So That Truly Was Thomas Jane as Jonah Hex!
by Alex Billington
June 20, 2008
Let me tell you a little story about how Hollywood works. It's all about politics. One actor wants to get a role in a film, so he brings his make up artist in for a day, retrofits himself to look like a disfigured gunslinging badass, and snaps a few photos to send off to Warner Brothers. Soon enough, some fanboy on the internet gets a hold of them and they show up on millions of computer screens within a few hours. That's the story behind this latest photo of Thomas Jane as Jonah Hex that we posted a few days ago. It appears that it indeed was a real photo and not a fake creation, but it wasn't intended for the world to judge. Jane's goal was to get in the hands of Warner Brothers and eventually the film's directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor so he might be in the running for the role. Thoughts now?
The update came from the same guys who broke the story originally, Film School Rejects. He's what they heard from Thomas Jane himself on the situation.
"Yeah, the pic is real all right – my pal Akiva Goldsman told me about the project and I fell in love with the idea right away. Being a huge fan of all things Hex – I just couldn’t help myself. I called up my buddy Chris Nelson and we spent a Saturday afternoon working up some make-up for this impromptu shoot and I fired a few pics off to Warners. How do people get a hold of this shit? It’s a little embarrassing seeing my fanboy enthusiasm spilled all over the web, but great scripts don’t come around too often, especially for characters I love."
I've said it before and I'll say it again. As much as Tom Jane is a badass who could easily fit this role, I would much rather prefer Serenity's Nathan Fillion. Fillion deserves the role on top of being the perfect fit anyway. I don't know if this make up gig will help Jane at all, but at least we're safe knowing that Neveldine and Taylor still have their pick on Jonah Hex. They're still working on finishing Crank 2 before they even think about Jonah Hex, but I guess it's still a question worth asking: would you prefer Jane over Fillion? As a refresher, here's the original comparison photo of Thomas Jane yet again.
Who would you want for the gunslinging anti-hero?
Awesome! Though Thomas Jane being friends with crap-master Goldsman is disappointing. I wonder if they'll macho him up in the credits here (Tom Jane).
Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 20, 2008
I've heard of actors doing that before. Like Sean Young wanted to play Catwoman, so she actually had a costume made to show everybody she could do it. Something about that feels weird to me; like they're almost bribing the judge. I think if I were a casting director I'd ask them to come in and do an interview like everybody else, and stop being a freak. Also, I feel like it being "leaked" to the internet is not nearly as accidental as it may seem. Either the actor is trying to pressure the studio, or the studio is testing the waters to see what the public thinks of this... through sites like this one. As far as who would be good for the role, can Keith Richards act? I kid.
dRailer on Jun 20, 2008
Hugh Jackman would be a good choice. Or Clint Eastwood. 🙂
Cinexcellence on Jun 20, 2008
If Clint Eastwood gets the part you wouldn't even have to use any makeup on him!
EFEL on Jun 20, 2008
i would have to see what Fillion would look like in the make up but i think Jane is a great choice and would love to see him in this project that he is a fan of.
Curtis on Jun 20, 2008
Ok Mr. Jane. You love Jonas Hex, and this picture just happened to get leaked. Come on, do people really think that is what actually happened? Warner Brothers saw the shot and released it to stir up interest, or to see if there was any.
John on Jun 20, 2008
no idea who/what jonah hex is but have to go with fillion on this one, hes badass and a great actor, thomas jane is not now wheres my serenity sequel
harrison on Jun 20, 2008
Jonah Hex is a bad ass bountyhunter from the old west a veteran of the Civil War a Confederate officer of the calvery.. his father needing a grub stake to search for gold in California 1849. sold him to a tibe of Apaches the same Apaches that scarred his face somtime after the war.
goergia49th on Jun 22, 2008
Fillon would absolutely kick ass in this role.
Squiggly_P on Jun 22, 2008
i think he looks lick 2 face in the mirror with a 10 gallon hat on.
batty on Jun 10, 2009
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