Jack Nicholson Could Be Robert Downey Jr.'s Pappy In THE JUDGE!
Would you like to see a juicy courtroom drama starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Nicholson? Of course you would! Would you like to see one directed by David Dobkin (FRED CLAUS, THE CHANGE-UP) and written by Nick Schenk (ROBOCOP remake, GRAN TORINO)? Probably not!
Split the difference, and maybe THE JUDGE will end up being a enjoyable night out at the movies. The good news is that, according to THR's Borys Kit, Downey is producing and handling the rewrite - which means he'll basically be running the show throughout the shoot. The story concerns an attorney (Downey) who returns home for his mother's funeral only to learn that his Alzheimer's-ailing father (Nicholson) has been charged with her murder. He is then compelled to defend his father in court, which, according to Kit, leads to him "becoming a better person". That's nice.
Nicholson is currently in the "being courted" stage, but if Downey really wants him, he'll get him. I love the pairing, but the project sounds dreadfully dull. Prove me wrong, guys!
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Nov. 13, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST
by ray a
Nov. 13, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST
JACK NICHOLSON IS MY FAVORITE ACTOR AND I WISH HE WOULD HAVE LET "THE DEPARTED" BY HIS SWAN SONG!!!FACT!!!
Nov. 13, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST
by ray a
Nov. 13, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST
by ben sheppard
Nov. 13, 2012, 9:41 p.m. CST
by Norman Colson
Nov. 13, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST
So then he'll be begging to be re-signed as Iron Man for another 10 movies. Win-Win.
Nov. 13, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST
And the truth is, this won't happen.
Nov. 13, 2012, 10:04 p.m. CST
This sounds like another one.
Nov. 13, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST
That sounds a lot more interesting. Also suggest we wont be seeing Inherent Vice for a long time.
Nov. 13, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST
Downey's getting old. What is he like 56? They should go with Josh Hartnett or Liam Hemsworth.
Nov. 13, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST
Liam Hemsworth or Josh Hartnett? Holy shit those are terrible choices for ANY film, much less Iron Man
Nov. 13, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST
I just felt like posting something. Those actors are terrible. Gonna be hard to replace RDJ when the time comes.
Nov. 13, 2012, 10:58 p.m. CST
Yeah, it fucking isn't. -Namaste-
Nov. 13, 2012, 11:12 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Name the last truly GREAT Nicholson performance, one where he didn't stoop to self-caricature. MAYBE About Schmidt, and that was a decade ago. At least he doesn't act much anymore, whereas Robert De Niro has been shitting all over his once-grand acting legacy for the last fifteen years with a lazy cash-grab performance four or five times per year.
Nov. 13, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST
I'm all over this bitch...
Nov. 14, 2012, 3:21 a.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2012, 3:54 a.m. CST
by tom cruise. people need to remember that.
Nov. 14, 2012, 3:58 a.m. CST
Getting so tired to his fast-talking, I'm-smarter-than-everyone-else schtick. He forgets only a handful of years ago, he was what Charlie Sheen is now.
Nov. 14, 2012, 3:59 a.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2012, 4:33 a.m. CST
by Axl Z
I imagine he'd be asking TJ why he ripped off his Joker for BF
Nov. 14, 2012, 4:41 a.m. CST
by Terry Powell
...Perry Mason movie? This can't be it.
Nov. 14, 2012, 5:27 a.m. CST
When I see him nowadays I'm all like "just leave this old man alone". I don't want to see him in any more movies, I'm afraid he'll get injured or sick...
Nov. 14, 2012, 5:36 a.m. CST
Rights aren't pythons, brother! They don't get better the more you exercise them!
Nov. 14, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST
by matte mustaparta
Nov. 14, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST
"The good news is that, according to THR's Borys Kit, Downey is producing and handling the rewrite - which means he'll basically be running the show throughout the shoot" How is that good news?
Isn't that what ruined Iron Man 2. Don't get me wrong I love me some Downey and he certainly deserves his recent succes, given what he's been through in his life. But that doesn't mean he should be one of those superstars who calls the shots on entire films. Hell I don't think any actor should have that much power.(for another recent example of this just look at Jonny Depp. The guy is a great actor, but he was mostly responsible for Dark Shadows and the Lone Ranger isn't exactly looking promising either.)
Nov. 14, 2012, 7:36 a.m. CST
How about he's LUCKY that someone gave him another chance. I don't have sympathy for people who have all of the opportunity in the world and squander it on drugs. I like Downey but do agree that too much if the time he's playing the same snarky guy. I also think Tom Cruise would have been fine as Stark and that Sam Rockwell could have been a good Stark.
Nov. 14, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST
I have all the sympathy in the world for people who squander their opportunities to get better drugs. More drugs for me!
Nov. 14, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST
So who else thinks they would have rather seen Downey Jr play dangerfield's son in Back to School? Father/son drug infused rampage on campus. Different but much better movie without unappealing nerd son.
Nov. 14, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST
by Jet Jaguar
Nov. 14, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST
by Jet Jaguar
Nov. 14, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST
My third thought was that they were making a movie based on the 1986-1993 syndicated series THE JUDGE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCs4SKv2ASg
by Jet Jaguar
Nov. 14, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST
Anger Management aside, at least Nicholson hasn't gone the full DeNiro route (Bullwinkle or that Dakota Fanning movie, anyone?).
But he is circling the tower......
Nov. 14, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST
I would rather see an older character actor play the Nicholson part. Maybe a Jeffrey DeMunn or the guy who played Raylan Givens' father in Justified. Not sure I want to see a past 70 year old Jack act spacey for a late life oscar grab. I would find that too disstracting. Also, Beaks sounds pretty dismissive of Dobkin and the writer. Dobkin may not be Scorsese, but he has some entertaining flicks under his belt. Also, Gran Torino may not be Clint's best, but it was a good film.
Nov. 14, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST
Rhubarb is probably an accurate description of Jack Nicholson's penis: raw, red, and swollen...because he has gone on record saying he never uses condoms
Nov. 14, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST
Maybe he does movies like those and Due Date to keep himself humble. If his ego got any bigger he'd be a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
Nov. 14, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST
by Bedknobs and Boomsticks
Or is it about Wapner?
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