Promo Trailer for Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles

August 11, 2009

Me and Orson Welles Promo Trailer

Me and Orson Welles is a film you probably haven't heard of yet, which is a bit sad considering it's a great film with great performances. Richard Linklater directors a period piece starring Zac Efron, Claire Danes, and Christian McKay about the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Ceasar" directed by Orson Welles in 1937. The story is about Efron, the only teenager cast in the play. Efron actually does a great job in this, but the best performance is from McKay, who plays a spectacularly entertaining Orson Welles. I saw this in Toronto last year (read my review) and enjoyed it, but unfortunately it hasn't been picked up yet.

Watch the promo trailer for Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles:

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Me and Orson Welles is directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater, of everything films like Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, Waking Life, Fast Food Nation, and A Scanner Darkly. The screenplay was co-written by first-time writers Holly Gent Palmo and Vincent Palmo Jr. and is an adaptation of Robert Kaplow's novel of the same name. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year but never ended up with a US distributor. As far as we know, this still doesn't have any release plans yet. Which is a shame, because Christian McKay's performance deserves some acclaim.

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maybe this will help Efron escape from the Disney clutches and into a wider film spectrum.

Xerxex on Aug 11, 2009


Every time I watch a trailer in fullscreen on this site, it doesn't fit the screen correctly. The whole screen is filled, but the sides are chopped off. It's like watching a fullscreen DVD. Can this be changed?

Dan on Aug 11, 2009


that trailer sold me... who ever edited that up is awesome at there job. Music ruled to

DoomCanoe on Aug 11, 2009


Why did it have to have Zac Efron in it. I rather get my hands hacked off then watch him in anything.

solvent on Aug 11, 2009


#4 give him a chance why because of HS Musical hell Leonardo DiCaprio was in freaking Roseanne when he started off

nelson on Aug 11, 2009


Wow, some high praise from Roger Ebert..."Best film about the theater he's ever seen" definitely makes me want to check it out (despite it not being my usual choice of genre and actors)

peloquin on Aug 11, 2009


NOOOO MY NIGHTMARES ARE COMING TRUE! "Please never let Zac Efrom become a mainstream and legitimate Hollywood actor" is the first thing I said after sitting through High School Musical It has begun...

BVDR on Aug 11, 2009


#7 sit back and open your eyes guess what he may actually you know have talent unless alex is a liar lol

nelson on Aug 11, 2009


Effron is a Little Bitch

LittleAsianShlong on Aug 11, 2009


correct me please, Efron is a Little Bitch

LittleAsianShlong on Aug 11, 2009


#5 it was "Growing Pains"

theotherbluth on Aug 11, 2009


@ #3, ".... whoever edited that up is awesome..." How can you say that when the trailer gave away absolutely nothing about the movie and given Alex's comments about how good McKay's performance is, you would have thought there would be more that one line from him!!! The trailer seems completely focused on Efron's character and given the movie was obviously filmed a couple of years ago and his appearance has started to change as he gets older, I can't help but think this has missed it's opportunity for a successful general release.

Gump on Aug 12, 2009


@#12,: I think there is an element of sarcasm in #3's "comment".

Jon the Rob-ot on Aug 12, 2009


I agree with #12, all I said after the trailer was "Alright, thanks for showing me absolutely nothing about your movie". From what I gather, he's an actor on a theater and that he's in love with the girl, thats pretty much it. I have no comment on Efron as an actor or anything like that, all I know is that he's a "pretty boy" and I will never see one of his movies. Main reason is because I generally don't enjoy teenage actors. And, a trailer that needs over three quotes telling the viewer that its good? Oh please, I hate being told that something is good when they could just as well actually show me WHY its good, instead of taking random scenes and put them together with fadein/fadeout and then adding those qoutes.

Felix on Aug 12, 2009


You guys are right... It doesn't show ANY of McKay's performance, it focuses all on Zac Efron. But that's because this is a promo sales trailer, design to get a distributor. And all they care about is name-brand and Efron is one of those (along with Claire Danes). If and when you guys ever get to see this, you'll get to see plenty of McKay kickin' ass as Orson Welles, so don't worry at all!

Alex Billington on Aug 12, 2009


Big difference between Depp and DiCaprio and Efron is that Efron actually sucks dick (I saw him do it behind a Denny's in Maryland for 2 dollars).

Syphous on Aug 12, 2009


Seriously guys get a grip The waves of destain for whatever defensive reasons about Efron are in the way of what could be an interesting trailer. Agree with Alex - its a promo trailer trying to sell an Orson story which based on his character and McKay will likely be great. Often you need to push stars names to pull it off - and I would much prefer Efron to be the name in the role of the kid vs. some gloss/pretty name as Orson Give the kid a chance -per #5 - Depp was in 21 Jump St - generally actors have to start somewhere? (i am curious and albeit potentially carrying the flamewar but I wonder if #14 is so negative about watching Samantha Fox? ) Hope to get a chance to see this film - which is why I enjoy finding out about these under the radar productions via trailers.

rossiegirl on Aug 12, 2009


#17, I take it you were the one who gave him the 2 dollars.

darren on Aug 12, 2009


#17, i take it you were the one who gave him the 2 dollars

darren on Aug 12, 2009


@17 I just projectile spat juice at my monitor because of you. Thanks for that.

Duane on Aug 13, 2009


Zac Efron is a great Actor i liked him in Hairspray so give him a chance i bet you he is not gay so shut up

Justin on Aug 15, 2009


all u losers who are saying bad about Zac Efron... shut up. every actor starts somewhere... give him a chance before you start being so critical... it comes across that ur jealous!

Always_Right on Feb 24, 2010

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