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Old March 26 2013, 06:45 PM   #24
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Re: Guy Ritchie To Direct 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' Starring Tom Cruis

I think people's problems with Cruise stem mainly from his personal life. Judging him strictly as an actor, I've always found him to be quite capable, professional, and dedicated. I admire the care and hard work he puts into his craft, whatever issues I may have with other aspects of his life that are really none of my business anyway.

That said, I just don't think he's the right choice for Napoleon Solo. Particularly since he's already the lead of another spy-revival franchise. It gives the impression that the movie might not be distinct enough in its character and flavor. Now, Ritchie directing is encouraging; the Holmes-Watson relationship in his Holmes movies feels reasonably similar to the Solo-Kuryakin dynamic, a resourceful, larger-than-life comic hero bantering with his more serious sidekick. So he seems like a good choice. I'm just not sure Cruise could pull it off. Then again, Cruise has done comedy in the past, and he did a rather chameleonic turn in Tropic Thunder. So maybe he could play a different enough persona to make it work -- but I'm afraid the studio would be pushing for just more of the same stuff he does in M:I.
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