Zod, Davy Jones, Hamlet and Ethan Hunt line up! Group photo time for VALKYRIE!!!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. The Daily Mail has a nice group shot of the main team from Bryan Singer's WW2 action flick VALKYRIE. And there's not a bad little article to accompany the pic that gives you a rundown on who the real people were and what their roles were in the planned assassination of Hitler (hence the big red numbers in the pic). Be sure to click on the photo to get that article! Gotta say there's a lot of geek in the picture below. Terence Stamp, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh... Hope Singer knocks this one out of the park!!
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Sept. 5, 2007, 1:08 a.m. CST
KNEEL BEFORE ZOD
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:08 a.m. CST
by Punch Man
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST
by Freddie Mercury
Gimme a break. For what? Harry Potter? Wild Wild West? Chariots of Fire?
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST
cause those guys look boring
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:19 a.m. CST
c'mon guys, smile for the camera! you look like you're trying to assassinate Hitler or something...
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:26 a.m. CST
The replacement score is being written by Klaus Badelt.
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:41 a.m. CST
and realized its pretty much the best movie ever made. Glad to see him in a mainstream flick again.
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:46 a.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2007, 2:19 a.m. CST
by Midol Boy
At least the actors are. I wonder how it ends?
Sept. 5, 2007, 2:20 a.m. CST
by Kevin Bosch
Was it something I said?
Sept. 5, 2007, 2:24 a.m. CST
I'd like to see one of them smiling.
Sept. 5, 2007, 2:43 a.m. CST
The following years group photo was a portrait, well technically it was a radiograph, but dammit if those teeth were'nt smilin!
Sept. 5, 2007, 2:58 a.m. CST
...this week held in ascending order by some Nazi's
Sept. 5, 2007, 3 a.m. CST
I just came a little bit, in my pants.
Sept. 5, 2007, 3:13 a.m. CST
...all credibility will lost for me. His voice is just..stupid, and NOT German and aristocratic enough. And the photo is cheesy as hell.
Sept. 5, 2007, 3:32 a.m. CST
...but three Pirates alums on board? (McNally, Nighy and Schofield) Was the casting director for Valkyrie hanging around on the set of "At Worlds' End" or something?
Sept. 5, 2007, 4:19 a.m. CST
If you go to: http://blogtalkradio.com/hostpage.aspx?show_id=38741 You can hear John Ottman interviewed from set in Berlin.
Sept. 5, 2007, 5:16 a.m. CST
This guy hasn't been in a good movie since "Henry V". His Hamlet was the most pathetic thing I've seen in years...recently he ruined "As you like it". I just hate him for raping Shakespeare over and over again.
Sept. 5, 2007, 6:04 a.m. CST
The Usual Suspects.... This will probably be a beautiful film but will be lacking in emotional content and drag. That's Singer's MO anymore. O- and please don't let Ottman Cut this, he hacked up the non-action parts of Superman Returns.
Sept. 5, 2007, 6:05 a.m. CST
Bring back Wagner then.
Sept. 5, 2007, 6:18 a.m. CST
Pity. And this sounded so wonderful.
Sept. 5, 2007, 6:21 a.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2007, 6:30 a.m. CST
Davy Jones. (Not up on my Nighy roles.)
Sept. 5, 2007, 6:51 a.m. CST
I see him going mano-a-mano with Brandon Routh over the skies of Metropolis. Cruise can do good villains. He was great as Lestat, his best performance ever. Kneel before Cruise. Or how about as a younger Jor-el in the flashback sequence?
Sept. 5, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2007, 7:50 a.m. CST
Yes he would. He even looks like Routh a bit. I can see Cruise in the white crystaline robes . . .
Sept. 5, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST
by Stalin vs Predator
Hilarious. How thick - or, shall I say, tall - are the heels in Cruise's boots?
Sept. 5, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST
in "Das Experiment" and "The Downfall". I'm glad they have a german actor among them. Can't wait to see this!
Sept. 5, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST
Whiner's be damned. This movie will rock your ass.
Sept. 5, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST
And a german DIRECTOR as well. Bryan Singer is a glorified hack...but disliking Singer around here is seen as being prejudiced in some way or something.
Sept. 5, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST
I will be first in line.
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST
That being said, he's still very young and can learn a lot from his mistakes. I wish that was true for most people.
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST
It's nice to see. I'm just dreading watching Tom Cruise scream long live Germany.
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST
Don't forget Zwartboek! <BR><BR>They should recast Cruise and get Sebastian Koch instead. <BR><BR>Oh my god, the casting on the rest of this film looks awesome. David Bamber, Cicero from Rome, as Hitler? Carice van Houten is in this too? Damn, I'm going to need to bring a spare pair of shorts to the theatre when I see this thing.
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST
by Frank Black
I feel bad for every actor in a Terrence Stamp film because he acts them into dust and smashes their dust into the concrete. I think my wife and I showed The Limey to so many friends we had to make new friends so we could show it somre more (and Nicky Katt is pretty damn good in it too.) The lesson to this post is that Bryan Singer is overrated, Tom Cruise is a closeted homosexual, scientologist looking to take over the world, and Branagh is like Pepsi (watered down coke). I will see this movie if they can make Tom Cruise's eye patch cover his head!
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST
Class 3 (protruding chin) in favorable in Hollywood. Think Clooney. I wonder how many actors have recieved chin enhancements?
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST
Or however you spell that batard's name.
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST
Even with Cruise, the cast sound great, but I have to wonder whether the execution (pun intended?) will be as good as the casting. I, too, would like to see tom's eyepatch cover his whole face. Or better, why not given him TWO eyepatches! No, that would be as absurd as having the shortest guy in Hollywood (this side of Vern Troyer) be the tallest one in the photo). <P> by the way, all that talk about Cruise as Jor-el SURELY must be a joke, right? I'm already disinclined to see the supposed sequel, but put Cruise in that role and I won't even rent it.
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST
by William Munny
Apparantly Patton was worried that Hitler wouldn't be around much longer - and he would miss his opportunity to "personally shoot that paper-hanging son-of-a-bitch." From the movie: "For God's sake, get me in this fight. The only way out of the doghouse is to do something great. I gotta get back in the war! Hitler's own people tried to kill him a few days ago. First thing you know, it'll be over and. . . . I'll. . . . . .keep my mouth shut. I'll behave myself. I give you my word."
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:52 a.m. CST
by Leto III
Shouldn't he be in that picture, too?
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST
by uss cygnus
"What can I do for YOU, Adolf? Help ME help YOU!"
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST
But does anyone know if this is spoken in german with subtitles or in English with german accents?
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST
and doesn't Kenneth Branagh always look something like that? Like with the uniform and the haircut. This movie should be interesting though.
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST
in Conspiracy, as Reinhard Heidrich. He was great. Kevin McNally (the ARR first mate of POTC) standing left, was also in that film, as Under-secretary Martin Luther. Mr 6 was also in POTC with Bill Nighy and McNally, as Lord Cutler's kidnapper/ assassin, and wasn't that guy on the left, seated, the 'good' Nazi doctor in Unterfall?
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST
In Harry Potter 6, Bill Nighy is playing tough and leonine new Minister for Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour. Love Bill Nighy (he was the first, best Sam Gamgee in LOTR, you know) and watch his cameo in Hot Fuzz, when he says the line "Uh, yes I can, I'm the Chief Inspector." He does this tiny, amazingly threatening thing with the skin between his eyebrows. Exquisite.
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST
He lost me there...if this gets incredibly good revies, then maybe I'll download it...otherwise, forget it.
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST
I thought Singer was slated to re-make Freejack after SR? Oh well. If Gary Busey were in T. Stamp's shoes, then they'd have my $8. As it stands, on opening night you'll probably find me sipping Tussin over my dog-eared laser disc of "Never Too Young to Die".
Sept. 5, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST
by Klaus Herzog
He also has a part in the movie, doesn't he? He sure would do a good job, though no one will be able to rival Bruno Ganz as Ol'Adolf in DOWNFALL. But really, that is one impressive cast and I gotta say, this is one of my most anticipated movies next year. This has the potential to be one hell of a tense film and with this story in particular, you really gotta try your best to fuck it up. I have faith in Singer and yeah, I have faith in Tom Cruise too, take that bitches. I'm guessing this will be good. Nice to see Christian Berkel as well, at least some Germans are in this flick.
Sept. 5, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST
by Pound Sand
Show some love : Rock and roll chick defeats Nazi's.
Sept. 5, 2007, 11:29 a.m. CST
but he looks like he's playing dress-up next to real German Officers there.
Sept. 5, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST
by Midol Boy
Thou are a douche!
Sept. 5, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST
by future help
and have that man shot.
Sept. 5, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST
This flick looks like it could be good, but I'm curious as to what route they'll go with the accents. Cruise is obviously American, whereas the other actors are from the UK. Will they all try German accents? Will Cruise try an English accent to fit in with the rest of the cast? Will the others try an American accent to match Cruise?
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST
by Stalin vs Predator
"They Shaved Hitler's Legs" - a sequel to the 1970s (or was it 1960s? Or maybe 1690s?) classic with the head.
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST
Hitler watches it on super 8mm.
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
I can hear Cruise's accent in my head(shudder) Now if they break into Springtime for Hitler, that's a different story.
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:17 p.m. CST
you know how it ends. Sure, it works for every Shakespeare tragedy, but there'll be so much false hope...the ending is going to be a major downer. Obviously.
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST
by Ray Gamma
Why didn't you mention David Schofield? (number 6 in the picture); he's an excellent and hugely underrated actor.
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST
by Ray Gamma
I should add, he's a very well known face in the UK.
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST
better be good!!
Sept. 5, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST
Assassination attempts. Explosions. Nazis. Executions. Suicides. Great ensemble cast. Chris Mcquarrie script. This could be great.
Sept. 5, 2007, 2:31 p.m. CST
How does Tom Cruise keep getting work? Just a terrible actor now devoured by insanity of a ufo cult.
Sept. 5, 2007, 2:32 p.m. CST
by abner pepper
I see hitler in that picture.Eddie Hitler from Bottom at no2.
Sept. 5, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST
Shame Rommel had to go out the way he did with the poison and all. Still, he saved his family by doing so. Had he been able to get his wife and son out of Germany, he would have been a good peace negotiator to end the war. Dontiz did okay though.
Sept. 5, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST
kidding aside this looks like a potentially cool movie, excellent cast, Singers a Mensch, and McQuarrie's scripting is a bonus. Shame about the Ottman score being bumped in favour of Badelt (one out of two aint bad) but then again a German 'romantic' sensibility might add something to the film (Badelt and Zimmer turned a great pastiche of Mahler, Wagner and Beethoven with Invincible). I doubt he'll be dialling in a by the numbers 'Media Ventures' score like Transformers fro this, much more engaging subject matter for a composer to get there teeth into.
Sept. 5, 2007, 4:13 p.m. CST
Apt pupil is the best movie Bryan Singer has filmed. I can't get past Kevin Spacey, the day the guy said he would retire from acting was one of the happiest of my life.
Sept. 5, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST
you know what I mean..
Sept. 5, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST
by Ash Talon
X2 is proof of Singer's ability? X2 is barely a film. Paper-thin plot. No characterization other than Wolverine. Hardly any action. Ridiculous plot holes. Why it gets so much geek love is beyond me. Usual Suspects was great the first time around. Apt Pupil is damn near impossible to watch. The X-Men films are boring with no character development and serious fear of action. Superman Returns...well, I can't think of one aspect of the movie that works...not one. Not to mention that his movies always look like stage productions. As for Cruise, he does look like he's playing dress-up. Will he even attempt to try an accent? Or does he at least realize he's not capable of pulling one off? Not interested in this one bit despite the rest of the cast.
Sept. 5, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST
You see in order to pull off an accent he would have to be able to act ya see.
Sept. 5, 2007, 5:53 p.m. CST
Stauffenberg. I have seen Cruise as stuaffenberg and picture of the real person and it is uncanny.
Sept. 5, 2007, 6:02 p.m. CST
When he was fired from paramount. he effectively ended his action career. He has three movies in production at the moment, Lion for Lambs, Valkerie and a possible Judd apatow comedy. and he had dinner with spike Lee. He has been an actor for thirty years and he has worked with some of the greatest directors of the latter half od the 20th Century. His final decade, which is this one will be his most intresting. I saw show on living and the apt comment was that he needs to stop being the crazy tom cruise cult nut job and start being Tom the actor again. Which is what he is good at and that is his job.
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:32 p.m. CST
Looks like it's a little too Hollywood. The facial hair and styling is all wrong for at least half the cast in that photo. Furthermore, I don't know if I could watch a movie like this in english. It really would be much better in the original language(s). Damn shame Americans are spoiled rotten babies when it comes to "foreign language" films. I think I'll just wait for the German-financed, German-made version of this story.
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:04 p.m. CST
"Tom's character is supposed to be 6'2". How do we make look bigger?" "He's already on an apple box." "Er. OK.... Some of them can sit down. As if they're planning something. You know, like the assasination of Hitler or something.." "Stamp has piles. He'll have to stand up." "Right. Well, get him to lean forward and rest his arms on the table." "What's wrong with Branagh?" "I think Terence just farted. Again." "Well, that would explain the look on Tom's face..."
Sept. 6, 2007, 12:48 a.m. CST
Thank You Jesus
Sept. 6, 2007, 5:55 a.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
Theres some corrections required to this talkback <p> Donitz was NOT a good negatiator (we didnt need a negotiator as we were winning then) <p> Ken was with Helena Bonham Carter not Emma Thompson <p> Tom is not a Hack (Hello, Magnolia, 4th of July) <p> Singer is not a hack (Suspects, Apt Pupil, X-Men) <p>Branaghs Hamlet is possiblyl the best Shakespeak committed to film! <p> I that covers it all :)
Sept. 6, 2007, 6:04 a.m. CST
I have nothing else to add at this point. Just, I like the photo.
Sept. 6, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST
guess which one.
Sept. 6, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST
He was only married to her, ya know...
Sept. 6, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST
Will she proof she's a great actress in American films as well?
Sept. 6, 2007, 1:09 p.m. CST
I love Carice van Houten. She was able to play smart, busty, blonde, and crazy sexy while also making you care deeply about her character's plight in "Black Book." Can't wait to see her in "Valkyrie".<p> Also, does anyone else think Cruise is a dead ringer for Stauffenberg? The photo in that Daily Mail article looks astonishingly like Tom. Whoa... I really hope Cruise gives the performance of a lifetime, German accent and all.<p> Overall this film looks good.
Sept. 6, 2007, 7:37 p.m. CST
If it will save lives.