Several years ago, Colin Firth was set to play legendary producer and director Roger Corman in Joe Dante‘s biopic The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes. The film is now back on, and the production has done a 180 when it comes to the Corman role by casting Quentin Tarantino. The story will be about Corman directing The Trip in the 1960s, which is about LSD and starred Jack Nicholson in one of his early roles. As Corman notes in his interview with The Telegraph, “It was very controversial but it was the only American picture invited to the Cannes Film Festival that year.” Corman says he will be making a cameo in the film as “the executive who didn’t want me to make the film.”
Hit the jump for why Tarantino is a good choice for the role. [Update: Joe Dante says (via TOH) "there is absolutely no truth to the stories in the press and on the web that he is going to play Roger Corman in my upcoming film". Oh well.]
In addition to Dante basically paying tribute to the man who helped jump start his career, Tarantino is a filmmaker who probably understands Corman more than Firth. Firth is obviously a better actor than Tarantino, but that doesn’t necessarily make Firth the right fit for the part. Corman’s movies have never been known for their tremendous performances even though there have been some great ones as there are bound to be when you direct 50 movies over the course of six decades (not to mention the hundreds he’s produced). But Tarantino’s over-acting and silliness could be a great take on the famous director depending on what Dante is going for. I say all this as one of the few people who actually liked Tarantino’s brief role in Django Unchained. It’s a moment of much-needed levity after the scene of Stephen telling Django of the hellish fate awaiting him as a worker at a mining company. For those who didn’t care for Tarantino’s performance, at least Corman doesn’t have an Australian accent.
Here’s the video of Tarantino paying tribute to Corman at the 2009 Governors Awards [via Bleeding Cool]: