie has just done that CASTRO documentary COMMANDANTE which the Reic... Right seemed to bully out of existence. However, just about anyone and everyone would admit that Fidel Castro's story has all the earmarks of an epic film... up Costner's alley.
Afterall... Coster does love baseball (BULL DURHAM, FIELD OF DREAMS, FOR LOVE OF THE GAME) and has dealt with the very Castro-esque with both JFK and THIRTEEN DAYS. Cuba is a wonderful setting for a musical - especially the Cuba of Castro's youth, through to today. Fidel's story has that epic sort of grandeur that made EVITA such a great subject for Musical Drama. It could also be one of the most tasteless musicals of all time.
NOW - Would Costner direct this alleged project? Would Oliver Stone be involved somehow? Would Costner be crazy enough to try and play Fidel... or would they cast someone else completely wrong for the part like Antonio Banderas? Who could play the musical Castro if it were to exist? -- Alfred Molina? Luis Guzman? (LOL) Benicio Del Toro? Would Kennedy and Krushchev sing? What about Che?
The source "renÃ©" is actually someone legitimate to listen to, in a position to hear very real rumors, especially about THIS project... Let's see what we can find out? As for my tie to Castro? My grandfather coached military baseball teams that played against Castro when he was a player on Cuba's team... Apparently, my grandfather's team kicked their ass! But that could be old family jingoism...