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Russell Crowe To Star In Bill Hicks Biography??

Published at: Aug. 25, 2008, 11:20 p.m. CST by hercules

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Russell Crowe is apparently deep into developing a biography of the genius Texas comedian Bill Hicks, who passed away in 1994. The 44-year-old New Zealander tells the Sydney Morning Herald:
"I have another project based on the life of comedian Bill Hicks, which is going from treatment to draft stage with Kiwi writer Mark Staufer."
The Herald elaborates:
It is understood [Crowe] is considering playing the main role of Hicks — a controversial and brilliant American comedian who battled drug and alcohol abuse before dying from cancer at 32.
Find the Herald’s report on the matter here.

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  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:06 p.m. CST

    this is old news

    by BrooseTheScharuk

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:07 p.m. CST

    by at least a few days, anyway

    by BrooseTheScharuk

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST

    PERFECT

    by danielw819

    I think Russell will do a great job and I look forward to more people discovering Bill Hicks.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Bill Hicks was a God among men

    by Ghostwood

    'nuff said

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:15 p.m. CST

    This would be sweet

    by toshiro-solo

    What you reading for? What am I reading FOR? Not what am I reading, but what am I reading FOR? Well, I guess there would be a lot of reasons, but one of 'em would be so I don't end up being a fucking waffle waitress!

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    That clip...

    by p5mmr9

    ...is hilarious... :D:D:D

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Fuck no!

    by banville

    Russell Crowe is awesome in certain roles but as Bill Hicks no way. He's too old and not bright enough.<p> Bill Hicks was fearsomely intelligent, this role needs an actor who can get that across.<p> Plus Crowe would have to drop a serious amount of weight to look even slightly credible.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Um...yeah.

    by CatVutt

    Hicks was a mildly amusing comedian and everything...but why exactly am I going to be compelled to watch a bio-pic about him?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST

    I hope Russell doesn't play the god-like Bill...

    by Spacker Dave

    I'd love a Hicks movie but I don't think Crowe has the ability to disappear into his roles. It would be too distracting to have him play such an icon of comedy. We need a guy that can just be Bill Hicks like Val Kilmer was for Jim Morrison.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST

    I really hope they do this right,

    by Harold-Sherbort

    Hicks is far and away my favorite comic. Hell, even George Carlin, rest his soul, riffed on Bill's joke about child worship. I hope Crowe knows that this project has to be PERFECT. If he gets it right, than he deserves more credit than I've ever given him.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST

    can they avoid the cash/ray/cantante tripe?

    by boba_fun

    agree w/ the poster above that the key to making this film work will be to highlight the material and not the cliche "tortured artist's struggle." avoid the dramatic past to drug addition to born again to dead before his time formula and make a concept piece focusing on Hick's message of cross examination and ultimately love.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Russell Crow...

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    ...should be in every F'N movie that gets made.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:50 p.m. CST

    "More cumshots and less manass" brilliant words

    by Jugdish

    That's Bill Hicks' line from his old gig about how to improve his stay at a hotel that played "spice" porn..

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    I thought I already played Bill Hicks-Denis Leary

    by Dingleberry Jones

    wait, not that was me doing a week-ass impression of Bill Hicks that I refer to as "my career".

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    yes to the movie, Hell no to Crowe starring

    by irrelevntelefant

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    A Lenny for the 21st century.

    by Helpful Electronic Lab Partner Robot

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Irony

    by Voice O. Reason

    The only place I ever saw Hicks while he was alive was on the old Dennis Miller Show in '92. Miller fucking loved him.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Australian?

    by ROBRAM89

    Umm...

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    I've never understood the Hicks worship.

    by benito

    Sure, he was okay. But I really don't see what's special about him, except that he's dead. Sorry to sound cynical but that's how it appears. Everyone loves to hero worship a dead guy, you know? And while I'll go there for Jeff Buckley... I'm not prepared to go there for Hicks. All that said, the very idea of this movie seems to be contrary to what Hicks stood for. And no, Crowe couldn't pull this part off.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:20 p.m. CST

    PS.

    by benito

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:21 p.m. CST

    PS.

    by benito

    Maybe it has something to do with the fact that a lot of American standup is so damn terrible. The masses who normally only get to see the really crappy stuff see a halfway decent comic like Hicks on the TV and think it's some kind of divine revelation. Look into Daniel Kitson. Now there's a comedian. And he's alive too! Bonus.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:21 p.m. CST

    PS.

    by benito

    Maybe it has something to do with the fact that a lot of American standup is so damn terrible. The masses who normally only get to see the really crappy stuff see a halfway decent comic like Hicks on the TV and think it's some kind of divine revelation. Look into Daniel Kitson. Now there's a comedian. And he's alive too! Bonus.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:22 p.m. CST

    by benito

    Um, what the hell is up with my posts? Gremlins man. ...Gremlins.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Not to put too fine a point on it...

    by Rain_Dog

    But fuck this. Isn't Russell Crowe already 8 or 9 years older (and about 30 kilos heavier) than Hicks was when he died and...like...not funny? Just a thought.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Dingleberry- leave Leary alooooone

    by evilhoban

    Damn....I sound like Chris Crocker... I know Leary had a couple of suspiciously similar bits in ONE of his routines (okay...he probably ripped em'), but the entire body of his career shouldn't be judged by a couple of jokes. The majority of No Cure for Cancer, which is legend, wasn't ripped and I'm a fan of both comics. Leary's been brilliant in many things that have nothing to do with Hicks (Rescue Me? The Job?). Even early on they ranted different. Anyway, I think Crowe is a colossal douche, but he looks the part and I'm all for it.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    will they use "Eulogy" by TOOL as the theme song?

    by Turd Furgeson

    Maynard wrote that song for Hicks, they should put it in somewhere..

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST

    YES!

    by robertplant

    He's already doing a Hicks impression in the movie coming out with Leo! YES! This could not be better. I always wanted to play Hicks, but lack credibility and acting skill.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Tool Songs and CatVutt

    by Sam_Keith_Wannabe

    As far as incorporating tool songs, I would think it all depends on whether maynard and the guys think this movie would do Hicks justice. It wasn't just Eulogy that was written for Hicks but the entire Aenima album was inspired by him. To CatVutt: I guess you were "compelled" enough to write a snazzy and witty little talkback weren't ya?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Alex Jones.

    by Harold-Sherbort

    I just found out about this guy a couple days ago. He looks like Hicks. I'm not sure how well he can act, but he seems like someone that is akin to Hicks. And fuck Dennis Leary. Even if I hadn't heard Hicks before, he would still suck balls. But knowing of Hicks just makes him that much more of a thieving douche.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Rather see Crowe play Mitch Hedberg

    by fiester

    "If you find yourself lost in the woods, fuck it, build a house. Well, I was lost but now I live here. I have severely improved my predicament."

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Russel Crowe as Hicks? Wtf?

    by FilmZ0mbie

    That sounds fucking horrible. Bill Hicks was a fucking prophet. You would have to go into his whole fixation on the Waco fiasco, maybe him hanging around with TOOL... definitely a psilocybin scene. Wow, that would be a great movie. "It's Just a Ride." is tattooed on my back. Yeah... I like me some Hicks.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST

    GET IT RIGHT!!!

    by DigitalBeachWar

    Bill Hicks is from Valdosta, Georgia! He's not Texan!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Crowe is fucking awesome....

    by TheWaqman

    he'll pull it off.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Russell Crow does a great southern Accent...

    by samuraiyao

    I remembered Watching Leno and he had on Crowe and Larry the Cable Guy as his guest... Larry asked if he could do his character from Gladiator, to which Crowe Replied with a hill billy accent...

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:57 a.m. CST

    "Bill Hicks was a fucking prophet."

    by benito

    ...I shudder at that comment. I like to think Bill would too.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    squeegee your third eye

    by ironburl

    What Bill Hicks did was not mere "stand-up". Crowe will never get the accent down, besides Bill's is the story of a kid, turned teenager, turned young adult, dead at 32. Russell Crowe is Australian and 44. Bill Hicks was a prophet. There are a lot of them, it's not heresy to say so.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    to STAR in it sounds wrong to me...

    by Maniaq

    props to the man's acting abilities but I just don't see it...

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Bill Hicks WAS a Texan

    by ironburl

    It doesn't matter that he got here when he was 7. He was a real Texan. Just not native=-born. It's all right, he's not from Texas. Texas wants him anyway.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Whoever said this was contrary to what Bill stood for..

    by DOGSOUP

    ..is absolutely right. Crowe and anyone else who stands to profit off this...suckers of Satans Cock every last one of them. Swallow that black worm jism...

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    I always thought Hicks was just a cynical asshole

    by krushjudgement

    Being cynical doesn't always translate to funny- or intelligent. I know it "takes one to know one" and all that, so yeah- I'm qualified.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Bill Hicks was a lot of things, and I dug him for everyone of em

    by alucardvsdracula

    Asshole? Check. Angry? Check. Provocative? Check. Necessary? Fuckin A. God-like or Satan-like? Right on both counts. Anyway he gave Dennis Leary a career when he died.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    And my favourite joke of his...

    by alucardvsdracula

    There's way too many to pick, but I pissed myself over Satan getting married, becoming pussy whipped then having to mow the lawn. Brilliant.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    I could play a better Hicks than Crowe...

    by The Dum Guy

    I'm from Texas, slightly over-weight and I've had people say I remind them of Hicks since I was around 13 (the whole beach thing).

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST

    hoffman couldnt get bruce...no way can crowe get

    by bacci40

    hicks...comedy isnt about repeating lines...and it cant be done with multiple takes...it has to be intimate and in your face...and you have to feel it...and hicks was a disturbed genius...there is a reason why the world has become the pos it is now...we dont have the hicks' and bruce's around to point out the bullshit

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:12 a.m. CST

    octagonproplex....leary better than hicks?

    by bacci40

    you are a tool of infitinite proportions

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST

    On: TOOL

    by The Dum Guy

    <br>I've heard Eulogy is about Jesus, or L. Ron Hubbard.<br>

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Only on an AICN TB would I be told...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    That Bill Hicks was overrated and nobody cared about him until he was dead. Told by people whose age was in single digets when he died as well.<p> I went to college in the UK in the early 90s. Bill Hicks was a huge part of my life, I saw him multiple times live, and his death was a huge thing to me. <p> And, if you are talking about Hicks in terms of funny, you are missing the whole point. If Hicks had the choice of getting a laugh with a punchline, or making a point, he went with the latter every time. Which is why he was a God. Even if you hate what he said, at least he was fucking up there saying it, not just reworking another comic's routine, that was probably just a rework of an earlier comic's routine anyway.<p> Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the weather.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Funny as heck but....

    by DylanAveryIsScum

    ....the only thing I remember about Bill Hicks, was watching his material and laughing my ass off while at the same time actually buying into his JFK crap. If he was alive today would he still believe conspiracy theories? I hope not. "Back and to the left".....jeez. At the time it made so much sense. Later I read that it was the equivelant of Full Retard forensics. It's not that simple Bill!!!! Hope that JFK bit isn't what people are referring to when they call him a 'prophet'. He was funny, and some of the stuff he said really was insightful....but enough of the pedestal job already.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Ive collected two autographs in my life.

    by Mundungus

    Bill hicks was one. <p> I don't care if Crowe or whomever plays him as long as they do a good job. I don't even care that much that people might make money on Bill Hick's name and Fame, what matters to me is that more people learn about him then go on to discover his work for themselves. In that way Bill is not silenced.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Why do we need this? Biopics, as we know them, are obsolete.

    by Wonder Man

    The more that the documentary form matures and evolves into both a factual document and a form of entertainment, and with people much more willing to see docus on the big screen these days, the more I believe that your traditional 'biopic' is a thing of the past. Why see some actor impose their personality upon a great life when we can see an energetic, even-handed exploration of the real thing, with actual footage, interviews with people who ACTUALLY knew/loved/hated/were influenced by him, and -- most crucially -- a filmmaker with complete understanding of what's at the heart of his subject's significance. Check out GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF HUNTER S THOMPSON, or NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD, or any number of great documentaries looking at a certain icon, time or place with verve, intelligence and no sentimental Hollywood horseshit. Oh, hang on: could this be it? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1179947/ Let's hope...

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:23 a.m. CST

    PS. Check out TRUMBO as well.

    by Wonder Man

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:57 a.m. CST

    You have to remember Alonzo

    by elab49

    that Hicks was much bigger in the UK when he was still alive - his rep skyrocketed in the US after he was dead (although he was still significant before that, just not as widely known). That wasn't the case over here. Crowe - hell, no. A biog - frankly the same. Anyone who wants one really hasn't seen him or heard his stuff. Not far from his opinion on actors doing ads. If you want to pay tribute, dig out his suggested TV idea.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Alonzo

    by benito

    I didn't say nobody cared about Kicks before he died, but the guy has been perversely deified post mortem. As for your contention that his philosophy was what made his routine great, I think you are overreaching. Those of us who have expressed bewilderment at this guy's god status have not done so merely because his jokes weren't funny (they were okay), but exactly because the content of what he had to say was often just your predictable anti establishment, anti conformist, angry guy yelling at a family function rants. Most of us got that out of our system and moved onto more sophisticated thinking and discourse by the time high school ended. Hicks was passing it off as revelatory in his thirties. Don't think me wrong... he was ok. But he's not exactly unique, and he certainly wasn't any kind of 'prophet'. Like I said, for some truly funny, truly insightful, humanist, counterculture, philosophical, proselytizing standup - see Kitson, Daniel. ...He puts Hicks to shame.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Hmm

    by my liege

    I always though David Duchnovny would play Bill Hicks. A bit too tall though. John Ritter would've been next choice. A bit too dead though.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Hmm I think I'd prefer

    by TheSentinel

    This may sound a little out there, but after watching him in Californication, I think I'd like to see David Duchovny take the role - he's got good comic timing and a naturally dry sense of humour and I think he could carry off the role pretty well. He may not look the part in quite the way that Crowe does, and I think Crowe could be fine, but I think DD would be better at this...

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Much needed

    by Thall_Joben

    Every day Bush has been in office I've wished Bill would come back from the grave and spit roast the fucker with Doug Stanhope. He was one of the smartest guys in America. The government could do with much more vocal disrespect than it gets. Not sure about Russel playing him, but a biopic would be great.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 5:03 a.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    by axemurder

    What the fuck does that tool know about hicks.... chas early should play him.....his play Bill Hicks:slight return was amazing

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 5:07 a.m. CST

    octagonproplex

    by axemurder

    you twat leary stole his whole act from hicks even some of the actual lines and then he sold it to MTV, fucking idiot.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Big mistake

    by Cobb05

    Crowe is too old to play hicks. Also, I've never seen any signs that Crowe can do a comedic role justice, let alone play a comedian. Dustin Hoffan played Lenny Bruce and showed that a great actor can't play a great comedian. Tom Hanks played a comedian in Punchline an again showed that a great actor can't play a comedian. And Crowe can't play a comedian. I mean sure, he might be able to get the mannerisms down and he'll be able to do the lines, but to actually show comedic timing and to get the cadence that Hicks had is something you can't just do. I think if you're going to play a comedian, you need to actually know what it's like to play for a crowd. Stand-up is a tough gig and it's not something you can just do, it takes years to hone your craft. This would be like if Terence Howard trying to play Richard Pryor. You can't take on the persona, but you can't duplicate the magic. That's why there hasn't been a Sam Kenison movie. How could actor play Kenison and come off as anything more than a bad impression.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST

    But did that Hicks guy beat up women with phones?

    by Stalin vs Predator

    For there are some roles at which Crowe shines, and throwing blunt object at random women is one of them.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Fuck No

    by ScOttRa

    Bill Hicks is one of the biggest influences on my life but there is no fucking way I will watch Russel fucking Crowe. Hell no. I hate that arrogant overated mother fucker

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Sooo...

    by visceralgristle

    ...this is like when Keven Spacey took when he was 10 years too old to play Bobby Darrin.. so are they gonna have lil' Hicks telling Crowe he's all wrong for the movie? In this case not only is the actor too old, he's too tall, too heavy, and not funny. And Australian. And looks NOTHING like Bill Hicks, facially, except maybe a hangdog expression. I smell Jim Carrey "Man on the Moon" style Oscar Bait.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Love Bill Hicks

    by Mockingbuddha

    Hate Russell Crowe. And Thank God Hicks is dead so I'm allowed to like him by the talkbackers. It just like Jesus. Nobody cared about him till he was dead. And he wasn't as funny as Hicks.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 6:34 a.m. CST

    this could be good

    by surfsup22

    I hope this film is as good as I think it could be.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST

    As much as I love Bill Hicks...

    by rbatty024

    you have to wonder whether, as other people have mentioned, this is just a crass commercial cash in. I'm sure Hicks probably would have thought so. I'm sure the company who owns the copyright to all of Hicks's comedy albums probably thought to themselves, this guy has become really popular since he died, but how do we make money from that?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Learn To Swim!

    by DarfursFeast

    Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA. The only way to fix it is to flush it all away. Any fucking time. any fucking day. Learn to swim, Ill see you down in arizona bay.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Denis Leary got out of stand up..

    by emeraldboy

    because he was sick of the media created rivalary between him and hicks. He knew bill hicks for twenty years and they remained very good friends. He was devasated when hicks died of cancer and he quit smoking soon after. After bill hicks died leary didnt do stand up for a while and went into acting.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    I'm not the most emotionally demonstrative of men..

    by ian216a

    ... I usually go from pleasure to angry - and back again. Strictly two-toned in reflecting my state of mind. But this news made me kinda weepy. I'm not sure that this is what Bill would have wanted - but who am I to say?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Wow, am I the only one...

    by JimCarmichael

    on this talk back, who thinks that if anyone, only Russel Crowe, could pull it off? Although I'm not too crash hot on the idea of making a bio pic of the legend, because most bio pics that have been made, bar say, Ghandi.....*thinking*....okay can't think of anything else, have been turd. But I think far too few people actually know about Bill Hicks. I'm talking about the masses. A bio pic (if we as a collective consciousness wants it to fucking rule and therefore is actually alright) could be bring a bigger, wider awareness or introduction for that matter, of BH to those, say of this generation whom might have not if not for the bio pic. I actually heard it as good news and it made me almost eagre about Crowe, wanting to develop this film. I think it will be a good thing. Crowe is not a crappy actor. Roles in Beautiful Mind and L.A.Confidential are played by the same man. I know it's easy to hate him. Fuck his arrogance and fuck he's Australian ( not too sure about that being a reason to hate him) but fuck he can act. Bill Hicks needs to in school text books. Who's knows what the future has in store.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Love Bill Hicks

    by Ted Brautigan

    The cops knocking on that window, we're looking at him in this mirror. LOL.<p> As for Denis Leary, I like him too. As of last year he was still smoking though.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    JOSEPH GORDON LEAVITT for Hicks!

    by Rex Manning

    Crowe is in his 40s, Hicks DIED in his early 30s. Like I have been saying on other talkbacks; Joseph Gordon Leavitt with a few extra pounds would be perfect! Check out this pic; http://tinyurl.com/63tj5g

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Love Bill Hicks' politics....didn't think much of his standup

    by Magic Rat

    Really, he wasn't THAT funny.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Biggest bad idea in the whole history of bad ideas.

    by Duke_Whittington

    Love Hicks...Loved him before he died. Problem is, how many biopics of comedians/rock stars are there that don't feel like TV movie of the week?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    what about...

    by chemicalbrotha

    I think Paul Giamatti would be perfect! He's voice already sounds similar and they can make him look taller.He would do it justice.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    KEVIN SPACEY KEVIN SPACEY KEVIN SPACEY !

    by qball86

    Sorry, i hate to spam, but we gotta get this as a rumour, or at least talked about..... KEVIN SPACEY!!!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    I'm going to take some shit for this....

    by RockLobster800

    but its worth saying...okay, I like Bill Hicks politics. But he's not funny. He's just a sensible guy stating pretty much obvious stuff, in an incredibly condescending manner (I swear, watch his shows and count the amount of times he literally stoops down to the audience and says things like "do you GET that-you UNDERSTAND me?"),. Now I've never lived in America so I maybe I dont get his impact-maybe he was the first to point out this stuff to a mass audience. and yeah, most of the things he says are correct-I agree with him. but he is NOT FUNNY. His "better than thou" delivery of material that are more genral statement than comedy material makes him not just a poor comedian but A TERRIBLE one. The guy should have been a politician-or just a social preacher of some sort.If he was a straight author, I would have read him, if he was presidential candidate I would have given him support (providing he didnt talk down to his audience at his speeches too), but as a comedian...never once made me burst out laughing.I just sat going "hey, he's right-what he just said is pretty much correct". The only time I ever giggled at him was when he aske the audience if they were non smokers and they gave him a cheer and then he lit up on stage calling them whiney self rigteous shits-that was funny (and Im a non smoker myself). But Ive watched A LOT of this guy and thats he only funny thing he did. So go on an tear me a new one....but all Im saying is that he was a pretty smart guy who made some spot on observations, but was just wasnt funny. I remeber I heard he said he was "Noam Chomsky with dick jokes"...well maybe it would have been better had he followed Chomsky and became an author instead of a comedian cos then maybe I could get on board with the Hicks hype. Commence killing me then, Im ready for it.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I can't believe the Hicks critics

    by jmyoung666

    Carlin is number one in my book, but Hicks is in my top 5 for all time greats. Listen to "Dangerous." If you don't think that album is funny, there is something wrong with you.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Also loved him before he died,

    by jmyoung666

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    "who battled drug and alcohol abuse"

    by jimbubble

    Sorry I missed that one. More shite journalism from those trying to create headlines that never existed! Fxcking genius that will never ever be forgotten,so why make a fxcking film of his life??? When he wasn`t onstage he wasn`t a very exciting guy,so why make a movie! Oh I know,the cocksuckers in Hollywood trying to drain every drop of decency left in this world for profit!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    I wonder if he ever...

    by JLo

    caught a Gideon?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    I think it would be great...

    by JLo

    If they had Crowe looking for Gidea in the movie.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Alex Jones is like...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    ...the unfunny second coming of Bill Hicks.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    even better....

    by JLo

    they should have Crowe wipping out an entire civilization with a grey gym sock. I think that would be great in the movie.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Bill Hicks

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Anybody that doesn't laugh at the clip above has had a sense of humour bypass.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    how about...

    by JLo

    Jimi Hendrix cutting Debbie Gibson in half with his cock, now that's some funny shit. I think that could be a great dramatic scene in the new movie. Bill would have wanted it that way.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    "Nobody knew him until he died"...

    by Kentucky Colonel

    BULLSHIT! <p> I got turned onto Bill via his HBO One Night Stand in 1991, bought both "Dangerous" and "Relentless" on cassette (remember those?) and was shocked to learn of his death, which they announced on the "Comedy Awards" that year. <p> Bill was no mere comic, which is why the unelightened might not get him. He was a Prophet, an Agent of Evoloution. <p> I miss ya, Bill! But I'm keeping the Faith! <p> Clam Lappers, UNITE! <p> GOAT BOY for PREZIDENT!!!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Leary got out of standup...

    by visceralgristle

    because he lost his main wellspring of original comedy when Hicks kicked the bucket. Bill was once asked why he quit smoking (briefly) in the early 90's, and he said "I wanted to see if Dennis would do it too".

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Some advice on the new movie..

    by JLo

    leave those 'Fucking' scenes in, you know for continuity sake.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    "I've tossed universes...in my underpants...while napping!"

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I'm a huge Bill Hicks fan and I find this film development very interesting. Although I think Crowe is too big, too old, and too Australian to play Hicks, I'm glad to see that the overall idea appears to be in some rather capable hands. Who knows...it could turn out to be very worthwhile and I'm sure Hicks would have been stoked. (Even though he would never admit it. Heh.)

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    I saw Bill Hicks at a club once...

    by Kid Z

    ...back in the early 90's a few years before he died. He was hilarious. Laughed so much my stomach hurt the next day. He seemed to start a trend of edgy, insanely funny comedians dying way too young. What gives with that shit, anyway?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    little known fact for the movie

    by JLo

    Bill Hicks went through two lighters a day.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    "It's always funny until someone gets hurt...

    by Kid Z

    ...and then it's just hilarious".

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Bill Hicks

    by JLo

    I saw him in Austin Texas I guess it was right before he died and it was some of the best stuff I've seen live. Laughed my ass off, it is ashamed he's gone.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    PERFECT CASTING!

    by FleshMachine

    brilliant. Hicks deserves the best.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Mode_7

    by JLo

    You bring up a good point, does RC have a sense of humor? Maybe someone here could answer that.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST

    The word “dinosaur” was originally coined in 1841...

    by aRTCy

    more than three thousand years after the Bible first referred to as “Tanniyn” (dragon) Behemoth has the following attributes according to Job 40:15-24 It “eats grass like an ox.” It “moves his tail like a cedar.” (In Hebrew, this literally reads, “he lets hang his tail like a cedar.”) Its “bones are like beams of bronze, His ribs like bars of iron.” “He is the first of the ways of God.” “He lies under the lotus trees, In a covert of reeds and marsh.” Leviathan has the following attributes according to Job chapter 41, Psalm 104:25,26 and Isaiah 27:1. This is only a partial listing—just enough to make the point. “No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up.” “Who can open the doors of his face, with his terrible teeth all around?” “His rows of scales are his pride, shut up tightly as with a seal; one is so near another that no air can come between them; they are joined one to another, they stick together and cannot be parted.” “His sneezings flash forth light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. Out of his mouth go burning lights; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke goes out of his nostrils, as from a boiling pot and burning rushes. His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth.” “Though the sword reaches him, it cannot avail; nor does spear, dart, or javelin. He regards iron as straw, and bronze as rotten wood. The arrow cannot make him flee; slingstones become like stubble to him. Darts are regarded as straw; he laughs at the threat of javelins.” “On earth there is nothing like him, which is made without fear.” Leviathan “played” in the “great and wide sea” (a paraphrase of Psalm 104 verses 25 and 26—get the exact sense by reading them yourself). Leviathan is a “reptile [a] that is in the sea.” (Isaiah 27:1)

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Never going to happen

    by Goatboy

    The username probably gives away my allegiances here, but I don't see this happening. Maybe when Hicks died, sure ride the biopic train and harnass the sudden "cool" of somebody dying. But 14years after the fact? And Gladiator opening a movie about an awesome but marginal comic who died years back? Thankfully, I doubt any suits are going to give him the money to do it. Ideal casting as Hicks? Eric Bogosian. A tubby, punchy Australian doesn't spring to mind. So whilst this project sounds like a good idea, it's a tad too far fetched. And I thank fucking god for that, the last thing this world needs are more waterheads trying to elbow their way onto the Hicks bus "cos of that movie"

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    aRTCY

    by JLo

    Sounds more like a dragon to me.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    If that clip is representative of Hicks' talent....

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    <br><br><br>...Then he was a boring, shitty, and unfunny comic who simply isn't worthy of a biography, much less a career (or a pulse, apparently)<br><Br><br>

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    one more note for the movie...

    by JLo

    There has got to be a face off between the Hooligans and the Bloods. One epic battle between the two gangs. Bill would have wanted it that way.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Finally a movie about Hicks

    by moviemaniac-7

    About fucking time, although I am not too sure about Crowe. But he might surprise us. "Go back to sleep America, you government is in control..."

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Which clip is visible here?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I'm unable to view it while OTJ.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    ShiftyEyedDog 2

    by JLo

    if you have never listen to Bill Hicks I highly recomend it. No one here can do him justice and I really don't think any movie will do him justice either. <p>His stuff is funny and has a point.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    If you think Hicks wasn't funny

    by gavdiggity

    you should probably kill yourself (same goes for if you're in marketing or advertising). Or go back to watching Blue Collar Comedy Tour. I'm sure it's on someplace. <P> As for Crowe as Hicks, I remain skeptical.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST

    "It's 'You're Wrong' Night... It's 'No Sympathy' Night."

    by ebonic_plague

    ShiftyEyedDouche, it's unfortunate that there isn't a legal hunting season to cull people like you.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I don't see a clip

    by JLo

    Did someone post a clip?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I think a better question is...

    by gavdiggity

    will there be terminally ill stunt-grannies in this?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    MNG

    by ebonic_plague

    It's the "Dinosaurs in the Bible" bit.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    I'm looking at the inside cover of Tool's Aenima album...

    by OptimusBob

    There's a picture of Bill Hicks there and whilst I do admit there is an uncanny resemblance between Crowe and Hicks, I don't know if a) Crowe could pull it off or b) This project should even be considered as it could just end up Hollywood Biopic Fluff. For it to work it would have to be a true indie flick on a modest/low budget and avoid all the usual biopic trappings like the above posters have said.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Bill Hick's first TV show

    by JLo

    "Lets hunt and kill Billy Ray Cirrus" Was that on CBS?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    ebonic_plague

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Ah, ok. Thanks!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    ShiftyEyedDog2

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Hicks was an "unusual" comedian. Especially in his later days. His stand-up became more like a preacher-meets-barn burner firestorm that challenged his audience (and in some cases, flat-out offended them). But in the end, he always brought the funny (especially when he had to dig himself out of a comedy hole).<P>If nothing else, Bill's Gulf War/President Bush material is worth checking out simply for the uncanny parallel debacle we find ourselves in today. I have little doubt that he is SCREAMING from the grave on that little issue.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Would people be mad..

    by Hobblesnakes

    if John Cusack were going to star?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    to the above poster

    by JLo

    Hicks is just one of the funny ones that died to early.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Will Crowe fuck up the punchline and say...

    by gavdiggity

    "G'day, you lizard scum?"

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Giamatti or Spacey...

    by thekylegassproject

    are far better suited for this...

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST

    actually - octagon raises a valid point.

    by thekylegassproject

    so my vote is PAUL GIAMATTI!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    BANNING

    by thekylegassproject

    yeah but hicks died at 32. how old is Spacey again?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST

    oh shit.

    by thekylegassproject

    you said CROWE isn't too old to play hicks. my bad. thought you were chiming in on spacey. i read to fast.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    This talkback is like..

    by Harold-Sherbort

    "A whisp of cotton candy framing a papercut." Sorry. Had to do it.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    has april fools day arrived early?

    by earlfist

    cannot help thinking that goat boy would find this bewildering to say the least. Crowe is too old and franky would flounder playing the lead in a Carrottop biopic. I can't see what a movie on Hicks would achieve. It's a story of a man with a great message for his country and the world, so God decides to bump him off before he can pass it on. At least in britain we got Hicks whilst he was clive. I saw at the Dominion and have never seen an audience that held. The dark poet would be an impossible act to imitate. Hope this goes away.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    has april fools day arrived early?

    by earlfist

    cannot help thinking that goat boy would find this bewildering to say the least. Crowe is too old and franky would flounder playing the lead in a Carrottop biopic. I can't see what a movie on Hicks would achieve. It's a story of a man with a great message for his country and the world, so God decides to bump him off before he can pass it on. At least in britain we got Hicks whilst he was clive. I saw at the Dominion and have never seen an audience that held. The dark poet would be an impossible act to imitate. Hope this goes away.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Wanna know why Dennis Leary got all the money and Hicks got fuck

    by alucardvsdracula

    Because there's no cure for cancer.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Those yelling cash-in...

    by skimn

    Outside of those who have seen him in concert or on TV, not many in the general public knew of Bill Hicks. So if a Hollywood biopic increases the exposure of his material, so be it. And I think if Crowe has anything, it is integrity, so I think it would be done well.<p>Milos Foreman did Man In The Moon, why not this?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Crowe is officially Downey Jr Thunder Character

    by irrelevntelefant

    if he thinks he can pull off Hicks

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    "It is understood that Crowe is considering"

    by skimn

    That's a lot a vague wording. Crowe could be developing the material, and pass it on to star someone else...

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    "A whisp of cotton candy framing a papercut."

    by irrelevntelefant

    fucking classic.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    idonotseekabanning, you are a retard

    by irrelevntelefant

    hicks died at 32 years old, started in comedy at 15. his prime years were in his 20's AND CROWE IS CURRENTLY 44, THAT IS WHY HE IS TO OLD!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Be-elzaBozo would be pissed

    by irrelevntelefant

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    To everyone saying..

    by Harold-Sherbort

    that Hick's talked down to his audience, you need to hear his bit about being stuck at a red light. I'm paraphrasing here, and it's better to hear him say it, but it went something like this: "Why is it that the first person in line when the light turns green is the last to see the light turn. I'm stuck at a red light behind a bunch of cars. The light turns green, the guys just sittin there. Hey buddy the lights green. It's not gettin any greener. Go. Go. GO! GO! GO!. Then the guy sputters through the light as it's turning yellow. And I'm stuck at the same fucking light thinkin' I hope this guy dies on the way home. I hope a train splits him two and his kids can watch both halves of their moron daddy wiggle like worms on the hot pavement. Then behind me I hear GO!! Hey, I never said I was perfect." Again, it's better when you hear him say it, but you get the point.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    but does Grandma get to meet Chuck Norris?

    by irrelevntelefant

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    WOW!!

    by Harold-Sherbort

    That guy does look like Mitch!! Holy shit!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    It would be a tough one

    by papabendi

    Hicks was a master on the stage. There's a good book of his life called 'Agent of Evolution' He used the mic as a tool in itself. I saw him play in Manchester UK in 1993, his last tour here. The man was sharp.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:12 p.m. CST

    one of the hardest thing

    by papabendi

    for any actor to capture about Hicks is his timing. He had perfect timing.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Seriously, if you don't find Hicks funny...

    by alucardvsdracula

    Go find a fucking soul, or Kill yourself. We miss you goat father.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    for looks alone

    by papabendi

    I'd go for Joseph Gordon Levitt.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Real important news for non-smokers...

    by irrelevntelefant

    Non-smokers die every day...

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    nathan fillion

    by ian216a

    yeah Captain Hammer for Goat Boy. Probably still too old - but less of a stretch than ol' Maxipad. The Capt. could carry the humour and the anger I think.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST

    "Pull up G13. What does G13 do?..."

    by irrelevntelefant

    "Sez hear it destroys everything but the fillings in their teeth" <p> "cool... what does G14 do?"

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    James McAvoy as h

    by irrelevntelefant

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    McAvoy as Hicks

    by irrelevntelefant

    Could have the look, but definitely has the acting chops to pull it off.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST

    or even Ryan Gossling

    by irrelevntelefant

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:58 p.m. CST

    "I heard some anti castro

    by papabendi

    pigeons in a bar. They were going 'coo coo'"

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    "Snickers satisfies you"

    by irrelevntelefant

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    jaw hits floor

    by OfficerJunior

    not totally relevent but my girlfriend suggested Jimmy Kimel as Bill Hicks. Good thing she's not a casting agent. Damn,I gotta find a new girlfriend.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    "I don't mean to sound cold, or cruel..."

    by ebonic_plague

    "...but I am, so that's how it comes out."

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Bill would be shooting wax darts right now...

    by irrelevntelefant

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Please no...

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Never heard of this guy, but judging by that clip he doesn't seem funny at all, and Crowe would be too old to play him anyway. Just make a sequel to Master and Commander Russell - you haven't been in a hit movie in 5 years!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Politics in America by Bill Hicks

    by irrelevntelefant

    "I think the puppet on the right shares my belief." <p>" I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking" <p. "hey there's one guy holding both puppets!" <P> "SHUT UP AND GO BACK TO BED AMERICA, YOUR GOVERNMENT IS IN CONTROL. HERE'S AMERICAN GLADIATOR, WATCH THIS AND GET FAT AND STUPID"

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Rant In E Minor

    by gavdiggity

    listen to it, and love brother Hicks the way I do.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST

    hey, there's one guy working both puppets!

    by irrelevntelefant

    SHUT UP AND GO TO BED AMERICA, YOUR GOVERNMENT IS IN CONTROL. <P> HERE, WATCH AMERICAN GLADIATORS AND GET FAT AND STUPID!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Sorry Charlie

    by Harold-Sherbort

    Don't judge him by that clip. Do your own research, you may or may not find something you might like.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    if you dont like hicks' humor

    by FleshMachine

    then u r likely one of the unconscious lemmings he targeted. he was brilliant. if it weren't for him guys like david cross (also brilliant) would not be doing what they do.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    "anyone here work in marketing?....

    by FleshMachine

    please kill yourselves....seriously"

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    to those who say "he's not funny"

    by FleshMachine

    you mean in your opinion. he was a "comic" who made many people laugh (me included). you cant say he's not funny. dane cook..now there's not funny. dang...stung by mine own sword. Like the band Rush..i love Rush..some say they suck...but you can't say that...you can say you don't like them, but you can't say they suck. I'm going to get laid now. bye.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    If you're going to quote Bill Hicks...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...at least provide a quote long enough to make sense. Example:<P>"It is hard to quit smoking. Every one of them looks real good to me right about now. Every cigarette looks like it was made by God, rolled by Jesus and moistened shut with Claudia Schiffer's pussy."

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    "I can speak for every guy here..."

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    "...in this room tonight. Guys, if you could blow yourselves, ladies... you'd be in this room alone right now... watching an empty stage."<P>"Boy, my folks are proud of me. "Bill, honey, you still doing that Suck-Your-Own-Cock bit?"

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    James Franco as Bill Hicks

    by pokadoo

    Russell Crowe can cameo as Andrew Dice Clay if he wants.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Pokadoo, I'll go Geek to your Freak...

    by mjgtexas

    John Francis Daily. He has that beanpole look Bill had as a lad and could probably fit the 16 year timeline...Jonah Hill as Kinison, Russell Brand as Booth, the red headed guy from House as The Thief, Donal Logue as Leno, and Jon Voight as Satan.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    I pass by where Hicks got his start everyday.

    by mjgtexas

    Unfortunately, The former Comedy Annex transformed into your local neighborhood Blockbuster a decade ago.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 5 p.m. CST

    Comedy Annex into Blockbuster

    by gavdiggity

    Bill probably would've appreciated the irony.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Denis Leary as himself... that'll be the day

    by Heckles

    Depending on who writes this flick, Leary might not come out looking to good.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    just a thought...

    by stickmangrit

    rather than a traditional biopic, why not mix in some of the bits. and by that i don't mean Crowe on a stage reciting them, i mean Crowe in the Waffle House dealing with the waitress, or telling the christians to forgive him after a show, or dancing to the cop's lights. and get Elijah Wood riding a unicorn and eating the egg.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    "Dennis Leary is funnier"

    by ironburl

    Yeah right, and Badfinger was better than the Beatles, The Black Crowes are better than the Rolling Stones, and George W. Bush was fucking Abe Lincoln. Dennis Leary is a pustule on the ass of humanity. The VERY first time I saw Leary on MTV, I knew he was Ripping off Bill Hicks.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Crowe would actually make a really good Hicks I think...

    by The Grug

    Unlike so many of his roles, he'd actually have the physicality to match this one. Count me interested.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    How about Sam Kinison movie?

    by hallmitchell

    It wouldn't make much. Yet I thought his story would be better than Bill Hicks or Andy Kaufman.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST

    "Quivering Pink Bunny Nostril"

    by Mockingbuddha

    "I bet your asshole tastes better than most girls pussies." Oh and Dennis Leary? Not in the same league. Not even close. He's a little closer to Adam Sandler standup. Yes I was impressed by him in High School, but come on. At his peak he was no Hicks. I'm sort of glad Hicks died before he could see what Brokeback Bushie did to the country after ninelelven. I think Paul Giamati would be a great Bill Hicks, and a great lead in every movie based on a Philip K. Dick story. He should have been the lead in Minority Report instead whoever the fuck that was, and he should have been Neo in A Scanner Darkly.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    if hicks had lived, maher, leary, and miller would all be

    by irrelevntelefant

    writers on his show.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOO!! Bill Hicks would fecking hate Crowe!!

    by Damien Chowder

    Shittest news today!!! Damn good actor but a terrible human being.... Sheeeeeeee-it!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    W would have resigned after 4 months

    by irrelevntelefant

    Hicks would have driven him back to coke and alcohol. <p> at which point, Hicks would actually come to really like coked-up-drunk W.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Heard this from a co-worker...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...Who has zero interest in movies, about 3 months ago. Fucking weird. I thought he was just being strange.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Hey Crowe, why don't you have McG direct

    by irrelevntelefant

    right after he recovers from getting his ass handed to him over McSpaced.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:43 p.m. CST

    RELIGIOUS NUTS

    by Jose_Jones

    I can already see the footage of them picketing this Film on Good Morning America, and then saying "A New Russel Crowe film has kicked up some Controversy, A Film about stand-up Comedian Bill Hicks, has some Religious folk, not laughing (or) Heckling the Stage"....MAN I should write for those Ass clowns...Bill Hicks Film has to a have a Cameo from Maynard of TOOL, he is a Bill Hicks NUT!

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    WHY BILL HICKS IS A PROPHET

    by FilmZ0mbie

    I'm the guy who used the phrase. It doesn't have anything to do with his opinion on the JFK assassination. His views on psycho active substances for one thing. Also worth noting is the fact that he was one of the first comics to differentiate between the positives of spirituality and the negatives of religion. Bill Hicks was privy to the idea that a possible explanation for man's evolution was the taking of stuff like Mushrooms, Peyote etc. <p> But the main thing that makes Bill Hicks a prophet are the following words: <p> The world is like a ride at an amusement park. It goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: Is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, "Hey - don't worry, don't be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride...” But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. Jesus - murdered; Martin Luther King - murdered; Malcolm X - murdered; Gandhi - murdered; John Lennon - murdered; Reagan... wounded. But it doesn't matter because: It's just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST

    bill hicks was an average american 'comedian'

    by ironic_name

    i.e. = not very funny.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Hey, ironic_name

    by DylanAveryIsScum

    I have to ask, if you don't think American comedy is any good, who makes you laugh? Bradley Walsh? Joe Pasquale? The Chuckle Brothers? Our American cousins may not have heard of such comedy giants. Who have they got? Lenny Bruce...Richard Pryor...Jerry Seinfeld...Bill Hicks...Robin Williams...Chris Rock... Nah, you're right, Americans are SO not funny(!)

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Bill Hicks?

    by Abominable Snowcone

    They're making a bio about my plummer?

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Hicks = Legend

    by Fixthe Fernback

    I'm not a big Crowe fan, but I think he could pull it off, but the real bonus is the clout that Crowe would bring enabling it to have much larger budget and ultimately large audience, so Bill's comedy and philosophies would get out to a much larger audience. <P>Let us hope this'll become Oscar material.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Was in a bookstore this afternoon..

    by mrfan

    and saw a paperback about the comedian's life. Now, I am not a big fan of his work. I know who he is. The cover of the book had a picture of Hicks. Crowe could pass for his brother. There are some similarities. Would be an interesting challenge and role for Crowe. I wish him the best.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Bad Move

    by throwingpies

    Yeah, Crowe = Zero Range He tries, but he doesn't.

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