He never pushed me, just left me to learn [the guitar] or not. The main thing was he was always around the house, playing his ukulele and smiling. I’d come home from school and he’d be standing in the doorway playing his uke.
We’d play together all the time. And listen to records. Hoagy Carmichael, Cab Calloway, Nina Simone, Big Bill Broonzy. Bix and Bing. Stuff you wouldn’t ordinarily play to kids. I loved it. He wasn’t a big fan of contemporary music - Massive Attack or Tricky, who I like a lot - but we could listen to Beck together. My friends got into all that music too because … my dad was very cool with them.
Dhani Harrison on his late father, George, Los Angeles Times, 18 November 2002
There are people whose life was so interesting that it would make for a great story to tell on the big screen. These are people that really existed that I think deserve a big screen treatment. Some of these people may have had a movie made about them but I am talking about a proper movie treatment. I also included some actors that I think would be great fits for the role both in looks and acting ability.
10. Marshall Applewhite:
This guy was a very eccentric, weird, and “out there” kind of guy. His cult group Heaven’s Gate would almost make for a dark comedy with their bizarre beliefs and rituals. Look up his last video he shot before his suicide and you can see just how weird this guy was. I always pictured the Coen Brothers doing a movie about him because he almost seems like a weird character they come up with. The actor to play him also needs to be able to bring to the table more than just being bald. Possible actors to play him: Toby Jones, Walton Goggins, John Malkovich.
9. Carl Panzram:
This guy is the true definition of a messed up individual. Everything from murder, rape, and brutal beatings this guy did. He had a very rough childhood that would make for a hard to watch movie but it would be worth it to explore an evil man and how evil can be born. This role would require a great physical transformation too as Panzram was a very muscular and buff guy that should strike fear in your heart. As long as this movie doesn’t border into exploitation, this would be a very dark very horrific film. Possible actors to play him: Ryan Gosling, Daniel Craig, Chris Hemsworth.
8. Emily Dickinson:
Another tortured artist. A very reclusive woman that never really wanted to reveal her brilliance and poems to the world. She had a very odd relationship with her husband with some people thinking she might have been in the closet. A lot of her poetry was about death as she seemed obsessed with it. This movie would be great at exploring loneliness, art, love, and mortality. Would be kind of a sad movie but it’s how Dickinson’s life was so it would be true to her. Possible actresses to play her: Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Natalie Dormer.
7. David Koresh:
I just don’t see how this guy was able to get people to follow him. With Jim Jones at least you can see how his charisma helps, but with Koresh he was just insane to the point that it would have been amazing if he got two people to follow him. Always a troubled and sad person his whole life, this movie would be an interesting watch to see a man who went from a loser to a leader of hundreds. The movie also would be a great exploration of faith and sanity because he somehow got people to believe he was a prophet. The actor needs a mixture of weirdness, leadership, insanity, and pathetic loserdom. Possible actors to play him: Paul Dano, Lee Tergesen, Michael C. Hall.
6. John Brown:
Even today there are people who would consider him to be an extremist. He was a man that would help slaves rise up and kill their masters and then he tried to capture a fort and free all the slaves. A lot of his motivation was religious and it would be nice to see a religious man in this time use religion to speak out against slavery. They need an actor who has an intensity in his eyes and his voice. He was kinda of a badass too that would make for a great role for an actor. Possible actors to play him: Bill Paxton, Kevin Costner, Bryan Cranston.
5. Marvin Gaye:
Another genius plagued by insecurities from his father. I always wondered why there has not been a movie about him because he had a life made for a great drama. A soulful voice, a charismatic presence, and a sadness behind his eyes that would guarantee an actor a nomination. They need an actor who also is a good singer, even though no one can ever match Marvin Gaye’s voice. The man who would play Gaye’s father also would be an interesting role. Possible actors to play him: Jesse L. Martin, Jeffrey Wright, Lenny Kravitz.
4. Harriet Jacobs:
Harriet Jacobs is much like Solomon Northup the man whose life was based on the movie 12 Years A Slave. She went through so much shit that I’m surprised she did not just give up. But she is really the embodiment of the human spirit and the ability of a person to overcome any of life’s obstacles. Throughout her life she maintained this quiet and subdued strength that I think any actress would find challenging to play. If there was a movie about her, I don’t think the actress needs to be in your face they really need to get an actress that can show subtle pain and endurance. Read her life story in the great book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: As Told By Herself. Possible actresses to play her: Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Regina King.
3. John Wilkes Booth:
This was a man that truly believed that what he did would make the United States great again. Many people do not know or forget that he was a famous actor in his time and considered “the world’s most handsome man”. His conspiracy to “take back the country” would make for a thrilling movie and his relationship with Mary Surratt would be great to watch. Like a lot of troubled and bad men, he also had complicated relationships with his family and that would make for a movie that would explore this man that a lot of people know but don’t really know. Possible actors to play him: Joaquin Phoenix, Timothy Olyphant, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
2. Morton Downey, Jr. :
This is the guy that the likes of Jerry Springer, Glenn Beck, and Bill O'Reilly should be thanking. He was the mad genius that was responsible for the “trash talk show”. Downey the host was loud, angry, opinionated, and fascinating to watch. The man Downey was insecure, at his heart sweet, desperate, and scared. His father was a famous and renowned singer and he really tried to live up to his father’s spotlight. If you watch the documentary Evocateur you can really see how much he wanted to please his father and how many times he felt he was disappointing his father. I feel that a movie about this guy would be funny, sad, and though provoking about the state of media and culture on politics. Possible actors to play him: Denis Leary, Edward Norton, Ray Liotta.
1. Jim Jones:
I always have found cult leaders and cults more fascinating than serial killers. How does one man lead a whole group to kill others and themselves? This is a question that I think should be explored in a big screen treatment for Jim Jones. He truly was a bizarre man who even in his early childhood was fascinated with death. There was one supposed story that he killed a cat than performed a funeral for the cat with friends acting as a preacher during the service. He was a white man from Indiana that lead a mostly black church during the 60’s when people were begging and advocating for change in the United States. But even with all his talk of good behind those words was a manipulative sociopath. If you’re still not convinced you should check out the documentary Jonestown: The Life and Death of the People’s Temple. Possible actors to play him: Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Christian Bale.
Soooooo…… I decided to go back to the very start of this blog and read everything I could on it, and once more, I read something I just had to write out. Someone else has probably already written this out, and better than I, but I can’t simply let it sit in my mind…
The hot wind blew through the desert oasis, sending grains of sand drifting through the moonbeams split by the swaying trees. A sandcat approached the small pool of water, surveying the area before leaning over to drink.
Suddenly, it took off, startled by the man who strode out of the bushes, clad in a suit of stars and nebulae. Alcor looked around before turning his gaze upwards, studying the stars for a moment before nodding, satisfied. Turning his attention to an otherwise unremarkable spot just above the pool, his fingers danced, and runes drew themselves in pale blue flames in the sand around him, then arcing out to form an intricate shielding circle encompassing the oasis. He then conjured a modest, yet comfortable, chair, and sat down to wait.
He didn’t have long to wait, either. After only a few moments, the scenery turned grey, and the air above the pool began to warp and twist, whirling slowly, but picking up speed, before finally coalescing into a triangle with a top hat. The triangle hung there for a moment, almost like one of those now ancient cartoons, before dropping unceremoniously into the water.
The triangle quickly flew back out of the water, spluttering despite the lack of a mouth, single eye blinking rapidly as it looked around. “Great, I don’t exist for a few thousand years, and the whole town goes right to hell. Jeez, you’d think they could have at least kept that shack up to par, but noooo….”
Alcor grinned at hearing the harsh voice once again, dredging up memories older than he cared to admit of a summer spent hunting for both creatures and clues. “Well, it might help you to know that this isn’t Gravity Falls, you pissy little dorito…” He spoke, eager to see Bill Cipher’s reaction.
And for a change, Bill didn’t fail to surprise. He spun right around in the air, clearly surprised at seeing another being, immediately sizing Alcor up. “Well, how do you do! Nice to meet another demon already! You might have heard of me, name’s Bi—”
Alcor held up a hand, forestalling Bill’s introduction. “Bill Cipher, I know all there is to know about you. Ancient dream demon, been around practically since the dawn of mankind itself. Until a wimpy little 12-year-old killed you in a sleepy and weird little Oregon town. And now, about six and a half thousand years later, here you are, back again. In answer to your question, you’re where you were born. The location of the first human’s first dream. Well, first nightmare, anyway. I always knew that’s where you really came from.”
Bill managed to put on an inquisitively angry look, despite having only the single eye. “And just how do you know all that, buddy? Have we met before?”
Alcor grinned even broader, standing up as the chair vanished in a puff of blue flame. He spread his arms wide even as his form whirled in a torrent of the same fire. “Don’t you recognize me, Bill?” He said, stepping out of the flames much shorter, a blue and white truckers cap in his head, adjusting his down vest. “It’s me, Pine Tree!”
Bill’s eye widened in alarm, suddenly flashing back to his last memory of this world, of Dipper Pines casting the dream demon out of his mind, out into the void to await rebirth. Bill quickly flew backwards, soon running into the invisible barrier keeping him contained. “No, NO!! You should have died! That was the single biggest magical detonation in the history of this world!”
Alcor picked himself up and started floating over towards Bill. “Well, you’re partially right. It was the biggest ever, but it wasn’t quite a detonation. More like… an uncorking. See, after that portal device Stan had blew, it was like a dam burst. Suddenly, all the creatures I knew about in Gravity Falls were popping up all over the planet! Ley lines were reactivating, human society was thrown into chaos! Honestly, you’d have loved it, it was like a smorgasbord! Eventually, though, things settled down, humanity figured out how to deal with everything, and, well… The world kept on spinning. Oh, yeah, and I absorbed part of you, so I’m now a demon myself, and I’m way stronger than you ever were, yada yada yada, you don’t want to hear about that…”
Bill floated there, transfixed by what he heard. “So… It didn’t make a dent in the planet the size of the moon?” He pondered this for a moment, then exploded, reddening drastically as he shouted. “THEN WHAT THE HELL DID I DO ALL OF THAT FOR!?!?! TEN THOUSAND YEARS I WORKED ON THAT SPELL, ALL CULMINATING IN MANIPULATING THE PINE FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS TO CREATE A DEVICE TO ACCESS THE MULTIVERSAL POWER, AND ALL IT DID WAS MAKE MAGIC REAL FOR THE REST OF THE PLANET?!?!”
Alcor watched Bill fume with glee, slowly letting his body reform into his taller suited self. “Yup, sorry to burst your bubble there, Pyramid Head, but… Oh, wait, I’m part you, so I guess I’m not sorry after all! Oh well. Now, before you start getting any ideas, let’s get down to brass tacks, hmm? I’m currently about 3.46 times more powerful than you were at your strongest. You, on the other hand, are sitting pretty at about 1/1,000th your last known strength. I’ve got you tightly trapped in here. I could destroy you with a snap of my fingers. But then, I’d have to come back here in another 6,000-odd years and do this again, and I’d rather not book myself that far in advance. So, I have a proposition to make. Become mine. Swear absolute and eternal loyalty to me, and in return, I’ll let you keep on existing. You’ll mostly make appearances to lower-level summonings in my stead, make a few small deals, that’s about it. Maybe we can talk about more responsibilities as time goes on, but that’s a good starting point, don’t you think?” He held out a hand, wreathing it in Bill’s once-signature azure flame.
Bill stared at the hand, radiating fury and disgust. After a moment of deep thought, he gradually shifted back to his usual yellow brick pattern, sighed, and took Alcor’s hand. “I guess you got me, Pine Tree. It’s a deal. But don’t think I won’t get out of this the first chance I get!”
Alcor grinned, waving a hand and dropping the shielding runes around them. “I wouldn’t expect anything less from my favorite Angry Dorito. Now, come on, you’ve got a few thousand years of history to catch up with…”
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