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Francis Ford Coppola's TETRO Rounds Out Casting!! It's An Interesting Group...

Merrick here...
Francis Ford Coppola has cast actor/musician/artist & funky renaissance man Vincent Gallo as the title character in TETRO. Maribel Verdú (Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN and PAN'S LABYRINTH) will also star, alongside NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN's Javier Bardem (he just won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for that film). The movie "introduces" Alden Ehrenreich as a young man searching for his older brother, in a story set in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Theirs is a family marred by fierce rivalries, tragedies and betrayal. Coppola will direct, and will be joined by much of the behind-the-scenes team from his recent YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH. Although materials currently indicate that Ehrenreich is being "introduced" here, it should be noted that he's already been seen in episodes of the high-profile series SUPERNATURAL and CSI. Perhaps not in a significant role, though...which I'm guessing warrants the "introduction" here. TETRO (which has nothing to do with that game where you have to line up the little colored blocks) rolls at the end of this month, for a 2009 release.

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  • March 8, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST


    by SaluteYourShorts


  • March 8, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by SaluteYourShorts

    I'd rather play Tetris.

  • March 8, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Welcome back, Mr. Coppola

    by Chishu_Ryu

    I thoroughly enjoyed "Youth Without Youth"

  • March 8, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST


    by Chishu_Ryu

    Mind your elders, child..

  • March 8, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    I like this Vincent Gallo

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Sure, he's a proper nutbag, but that at least makes him more interesting than your average Hollywood actor. I could do without the racism (did anyone read about him selling his sperm as long as no one with dark skin tries to buy it?), but otherwise I think he's a pretty funny guy.<p>Also, I liked his film Buffalo 66, which could just have well been called The Adventures Of An Asshole, very much.

  • March 8, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Christ, that second paragraph is a stinker

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Sorry about that. I'll try again:<p>Also, I very much enjoyed his film Buffalo 66, which could just as well have been called The Adventures Of An Asshole.<p>There, that's better.

  • March 8, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Love Gallo

    by EvilGeek1

    Good to see him back on the scene. Buffalo '66 has always had a place in my top ten, because it's lined with golden nuggets of comedy and drama. Case in point, the Scott Woods scene in the nightclub. near the end. Still don't know how he did the still shots.

  • March 8, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Francis Ford Coppola is the new George Lucas

    by GodMars

    Or was he the original? What was the last film he made that was actually worth watching? You wonder what he and Lucas have been sitting around smoking all of these years.

  • March 8, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Does this mean he recovered his laptop?

    by Bobo_Vision

    The people who stole it should reenact the script using video cameras, and post it on YouTube. <p> Oh, and, Merrick wrote "NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN's Javier Bardem (he just won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for that film). " Thanks for clearing that up Merrick, otherwise I'm sure we'd have no idea who that was.

  • March 8, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    If you are bored...

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Check out this link to Vincent Gallo's 'merchandising' site:<p><p>I don't know if he's joking or serious, and I'm not sure which of the two options is funnier. Get your purses out, ladies...

  • March 8, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Vincent Gallo

    by Turd Furgeson

    isn't he that dude from "The Brown Bunny?"

  • March 8, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Why FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA's time is over...

    by SaluteYourShorts

    He directed JACK.

  • March 8, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST

    It's sad

    by welsh12uk

    when you are known for making a good merlot versus making a good movie. We can hope Coppola has one more good movie fermenting in him

  • March 8, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Who is this Javier Bardem you speak of?

    by waggy

    I really doubt there's anyone reading this story who doesn't know he won an oscar for No Country.

  • March 8, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    vincent gallo is a hack

    by Mr.Slade

    evrything he does is crap and he hides it well by claiming that he has artistic expression, you suck gallo and so will this movie

  • March 8, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Good luck taming Gallo

    by wilsonfisk89

    Headline five days into shooting, "Gallo Leaves Tetris due to creative differences." He is a crazed near-genius asshole with a track record of ridiculous on set drama. But if it works out, should be pretty sweet. How bout his Belevedere commercial, pretty hip huh?

  • March 8, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Bardem is gonna fade into obscurity,

    by worldofwarcraft

    once people realize he's a neckbone. Just like Tobey McGuire.

  • March 8, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Bardem and McGuire?

    by Shozo

    Nothing alike. What's a neckbone? Fried neckbones? I have a feeling Coppola will have to make about 10 more of these little DV-sized movies before he gets his groove back and does something interesting. He's out of shape. You can't just jump back in the race.

  • March 8, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    YWY was insane and made no sense but beautiful

    by reflecto

    And I will still see anything Coppola makes.

  • March 8, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    this will be in B&W

    by Spaz Medicine

    so said the man behind the film.

  • March 8, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Gallo=Fruity Nut Bar

    by Broseph

    The dude is seriously a whack job

  • March 8, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Youth Without Youth Sucked

    by pomophobe

    This might just suck as well.

  • March 8, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    What was the end result of Coppola's computers being stolen?

    by Kirbymanly

    I thought all of his original versions of this script were swiped from his house. Did he get them back?

  • March 8, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Ha, Vincent Gallo?

    by DeadPanWalking

    That's wild. I can't imagine why Coppola would cast the worlds biggest jackass. Maybe he likes a challenge?

  • March 8, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by Broseph

    gallo's not a great artist.i saw buffalo 66 what a piece of shit.he seems like he goes out of his way to be obscure and unique an artsy

  • March 8, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST

    reflecto: on Youth Without Youth

    by Multiplex

    my thoughts exactly.

  • March 8, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by Proman1984

    And I was looking forward to this one.

  • March 8, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Francis ford coppala's TETRIS

    by ironic_name

    morgan freeman as the T shape.

  • March 8, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by Tourist

    Awesome that he has Gallo for the lead. Love Gallo. Too bad its for Francis Ford Coppolas new movie. This dude is loooooong washed up. Even his small, artistic, personal movies are fucking junk.

  • March 8, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    This movie

    by welsh12uk

    will suck. That is all.

  • March 8, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see Vincent Gallo play "Tetris"!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • March 8, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Give me off-peak Coppola

    by kwisatzhaderach

    over most of today's 'directors' any day.

  • March 8, 2008, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Glad You're Back Making Films

    by Larry of Arabia

    After the horrible time he had with Godfather III you could tell his heart wasn't in it. Sure, Rainmaker was a fine enough film but his heart wasn't in it. I think he's found his love again. Sure Youth Without Youth was a mess, but it was an outrageously ambitious mess. I'll take an ambitious mess by someone capable of a masterpiece above something by, oh say David Ellis or Andy Tennant. (both of who make fine films but, you know, might not reach the heights of The Godfather.)

  • March 9, 2008, 6:39 a.m. CST

    now watch him sweep the Oscars...

    by cifra

    No, seriously. Oscar loves comebacks. Gallo can be either great or awful but he's loved by the indies. Verdú is due for an Oscar nom or win (Y tu mamá también and Pan's Labyrinth were hits and she was the best in them) and Bardem is an acting God. It's a matter of time till Coppola gets the right project again. This project looks interesting, and sure that in Hollywood there is enough people eager to vindicate him...

  • March 9, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Personally, I think it's awesome Francis is making films again..

    by dragon of sorcerer

    ...and if they're weird, wacky, crazy, whatever, I don't care. Even if they all suck, I don't really care. I just like that he's out there trying again, and that he's willing to take risks.

  • March 9, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Interesting point, leobloom.

    by Garbage

    It's kind of like sitting in a bar and noticing Brigitte Bardot giving you come-hither looks. Bardot's in her seventies now (I think), and looks like . . . well, let's just say that years of smoking and UV rays have taken their toll. But she was incredibly hot as a younger woman. If I pick her up, can I brag to everyone about how I picked up Brigitte Bardot? Or should I shut up?<p>As for Bardem, he's a terrific actor, but also seems like a pretty down-to-earth guy. It's weird how some great actors (like De Niro etc.) come across as odd and/or cold in interviews, whereas others (like Bardem, Day-Lewis, Streep, etc.) seem like regular guys.

  • March 9, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Brown Bunny anyone?

    by wowsah156

    Anyone who has seen Brown bunny will know that Gallo is just a chancer who seems to have made a careeer out of interia. I cant see Gallo coping with mainstream movie work and having to be an underling for Coppolla. Hes probably only doing it to get near Francis's older daughter Sofia.Will wager $50 that Gallo will nail Sofia before the end of this year.....