We can count on one mutilated hand the number of biopics that haven’t been either awful, cliché ticking fiction or simply a vehicle for Michael Sheen to show everyone how good he is at impressions.
We don’t expect the Bill Hicks film to buck that trend, especially as telephone-throwing, angry Neighbours actor Russell Crowe will be deciding where to point the cameras. It all promises to make the life of a very funny man into a very unfunny cinematic experience.
There aren’t really any other details. The role of Bill has yet to be cast, and screenwriter Mark Staufer (“That’s it Stoufer, you help”*) said this to some people:
"It is a huge role for someone, made all the more special, or downright scary, by the fact the director is an Oscar-winning actor like Russell".
Woah. The writer of this film is basically predicting that the lead actor will at some point be attacked by Crowe. What a terrible job acting is.
But who should play Bill Hicks? Who today possesses that same righteous rage and nuanced world view, whilst being devastatingly funny and profane? One name…