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Albert Brooks To Play Deadly Mobster Opposite Mulligan, Gosling and Cranston in DRIVE, From The Director Of BRONSON!!

I am – Hercules!! Genius comedian/filmmaker Albert Brooks, whose big-screen métier has been trafficking in frustrated nebbishes, will play badass New York mobster Bernie Rose in “Drive,” based on the 2004 James Sallis novel about a Los Angeles getaway driver. Impossible? Remember how great Bill Murray was as the mob boss in “Mad Dog and Glory”? Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (“Bronson”) from a screenplay by Hossein Amini (“Killshot”), “Drive” stars also Ryan Gosling (“Lars and the Real Girl”), Carey Mulligan (“An Education,” “Wall Street II”) and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”). Find all of the Deadline’s story on the matter, which also indicates Brooks has written a sci-fi novel due next year, here.
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  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by Wonko

    Sounds cool

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by boardbrtn


  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by MrDexter

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    is this based on the fox tv show

    by BandysTract

    i sure do wonder what they were all driving for

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Bronson is the closest thing to a Kubrick film in 10 years.

    by Neck_Lucas

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    just glad to see Albert Brooks back in somehing

    by future help

    Real Life (or) Reel Life is on one of my ALL time greatest Comedies List.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Four of the best comedies

    by Hercules

    in the history of history: <p>Real Life <br>Modern Romance <br>Lost in America <br>Defending Your Life <p>A bird lives in a ROUND STICK!!

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Albert Brooks is a comedian?

    by torontoxic

    Okay Nicolas Winding Refn...time to shine. Killshot was an okay script though the parts with some weird "Toronto mafia" were horribly phoned in. <P> This has a lot of potential.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    This could be a stroke of genius.

    by ColonelFatheart

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    See: Michael Palin in BRAZIL

    by Dr Lizardo

    I can totally see this. The right comedian in the right evil role can work really, really well.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Best nebbish to mob boss switch

    by Xiphos_2

    Was king of the nebbish actors David Paymer in the TV show Line of Fire. Damn he was great in that quickly canceled show.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    A.I. was the closest thing to Kubrick in 10 years

    by JackSlater4

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST


    by Hercules

    yeah he was!

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Why is everyone obsessed with "The Next Kubrick"?

    by ColonelFatheart

    Yes, there are directors who employ "Kubrickian" touches, but if they're going to be great, they're going to make their own names and people will begin to look for the next one of them. <p>BRONSON was indeed very good, and it was somewhat reminiscent of Kubrick, but it felt like I was watching the work of a director with a mostly original, unique style. It's not fair to Refn to keep throwing the Kubrick comparisons at him. Let his movies stand on their own.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Another good nebbish to mob boss:

    by ColonelFatheart

    Larry David in Scorsese's "movie" on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Cranston's X-Files episode is titled "Drive..."

    by DanielKurland


  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Defending Your Life is an almost perfect movie

    by BadMrWonka

    just so well done. every joke hits, and the story is actually pretty moving, in a cute way. and the (very small) twist ending is actually really clever, and no one ever sees it coming.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Hank Scorpio!

    by donduck

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Real Life and Defending Your Life

    by Josh Acid

    Are two of my favorite movies of all time. I like Lost In America, and parts of Modern Romance but I kind of lump that one in with his more forgettable later movies like The Muse and Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World. Real Life is one of the most quoted movies between my brother and myself, and I'm man enough to admit that the ending of Defending Your Life makes me cry every time.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    That's fucking stellar talent. Sounds great!

    by MMacKK

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Any love for the Pusher trilogy on AICN?

    by eggbeater

    I love those movies. Especially the first one.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by Tar Heel

    Other than voicework (Nemo, Simpsons movie) my last recollection of Albert Brooks was as the robbery victim in "Out of Sight." Wow, was that really 1998?

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    William Hurt in A History of Violence...

    by TenderBranson

    just keeping the topic going...

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Nobody remembers Mad Dog and Glory

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Bryan Cranston was nebbish in everything prior Breaking Bad

    by dailysportspages

    Hell he was nebbish in Breaking Bad during the first part of the show. <br> Well Cranston did play Lucifer on some mediocre show about fallen angels.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Sounds fantastic

    by Derrida77

    Great source novel, great cast and a great director

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Defending Your Life is great!

    by THEE Miracleman

    Rip Torn kicks ass.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    LOST IN AMERICA was funny

    by frank cotton

    but not that funny. lots of comedians have made great villians, so i guess it could work

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Defending Your Life,

    by Hercules

    according to Garry Shandling, landed Torn his Larry Sanders job. <p> Another Legacy of Brooks!!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Hank Scorpio!

    by Drsambeckett1984

    "You Only Move Twice" one of my favourite Simpsons episodes, definitely the one I quote the most!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Everybody SHOULD remember Mad Dog & Glory

    by havocSchultz

    because of Uma's tits... Nebbish nipples...

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    I remember Mad Dog & Glory

    by Hot_Nikks

    ...Actually, all I remember about that movie was Uma Thurman's jubblies... and that the movie sucked...

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    This book is solid.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    High hopes for this one, although even the previous Neil Marshall/Hugh Jackman announcement a few years ago would've been fine.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Every Nebbish Has a Cruel Bad-Ass Inside


    Albert Brooks will knock this role out of the park. Don't know if the movie will be good, but I can pretty much guarantee that Albert Brooks will kill.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Mad Dog & Glory

    by Buffalo500

    love the film. Great cast, De Niro, Thurman, Murray and of course David Caruso, all on fine form.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    He was great on Weeds

    by paulloch

    Bitter and Angry, with a tinge of humanity. No one does that better. i.e. Broadcast News. He used to kill every time he went on Carson. Brooks doing DeNiro/Travis Bickle, had Johnny on the floor.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    "Brosnon" Similarities to Clockwork Orange were too distracting

    by MST3KPIMP

    The way it was shot, the music and editing were such an "homage" to clockwork that I really couldnt respect it aside from the leads performance. Just came off as a film students self-indulgent Kubrick fetish.