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D&D Movie/TV Benedict Cumberbatch Joining D&D Movie?

According to The Sun, Benedict Cumberbatch is joining Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Rege-Jean Page, Hugh Grant and others in 2023's D&D movie.

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He was in the The Hobbit trilogy as Smaug, the dragon, and is well known as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock. More recently he narrated an animated short about a Drizzt.


 

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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Being a decent actor, and choosing a good project, are different skillsets.
Sometimes you're not so much choosing good projects, but your agent is realising that $3M for a day's work is a good deal and will pay off the tax man!
 

embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
Ask any botanically inclined Hollywood agent and they will tell you...

Cocaine doesn't grow on trees.

(It grows on bushes.)
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Sometimes you're not so much choosing good projects, but your agent is realising that $3M for a day's work is a good deal and will pay off the tax man!

I believe it was Michael Caine who said, about the movie Jaws: The Revenge, in which he played a role: "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."

He also said, "First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent."

And, "You get paid the same for a bad film as you do for a good one."
 

embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
I believe it was Michael Caine who said, about the movie Jaws: The Revenge, in which he played a role: "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."

He also said, "First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent."

And, "You get paid the same for a bad film as you do for a good one."
Caine gave an interview years back, saying that he hated being called a "prolific actor" as it's a job like any other. He said that one wouldn't say to a plumber (which he worked as), "My, you've certainly unclogged a lot of sinks. You're so prolific."
 

Lidgar

Hero
I believe it was Michael Caine who said, about the movie Jaws: The Revenge, in which he played a role: "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."

He also said, "First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent."

And, "You get paid the same for a bad film as you do for a good one."
You know, I’ve always like that chap. Maybe he’ll show up in the movie too.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I believe it was Michael Caine who said, about the movie Jaws: The Revenge, in which he played a role: "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
Yeah I remember him saying that on Wossy.
 




teitan

Legend
But he shouldn't be allowed to play a wizard, because Hollywood contracts asks some actors not to play "rip-off" of famous characters. For example Gillian Adensorn couldn't roleplay "Hannibal" because the agent Clarice Starling was too close to Diana Scully.
That's not true. Some actors have clauses like that for themselves but it's not a rule.
 

Non-compete clauses are actually illegal in California. I don't know if that was statutory or a judicial decision, but I work in California, and our workplace insists we can't work for a competitor, and everyone openly says "OK, thank you for saying that" and smirks.
Yeah I was under the impression they might be, and I knew they were at least frowned-upon there but couldn't remember if they were totally out.

In the UK they're hellishly difficult to enforce unless they're very specific and pretty short-term, and generally only acceptable even then in extremely highly-paid jobs where market intelligence is vital.
 


counterpoint - The Rock's reality TV shows and sitcom based on his life
I think most of those were in motion (and likely contracted to) well before Moana and the Jumanji movies came out and made everyone reevaluate him. (Seriously, the people who haven't see him in Jumanji need to. It's a shock when the Rock and Jack Black do genuinely great acting, but there it is, in a kid's movie that a lot of people wrote off as an unnecessary sequel.)
 

Gnarlo

Gnome Lover
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Oh, please Please PLEASE give him the opportunity to go full Jeremy Irons... I can only bet he can chew scenery such as god has never seen :)
 


AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
I think most of those were in motion (and likely contracted to) well before Moana and the Jumanji movies came out and made everyone reevaluate him. (Seriously, the people who haven't see him in Jumanji need to. It's a shock when the Rock and Jack Black do genuinely great acting, but there it is, in a kid's movie that a lot of people wrote off as an unnecessary sequel.)
The plot for that movie also is a pretty standard D&D adventure, besides the whole "getting sucked into a video game" thing. Get a MacGuffin, keep it away from the villain, take down some nameless enemies in the meantime, and you've got a D&D adventure!
 



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