Fred Savage's lil brother to be... Jimmy Olsen'
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.
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
Who cares? Smallville is the future of this Franchise.
Nov. 26, 2003, 10:19 a.m. CST
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 FOR FUCKS SAKE.
Nov. 26, 2003, 10:22 a.m. CST
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
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
by Big Bad Clone
Nov. 26, 2003, 10:33 a.m. CST
by Karl Childers
is he still technically IN Hollywood?
Nov. 26, 2003, 10:41 a.m. CST
by Village Idiot
Nov. 26, 2003, 10:58 a.m. CST
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
by Lost Skeleton
You know what JJ Peters? All your ideas suck ass!
Nov. 26, 2003, 11:20 a.m. CST
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
Nov. 26, 2003, 11:54 a.m. CST
"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).
Nov. 26, 2003, 12:01 p.m. CST
"What a scoop, brother!"
Nov. 26, 2003, 12:03 p.m. CST
Another opportunity wasted.
Nov. 26, 2003, 12:40 p.m. CST
And he can fight Polar Bears in Antarctica! sk
Nov. 26, 2003, 12:58 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
by Wee Willie
It's Brendan Frasier. Read the trades, bitches.
Nov. 26, 2003, 2:27 p.m. CST
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
Nov. 26, 2003, 2:53 p.m. CST
Has turned down the role.
Nov. 26, 2003, 2:58 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nov. 26, 2003, 6:10 p.m. CST
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
...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
There is being a geek - then there's being Harry...
Nov. 26, 2003, 9:56 p.m. CST
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
Or is Ben too old now?
Nov. 27, 2003, 12:26 a.m. CST
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
savage beating, get it?
Nov. 27, 2003, 1:14 a.m. CST
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
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
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
by Headless Roland
Hey Clark, wha' happened??
Nov. 27, 2003, 1:19 p.m. CST
Rider Strong in "Cabin Fever" AKA "Ecoli A Go Go".
Nov. 27, 2003, 1:21 p.m. CST
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
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
Man... Lillard was good, but Diamond IS Shaggy.
Nov. 27, 2003, 8:57 p.m. CST
You know you'd love it.
Nov. 28, 2003, 1:26 a.m. CST
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
Was offered the role of Jimmy Olsen in Superman but turned it down.
Nov. 28, 2003, 4:04 p.m. CST
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
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!
Nov. 29, 2003, 6:56 a.m. CST
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
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
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
cast Carrot top as Jimmy Olsen?
Dec. 3, 2003, 6:03 p.m. CST
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.
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