Cillian Murphy Joins Salvador Dali Biopic
by Alex Billington
September 14, 2007
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Just last year there was a biopic titled Factory Girl featuring the famous Andy Warhol, and now currently in the works is a biopic on one of my favorite artists of all time: Salvador Dali. Announced previously was that Al Pacino will play Dali and announced today is that Cillian Murphy will star opposite him. Two great actors taking on a biopic that hopefully won't lack any buzz like Factory Girl - as Dali deserves extraordinary mention! The film is titled Dali & I: The Surreal Story and will be directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) aiming for a likely release sometime in 2009.
For those of you who don't know who Dali is - then you're crazy! But alas, I'm just kidding (although you should know who he is!). In reality, Salvador Dali was a surrealist painter who created some incredible work like his most popular painting titled "The Persistence of Memory" seen below. His easily recognizable quirky mustache is what identified him the most, and I'm looking forward to seeing Al Pacino don that infamous mustache.
The film will span the 1960s to 80s and follows the time in Dali's life when most of his great work was behind him and he became more flamboyant. Dali also developed a mentor-protege relationship with a young art dealer named Stan Lauryssens, who will be played by Cillian Murphy. The script was originally penned by John Salvati, based on Lauryssens' autobiographical book "Dali and I" and rewritten by Andrew Niccol.
If there's any one biopic I'm looking forward to coming out in the next decade - this has got to be it. I'm a huge fan of Dali and his work and knowing that Andrew Niccol did Gattaca, I'm confident that he'll challenge himself with this and turn out a great film.
If you love Dali, then you need to come visit us in St Petersburg, Florida; home of the only museum totally dedicated to Dali. salvadordalimuseum.org Highly recommended. Oh, and the movie sounds good, too. If Pacino is going to chew up scenery, then Dali is the perfect role.
William Mize on Sep 14, 2007
A Dali pic will be cool, but I hate biopics about artists that skip the early years and go straight to the end (aside from a few flashbacks). I hope I'm wrong here. I'd really like to see how they would go about Dali coming up with his paintings, him working on paintings, his work with Hitchcock etc. But that's just me. I will see it, though.
wm on Feb 5, 2008
there is also going to be another film called little ashes about dali's life which is starring robert pattinson the star of twilight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bella on Feb 10, 2009
"Little Ahses" is brilliantly written, cast and directed. If you disliked "Brokeback Mountain," skip this perfectly crafted film.
James on Mar 27, 2010
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