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37-year old American actor Tobey Maguire, best known for his role as the super-hero Spiderman in three Hollywood blockbusters, is set to play the controversial former world chess champion Bobby Fischer in a new movie.
The film, "Pawn Sacrifice", will be directed by Ed Zwick (Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will focus on Fischer in the 1960s, leading up to the famous world championship match in Reykjavik against Boris Spassky in 1972.
The project has been in the works for more then 2 years already (previous report here), and it should still be at least 2013/14 before its release.
So what do you think of Tobey Maguire being cast as Bobby Fischer? Who would you choose to play Fischer and Spassky on the big screen?
I completely disagree. Height does matter in this role. Bobby was a towering athletic figure compared to almost everyone in the chess world at this time. Bobby cannot be portrayed by a Toby, period. This movie needs to be great and not another Hollywood garbage mistake.
Schwarzennegger has an Austrian accent. I guess if Patrick Stewart can play a Frenchman, then Schwarzenneger can play a Russian.
first time i've caught this note so it's exciting ... zwick as director sounds good ... 'last samurai' is certainly one of my fave movies and a real achievement i thought ... beautifully done and very warm (at times) and exciting (at others) ... not a big tom cruise fan but he certainly pulled off that role ... but he's about a foot-and-a-half short to play bobby ... well they could cgi the hell out of him i guess lol ...
and really, height doesn't matter ... it didn't matter a whiff in Lord of the Rings and it didn't matter in any humphrey bogart films (he was pretty short) or currently in any tom cruise films so i'm not concerned with toby mcguire's height ... and he's done some serious acting and not just spiderman, so not worried there ... a great director can carry an average acting imho ... not to mention a great film editor can carry both ... so it's not just the actor by any stretch (pun intended) is what i'm saying at bottom
Aleksandr_II has a good suggestion ... christian bale would be very good i think and he's willing to do anything it seems to make a role work ... he got down to 120 lbs to do 'the machinist' (the role before batman) and was shown, without cgi help, frighteningly skinny ... really scary skinny ... if you haven't seen 'the machinist' i highly recommend it ... is a bit of an homage to dostoevsky's 'crime and punishment' and there are dostoevsky 'props' here and there ... he then put on the weight loss plus weight and muscle for batman ... so i'm thinking he could handle any of the physical parts ...
i think Adrien Brody would have been a good pick too ... his film choices have been a bit weak of late but he's proven he can act with the best of them (as always imho) .. and he's tall and skinny already for those worried about that
schwarzennegger would be good as spassky he's got a funny accent already
Pruitt Taylor Vince would be good as Lombardy ... he's a fave of mine and seems to be flexible ...
O M G !!! Morgan Watkins come on down !!! Fischer is reborn !!! !!! !!!
Although slightly older than 'teenage', it would work. He's 6' 3" & is accredited with a 'New York accent' being within his capabilities. He's even got some b/+w publicity pics of him at a chess board, as the comparison has obviously been made before, (he does some modelling as well as acting).
(sorry, I know it's a ridiculous link, but it is correct. If you don't want to link it from there just type morgan watkins into google & see for yourself)
In the great words of Bert Le Clos "It's unbelieveable !!!"
Someone get on their cell (mobile phone) to tell old Tob(ey)lerone not to be greedy, settle for directorial credit, & cast Mr. Watkins NOW.NOW.NOW!!!
Has this film project been cancelled yet?
Couldn't agree more! ... Thanks, John - well said.
What a travesty to have a little 5ft tall punk like Toby trying to portray a tall athletic man like Fisher was. Stick to Spiderman roles and garbage like that.
'Now-now!' - Fischer wouldn't like 'those' words resting in his grave - now, would he? ...
'Hey!' - sober-up, mate! ... First off, I wasn't 'attacking' you, personally - only your wording/grammar here - so I'm 'sorry' if you happened to misunderstand me, alright? Secondly, there's really not much to comment towards your first 'speech' here, as anyone who's active enough in chess should already be quite keenly aware as to what Fischer went through within his [first] match against Spassky - it's nothing 'new' ... Thirdly, I've never (and probably never will!) voted for anyone - nor anything - in my life up to now. And fourthly, if you want to write ('here', or elsewhere for that matter), why not do it right (or leftist, if you're one of those types) the first time around so we can all 'benefit' from your gab? - perhaps when you're sober enough to do so.
But lastly, 'chump' - just to make things crystal clear (to you, and 'you[!]', only! ... ) - I do, in fact drink, on occasion, only - but responsibly, though - so I don't think I'd ever 'enjoy' one with you - 'personally' speaking, though ... So 'cheers!', mate.
Yup (barely, though). No worries - must be the Irish in you! ... Cheers then, to Bobby, mate! - and have another one on me ...
'My[!]' - aren't 'we' well-read! ... Sounds as if you should've written the script. I'm sure your spelling [and grammar] would've captured Bobby to a 'T' ...
Tobey Maguire is an exellent actor, but if he is to pull it off method style i think he would struggle.
Good choice. I will see the movie.
Icanfight - Another hatchet job of Bobby Fischer, eh? What you said isn't the truth, far from it. Fischer didn't, "chicken out", against Karpov, the F.I.D.E. refused to meet the demands he made for defending his title, (the only time the F.I.D.E. ever did this and the demands Fischer made are exactly what the F.I.D.E. uses today!). With the virtual sweep of the Candidates Matches, crushing gifted Grandmasters 6-0, no one before or since has ever achieved that, let alone eclipsed it. He didn't just defeat his competition, he crushed them. He certainly wasn't any psycho either. Bobby Fischer also improved playing conditions and prize money for all chess players all around the world, which was one of his goals, (something I've never seen other chess players do!). Many millions of people the world over regard Bobby Fischer as the greatest chess player of all time, including the Grandmasters he defeated!
Now, you clearly don't know much about Bobby Fisher, other than what you've, "heard" and this is not a forum for bashing Bobby Fischer. So kindly have some respect for the dead as well as all the Fischer fans reading and making contributions to this thread. Take it elsewhere. Thank you.
I would rather see a movie on Capablanca.The time period was so interesting and would make for great visuals.You also had Alekhine,Lasker,etc. Also I am sick of the Fischer as an Americaqn hero.He was pretty much a jerk and a psycho and isn't even the greatest player of all time anymore.He chickened out on even playing Karpov and was a horrible example for chess.
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