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Me and Orson Welles

 

Me and Orson Welles Official Trailer

Me and Orson Welles Official Trailer

ProducerAnn Carli (Fast Food Nation, Crossroads) Marc Samuelson (Stormbreaker, Arlington Road, Wilde)
DirectorRichard Linklater (Fast Food Nation, The School of Rock)
StarringZac Efron, Christian McKay, Claire Danes, Ben Chaplin, Kelly Reilly, James Tupper
Filmed 24th February - 14th March 2008
SynopsisTeenage student Richard Samuels (Zac Efron) lucks his way into a minor role in the legendary 1937 Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar, directed by a youthful Orson Welles (strikingly portrayed by newcomer Christian McKay.) Over the course of a magical week, Richard makes his Broadway debut, finds romance with an ambitious older woman, and experiences the dark side of genius after daring to cross the imperious, brilliant Welles. Richard has to grow up FAST.
LocationsGaiety Theatre, Douglas
Websitehttp://www.meandorsonwellesthemovie.com/
UK Release DateDecember 4th 2009
ReviewsEmpire Magazine, September 2009 :

..McKay uncannily resembles the young Welles and catches the familiar mannerisms, but more importantly he inhabits the role of a man who was always ‘on’: radiating the charisma that made people stick with him no matter how big a bastard he could be, stopping every so often to improvise (or pretend to improvise) lyrical speeches, weaselling out of crises by leaving human wreckage in his wake, clowning like a baby desperate to win over the grown-ups, and pulling great art out of himself like a conjurer producing a rabbit from a hat."

"Around Welles, the film weaves a conventional but nicely-turned tale about a youth’s first steps in theatre, with Zac Efron creditably turning down his natural star quality to seem like a hesitant beginner and striking sparks off leading ladies Claire Danes and Zoe Kazan. Like Cradle Will Rock, it’s also a careful account of a legendary stage production, a ‘fascist Caesar’ with Mussolini uniforms and Nuremburg lighting. Welles’ Mercury Theatre was full of big characters, and this is one of Linklater’s large cast films – with heroic work from Ben Chaplin, Leo Bill and Kelly Reilly as real actors (it’s touching that Bill does such a dead-on impersonation of the scarcely well-remembered Norman Lloyd) and more terrific support from Eddie Marsan as long-suffering producer John Houseman. Verdict: A really satisfying backstage drama, this is an exhilarating tour round a man whose talent was almost as big as his ego."

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