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Fred Savage's lil brother to be... Jimmy Olsen'

Published at: Nov. 26, 2003, 10:11 a.m. CST by staff

Hey folks, Harry here... wow, ya know... the Batman film is getting Christian Bale and Michael Caine, and the SUPERMAN flick is apparently working on Ben Savage. Personally - I've always thought of Jimmy Olsen as an unknown redheaded actor, age 16 and around 5'3". Well, technically... my dream was to always go back in time, transport young spitfire Mickey Rooney to today... and do a series of JIMMY OLSEN films, like his Andy Hardy series, only... taking him into the future... teaming up with the Legion... but always being... SUPERMAN's Pal. Jimmy eating metal... Jimmy bouncing around... alas... Time Machines do not exist.

Hi Harry

Love your website. Ive never submitted anything news worthy before. I never have anything news worthy. I don't even know the first thing about picking a code name. I don't even know if this is what you'd consider news, but I think it's cool, and since I was brave enough to ask I hope it fits your criteria.

Ok, earlier I was gassing up at Union on Wilshire Blvd,Beverly Hills and recognized the guy behind me at the pay counter. It was Ben Savage -Fred's little brother - who use to be in "Boy Meets World". I conveniently slowy walked back to my car outside, so I could say hello. He was really nice [looks a bit different, hair shorter, and quite tall!] and told me about a few things he has done lately. I said I use to watch his series. He said he had a second call back at Warners for the new Superman film. I asked 'as Superman?' [im sure he didnt appreciate the shocked look on my face, the one that read 'as if he can be superman']. No, he said as the kid reporter, Jimmy Olsen. He said it'd be good if he gets it, and is quietely confident, and gave me a sly smile.Anyway, I thought he was a nice guy. I thought this might be something you might be interested in for your news area.

I read about your film. That sounds really good! Ill look out for it..

best of luck with everything, Adam.

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  • Nov. 26, 2003, 10:16 a.m. CST

    First

    by Damer1

    Who cares? Smallville is the future of this Franchise.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Sly smile?

    by GypsyTRobot

    So they're going to make Jimmy Olsen gay in this version? That could make for some comedy, if Jimmy is in love with Supes but not Clark Kent.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 10:21 a.m. CST

    OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by meatloaf25

    OH FOR FUCKS SAKE.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 10:22 a.m. CST

    I was walking down the street too...

    by Josef K

    And I bumped into Gary "Radar O'Reilly" Berghoff from MASH. He was performing as Tevye in the local Dinner Theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof and he told me he had his third callback for Lex Luthor in Superman. Amazing, huh?

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Shit, why not just cast Dustin Diamond (Screech) instead of Just

    by Big Bad Clone

    Who fucking cares about Jimmy Olsen? Who the fuck is directing? Who the fuck is Superman? Lois? Luthor? and when the fuck is it coming out? WB, get that shit straight before we get excited over who plays the copy boy or Cop #2.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Topanga (sp) as Lois?

    by Big Bad Clone

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Better than the oft-rumored Chris Rock

    by Karl Childers

    is he still technically IN Hollywood?

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 10:41 a.m. CST

    how hard is it to find a freckled red-headed kid with acting cho

    by Village Idiot

    I'm asking.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Joseph Mazzello

    by Drath

    He's the right age, the right physical type, why is he never mentioned in casting calls?

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 11:11 a.m. CST

    More Warner plants testing casting on this site

    by Lost Skeleton

    You know what JJ Peters? All your ideas suck ass!

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Let me set up the scene:

    by Big Bad Clone

    Guy: "Hi" Ben Savage: "Yeah it's me Ben Savage, from Boy Meets World. You've probably seen me on broadway." G: "Um..." BS:"Yep, of course now I'm on my way to read for a part in Superman. No not as the guy in tights. I reading for Jimmy Olsen who has a much more dynamic role in this movie. Just a whole lot of a role for me to sink my teeth into. Hey, who knows maybe they'll spin him off in his own movies. Anyways, let me sign you're napkin and I'm on my way." G: "Okay, but I just was looking for a mailbox..."

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Idiot

    by Jeditemple

    Whatever.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Jimmy Eats World

    by Wampa_1

    "OrionsAngel comment: Muawahaha Boy meets world. Wait, Jimmy eats world. Hmm" You know what? I bet that's exactly how this happened...maybe in reverse order. And, like someone else said, how about focusing their energies on signing a SUPERMAN or, for that matter, a DIRECTOR?? Oh, and this may be possible BS, but I think I read on CHUD that Richard Donner is (maybe) being considered as director at this point (crosses fingers).

  • "What a scoop, brother!"

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 12:03 p.m. CST

    And You Didn't Turn Your Gas Nozzle on Him, Douse Him in Fuel an

    by hipcheck13

    Another opportunity wasted.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I think they should make Jimmy Olsen a gay robot!

    by rev_skarekroe

    And he can fight Polar Bears in Antarctica! sk

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Do what?

    by Pandas

    So this Savage guy gives scoops to anyone who says hi to him at the gas station? I suppose he was just so happy not to have to work there anymore.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 1:25 p.m. CST

    What are you guys talking about?

    by TheSecondEvil

    You guys will all be sorry when Cory steals every scene he's in, Boy Meets World ruled!!! *Snicker* I'm so delusional. How about Shawn for Supes and Mr. Feeny for Perry White or Lex Luthor? I'm off to take my meds.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 1:29 p.m. CST

    This Is Ridiculous

    by StandandDeliver

    Anyone who knows anything about Hollywood, knows that on big movies they call back unknown and relatively unknown actors four, five, six times, all while trying to get a big-name actor, until they finally get the actor they want. For instance, I've heard they've tried to interest Seth Green in Jimmy Olsen numerous times, but he's turned them down. But eventually they'll get to someone who wants the role. Anyway, Ben Savage was off in dreamland for a moment, and now he's humiliated on the web, looking like a putz in front of Warners. Good going. Harry - you should know better. Also, it should be known they would never officially cast Jimmy Olsen before Superman and Lois Lane. Just isn't going to happen.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Not a bad choice....

    by Blok Narpin

    ...but I would have gone for an unknown (like Marc Maclure was in 1978), but Ben Savage isn't a bad choice at all. Now that Richard Donnor is attached I actually have faith in this project.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 1:43 p.m. CST

    waaay back in 1978 no one gave a shit about the casting of "jimm

    by Rant Breath

    but that was BEFORE the internet and BEFORE richard donner changed the game with his surreal masterpiece SUPERMAN THE MOVIE!!! contemporary hollywood can pretend like that movie doesnt exist or they can embrace it. my guess is they dont give a shit any more about a "super-man" movie than they do a "hot wheels" movie. phuckin assholes.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Aw hell, what the fuck?!?

    by ComicBookGeek77

    O.K this whole Superman "movie" has turned into the biggest fucking fiasco. Who the Hell cares about Jimmy Olsen? They don't even have a god-dammed script yet! This must be some sort of a sick prank. That fat kid from Boy meets World is NO Jimmy Olsen. Fuck, I'd rather see that kid from Harry Potter instead of that lame fuck. What the Hell?!? Oh, and earlier OrionAngel or whomever the fuck was dissing on Smallville. Uh, It's about a YOUNG Clark Kent Dumbass. The Alex Ross Superman should be reserved for the movie. And Smallville doesn't suck, in fact it's the ONLY good thing comics have going right now, as Hulk, and Daredevil licked asshole. If these rumors about Brendan Frasier being considered to play Superman are true, I will go postal. Brendan Frasier is NOT Superman, he is a fucking clown. God, I'm so pissed right now. It really is not that hard to get their SHIT together and make a decent Superman film.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 2:14 p.m. CST

    show her your giant weiner

    by numberface

    Whooooooooooooo cares? Does Jimmy Olsen actually do anything in the comics except go "Gee whiz, Lois, where's Clark?" "Gosh Lois, Superman sure is strong." "Jeepers Creepers Lois, Superman sure looks hot in those tights". Fuck Jimmy Olsen. Hear me now. Fuck. Jimmy. Olsen. He's a faggot. And not the cool kind like on TV neither.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Superman HAS been cast.

    by Wee Willie

    It's Brendan Frasier. Read the trades, bitches.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Casting

    by FloydGandoli

    The Nolan Batman project seems to be moving along very nicely and would appear to be a potentially good film. Warner Bros. continues to seem intent on destroying the single most important property they have in Superman. Just hire a real director and then get the hell out of his/her way.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 2:52 p.m. CST

    jimmy olsen should be played by...

    by elviskilledjfk

    SETH GREEN!

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Seth Green

    by StandandDeliver

    Has turned down the role.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Seth Green

    by FloydGandoli

    This is a pretty smart move by Mr. Green seeing as there isn't a script yet and no firm director in place (I still will not allow myself to believe that WB will let McG direct this movie).

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Kinda reminds me of when Jimmy Smits was big news in Attack Of T

    by CranialLeak

    Does it really matter if Savage plays Jimmy? Are you going to scream bloody murder over such a piddly little character? But then again, this is Warner Bros. They've greenlit shit and called it a sundae before.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 3:42 p.m. CST

    A message to Orionsangel

    by antmanx68

    YOU ARE RIGHT ON! SMART GUY! I'VE BEEN SAYING THAT SINCE DAY 1....... good to see that someone else gets it.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 4:04 p.m. CST

    right on!

    by purplemonkeydw

    Boy Meets World was a serious guilty pleasure for me on TGIF. I'm glad to see Corey (ok, Ben) back out there. Waaaay better than Justin Timberlake as Jimmy.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Jack Kirby's Jimmy Olsen

    by Ivan_Mtl

    While this story itself is pretty ridiculous, it does give me the opportunity to plug Jack Kirby's wonderful run on Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen. I loved all of his Fourth World comic book series, and this one was my favorite (in fact, it holds the distinction of having Darkseid's first appearance in it). The great news is that DC Comics has finally decided to reprint them and the first volume is available in paperback now. Kirby is here!! Don't ask! just buy it!!

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Get a Clue!!!

    by StandandDeliver

    This is about a wishful actor going in for a callback!!!! It hardly means he has the role. This isn't news. It's idiotic. People audition for roles every day in Hollywood, which is usually just a casting director appeasing an agent who has some other, more formidable clients. You guys are screaming bloody murder because some dude had a callback?! Give me a break!!

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Screech is going to be the break out star of 2005

    by SexyBeast

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Fuck Screech.

    by ComicBookGeek77

    I'm not a celebrity or even a WASHED-UP celebrity such as the FUCK who plays screech. I'm just a fat-fuck Comic Book Geek, but let me tell you what, I'd love to beat the shit out of that kid a la Celebrity Boxing. It really bugged me seeing that cocky asshole beat the shit out of Worshak. I couldn't have a decent bowel movement for almost a week.

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Danielle "Topanga" Fishel has finally surfaced again...

    by FrankDrebin

    ...in "Dorm Daze", a sleazy (we hope) college romp from National Lampoon. (Actually, there is no National Lampoon anymore. The name is just licensed to anybody who wants to slap it on some direct-to-video mess.)

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 9:46 p.m. CST

    That was the most pathetic Harry rant yet...

    by PurityOfEssence

    There is being a geek - then there's being Harry...

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 9:56 p.m. CST

    If the WB had a fucking clue, they would greenlight a film versi

    by Red Raider

    Arguably the best comic book ever made for DC, it not only has Superman, but every major superhero in the DC universe in it as well. Either that or have Paul Dini oversee the production of the new Superman movie. Alex Ross or Bruce Timm could be visual consultants. I wish they would shitcan Jon Peters as a producer. He sucks ass...

  • Nov. 26, 2003, 10:53 p.m. CST

    BenSavage & Albert Brooks Need To Be In One Of Those Father and

    by CHEWBLACCA

    Or is Ben too old now?

  • Nov. 27, 2003, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Careful, Devil Cat, the WB tools at Superman CINEMA might flame

    by KingKrypton

    Seriously, I agree with you. With Abrams' script, Peters producing, and McG directing (reality check, folks...WB won't rehire Donner), there's no reason at all to see this thing. As for Savage...does anyone really care? The problems with this movie go well beyond him being considered. Unless Peters, Abrams, and McG are all fired and fans of the character are brought in to replace them, there's no way I'm ever going to support this crap.

  • Nov. 27, 2003, 12:56 a.m. CST

    if he could hear you player haters, he would give you a SAVAGE B

    by MiltonWaddams

    savage beating, get it?

  • Nov. 27, 2003, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Squidward IS Lex Luthor!

    by RichardKlineRide

    Other casting choices for Jimmy Olsen according to E!Online: 1. Jimmy"JJ" Walker 2. JM J Bullock 3. Larry Hovis 4. Plankton 5. Jeff "wake up" Wiggle 6. Richard Deacon 7. Whit Bissell 8. Tom Servo 9. Sam Drucker 10. Phil Hendrie----MMMM Topanga..please come see me at the Regal Beagle

  • Nov. 27, 2003, 2:45 a.m. CST

    As long as they are using that crappy script Moriarty reviewed b

    by Sith Lord Sauron

    Because it will suck like nothing has ever sucked before--worse than Event Horizon, worse than Showgirls, worse than Pearl Harbor and yes--worse even than Battlefield Earth. Don't believe me? http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=13350. Read it and weep. Cthulhu knows *I* did. . .

  • Nov. 27, 2003, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Jimmy Olsen should be played by the Donger

    by LongDuckDong

    Think of the possibilities! Instead of silly-ass comments like, "Gee chief," or, "Sorry Mr.Kent and Miss Lane." Instead, every other line could be, "What's happenin' hot stuff?" Oh yes.

  • Nov. 27, 2003, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Jimmy Olsen Should Be Played By Fred Willard!!

    by Headless Roland

    Hey Clark, wha' happened??

  • Nov. 27, 2003, 1:19 p.m. CST

    You know, this makes up for-

    by Lady_Hyde

    Rider Strong in "Cabin Fever" AKA "Ecoli A Go Go".

  • Nov. 27, 2003, 1:21 p.m. CST

    EVERYBODY KNOWS FRED SAVAGE'S LITTLE BROTHER CAN'T HIT A HIGH C!

    by Mel Garga

    THIS SUBJECT IS WHAT KEEPS THE GEARS OF THIS SITE GREASED. THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN GETTING RECOGNIZED AS SOMEONE YOU'RE NOT. ONE TIME I TOLD THIS STUPID BITCH AT A PARTY THAT I WAS SCOTT BAIO'S COUSIN. PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE ANYTHING. AFTER HE TOLD YOU HE WAS UP FOR THE ROLE OF JIMMY YOU LEFT AND HE WENT AROUND BACK OF THE GAS STATION AND BLEW A DRIFTER FOR CRANK MONEY.

  • Nov. 27, 2003, 1:39 p.m. CST

    The character of Jimmy Olsen

    by devil0509

    Should die a horrible death very early in the movie. ie: Superman gets to Metropolis, gets his job at the Daily Bugle, decides he wants to fuck Lois Lane and that this is a priority, has lunch with Jimmy to get some info on how to get into her panties, and sees Jimmy sprayed with about sixty rounds from an automatic weapon, thus catapaulting Supes into the crimefighting world. Olsen is just another annoying sidekick character, the kind that seemed to be mandatory in sixties actioners and comics, but has devolved to the likes of Wesley Crusher and Jar Jar Binks. Death to the annoying sidekicks.

  • Nov. 27, 2003, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Dustin Diamond should have been Shaggy!!!

    by ZeroCorpse

    Man... Lillard was good, but Diamond IS Shaggy.

  • Nov. 27, 2003, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Larry David should play Jimmy

    by DanielKurland

    You know you'd love it.

  • Nov. 28, 2003, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Jimmy Olsen is the Superman Universe's Robin

    by Renata

    In other words, the latent homosexual stand in. Who cares? Get a Golden Retriever to play him. As long as Rose Byrne is cast as Lois Lane. She would be perfect!!!

  • Nov. 28, 2003, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Quick, somebody update Ben's IMDb entry

    by cds

    Was offered the role of Jimmy Olsen in Superman but turned it down.

  • Nov. 28, 2003, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Josef it so funny you said that...

    by AesopRox

    Cause i recenly ran into conrad "Mr. Drummond" bain and he said he was up for the pa kent role, as to which i replied " hey did anyone ever tell you you look like a poor mans mr burns?"

  • Nov. 28, 2003, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Who gives a flying monkey fuck about Jimmy Olsen!

    by super Cucaracha

    Please WB...Give me some good news about who's playing Superman. Get your shit together: a good script, a good director (Donner, Spielberg), Tom Wellig...shit, Antonio Sabato Jr. with A LOT of acting classes (motherfucker is already buff), Selma Blair, Jessica Alba for Ms. Lane, Bruce Willis for Lex Luthor, give me a fucking deadline already. Superman fans are getting fed up already. Whatever you do will be better than giving the project to that cocksucker McG. Fuck that piece of shit!

  • And Jimmy Olsen should be played by Hilk Hogan. You all knew it was coming, dammit! "I got the scoop, brother" - and the HH annoying quotes live on!!!!!!

  • Nov. 29, 2003, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Bruce Cambpell could so play Jimmy Olsen

    by TheAquabatman

    Hey capey! You got two chances of taking down darkseid, Jack and shit, and Jack left town...

  • Dec. 1, 2003, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Brendan Fraser?

    by Alert

    Eventhough I think he's a great actor, Brendan Fraser would suck as Superman. What about Ethan Embry as Jimmy Olsen?

  • Dec. 2, 2003, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Why not...

    by haunted

    cast Carrot top as Jimmy Olsen?

  • Dec. 3, 2003, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Jimmy Fallon

    by MisterBlonde

    is Jimmy Olsen. Damn. This is going to get some serious shit from you comic kids. Still though...he'd totally have fun with the character. If not, then the Ethan Embry suggestion is also so beautifully perfect.