Of course Hugh Hefner wants Robert Downey Jr. to play him in a biopic of his life. He is such a likeable actor even when he is playing not so likeable characters that you can’t really lose if he’s on board. And as much as I would love to see the actor move away as far as possible from his Tony Stark character for other movie roles, it seems to be something he and everyone else really wants him to do.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and the movie’s director Brett Ratner gave an exclusive interview to Coming Soon, almost going as far as begging the actor to jump on board…
“I guess the next big thing we’re looking forward to is the movie and we’re hoping that Robert Downey Jr. will be portraying me,” Hef revealed. “Brian Grazer is producing. Brett Ratner is directing. We’re finishing up the screenplay and hope to have to be in production by the end of the year.”
“Originally, in the first draft it was covering everything, which proved impossible,” Hefner explained. “It would make a good mini-series. It’s going to cover the launch of the magazine which is about 1952-1953 to the middle of the 1970s.”
On Downey Jr…
“he’s a very good actor. It has nothing to do with ‘Iron Man.’ Our conversations with Robert were in the months immediately before ‘Iron Man.’ He called immediately after ‘Iron Man’ and asked ‘When we were going to do the movie?””
“It’s not just about his life it’s about the creation of the magazine,” said Ratner. “I think the movie is more than just a film, it’s about the Sexual Revolution and how much he brought to it. The change in America and the influence that Playboy had on the world. He had this idea and it was lighting in a bottle to create a magazine to change the world on how they viewed sexuality.”
Robert Downey Jr. will be in the movie, I’m certain of it. And with the actor’s stock right now, it will be HUGE at the box office.
This article was first posted on June 11, 2008