Movie Snippets: Jessica Simpson Gets Big Salary, Kevin Smith Praises 'Brokeback Mountain' & More
* Filmmaker Kevin Smith has lavished praised on Ang Lee’s cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain, hailing Heath Ledger a "genius." The director was moved to tears watching Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal’s doomed love affair in the film, which is up for eight Oscars next month. Smith says, "This ain't just the gay cowboy movie: it's the saddest flick I've seen all year. And I love sad flicks. Heath Ledger's Ennis exists - that's how genius his non-performance was. Great film."
* Director Steven Soderbergh is confident his upcoming biopic on Argentine revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara will be better than the 1969 original. Egyptian actor Omar Sharif played the medical student-turned communist, who assisted Fidel Castro’s revolution in Cuba, in the Richard Fleischer flop Che! However, the filmmaker insists Puerto Rican Benicio Del Toro is a more convincing Guevara. He says, "I never saw Omar Sharif as 'Che' Guevara."
* Steve Martin was determined not to copy Peter Sellers’ portrayal of Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther because he didn't want audiences to think he has taken the easy option. The 60-year-old Texan star insists he would think of himself as a thief if his depiction of the bumbling French detective was a carbon-copy of Sellers'.
He says, "I didn't want to steal anything from Peter. I think the only thing I did that he did was karate chop once, half-heartedly, but I was careful about it and I felt after a while that it was coming from me and not channeling Peter." Martin's only regret is that his Clouseau predecessor is not around to see the new film. He adds, "I do wish Peter Sellers could see it, I really do. After all I'd be fine if somebody wanted to remake The Jerk."
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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