Oscar Nominated Film ‘Being John Malkovich’ Nearly Became ‘Being Tom Cruise’
In a new candid interview with the Rolling Stone magazine, actor John Malkovich told the interviewers how the movie, “Being John Malkovich” almost became “Being Tom Cruise.”Apparently, John Malkovich was too bashful to sign on a movie with his name in the title. Read On!
John Malkovich may have been listed for several Academy Award nominations but he still has a humble core. The veteran actor reminisced about his Academy Award nominated film, “Being John Malkovich” in a new interview with the Rolling Stone magazine and said that he never wanted to do that film. He even went further to say that the popular culture forces an actor in a particular stereotype if his film with the said stereotype becomes a major hit and this feels somewhat constricting to him.
John Malkovich also told the magazine that his 1999 cult classic “Being John Malkovich” almost became “Being Tom Cruise,” because he had asked filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze to replace him with Tom Cruise in the movie.
He had reasoned that the film could explore the mind of any actor and he felt that his name in the movie’s title would have shown that he had “serious narcissistic tendencies.” He told the producers, “either the movie’s a bomb and it’s got … my name in the title, so I’m fucked that way; or it does well and I’m just forever associated with this character,” and he didn’t like either scenario because of his bashful nature.
John Malkovich was talking to the Rolling Stone because he is going to release a new album, “Like a Puppet Show” soon. The album will have him speaking over classical and modern music pieces by such greats as Yoko Ono, Young the Giant, and Dweezil Zappa. Rolling Stone describes the album as fearsome and “terrifying” because of the sheer force of the talent showcased in the album.
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