Monday, May 18, 2009

IMDb Out Do Themselves: Jamie Foxx to Play Frank Sinatra

In what can only be described as, surely, one of the stupidest things IMDb have ever done (and they have done plenty of stupid stuff), there is presently the following article. It is so hilariously stupid that I took a screen grab and will show it to you now. It is AMAZING.


I was all set to just dismiss it a simply - albeit easily noticable mistake - and assume they meant Jamie Foxx was rumoured to be Sammy Davis Jr, one of Frank Sinatra's "rat pack" buddies. Alas, that is (apparently) not the case when you consider the following lines:

Leonardo DiCaprio and Harry Connick Jr. were among the names rumoured to be in contention for the role...


But now African-American actor Foxx, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in 2004's Ray, has emerged as the favourite to play Ol' Blue Eyes.



This is Jamie Foxx looking like a poseur. Also, black.



This is Frank Sinatra looking cool. Also, white.

So, clearly, whoever wrote this article is fully aware that Frank Sinatra is white and that Jamie Foxx is not, so it truly does beg the question: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED, IMDb? How can an article that announces an African American actor such as Foxx as the front runner to portray Frank Sinatra get passed the lowliest of lowly editors? I am assuming that the meager WENN staffer that cobbled this piece together is British due to the spelling of "rumour" and "favourite", but that's still no excuse.

And then there is the dubious issue of this apparent "insider".

An insider tells Britain's Daily Star, "Jamie would seem to be born to the role. Magnificent voice, convincing acting ability - like Frank himself..."


Apparently there is some person out there sending Britain's Daily Star staffers choice tips such as this and getting away with it? I'm not going to get into a debate as to whether Jamie Foxx has a) a magnificent voice and/or b) a convincing acting ability (?!?) but that is neither here nor there as Jamie is AFRICAN AMERICAN. That this quote apparently showed up in the mailbox of some poor sod at the Daily Mail is bizarre to begin with - why send something so ridiculously absurd - but that someone actually believed it? Yikes.

Or, on the other side of the coin, there is the other obvious option and that is that whoever wrote the piece made up the quote from the "insider", which then just opens up a whole supermarket worth of cans of crazy questions. Like, if you're going to make up an entire article about an actor becoming the new favourite to play Sinatra why choose, of all people, Jamie Foxx? JAMIE FOXX WHO IS AFRICAN AMERICAN!

Or maybe Martin Scorsese is making his Sinatra movie into a reversed Bamboozled? Will Foxx's Sinatra been done in "whiteface" and take all of its cues from Stuff White People Like? I'd almost pay to see that!

"Jamie would seem to be born for the role" you say? If you say so...

The world (and IMDb) has gone made.

9 comments:

Guy said...

Hilarious.

Of course, if you knew the Daily Star -- a whole different realm of trash from the Daily Mail -- you wouldn't apply the pitying adjective "poor" to any sod working there. IMDB may as well be gleaning the National Enquirer for tips.

J.D. said...

I don't know whether to laugh or... laugh harder right now.

FranklinBluth said...

Never has the tag 'Thats So Ridiculous' been so apt...

Ashley said...

notice in the screenshot there is the link "report a problem" at the bottom of the imdb post--I think that line has never been more apt.

par3182 said...

but i'm sure terrence howard could play the role (just ask him)

Glenn said...

Even the Telegraph are reporting it. My god who is actually believing this?

FranklinBluth said...

The telegraph reports that JT is also in the running for the role. Seriously!?!? But he's such a freakin' pansy!

Paul Martin said...

Someone's obviously pulling someone's leg, but why is Scorsese making such lame films? He seems to have completely lost the plot.

Marcy said...

Hahahahha...

That's amazingly hilarious!