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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sorkin signs 



I have admired Aaron Sorkin's talent as a writer of good dialogue, both in the TV series "West Wing" and the play and movie versions of "A Few Good Men." One can disagree with aspects of his political views, but still think highly of his artistic talent.

Sorkin will now bring his artistry to bear on the stories swirling around the recent life of John "Two Americas" Edwards.
An insider's account of John Edwards' affair and the lengths he went to hide his mistress will be developed into a movie, a former aide to the two-time presidential candidate said Thursday.

Andrew Young said that he has reached a deal with writer and producer Aaron Sorkin. He declined to discuss the terms of the agreement.

Young's book, "The Politician," detailed how he helped hide Edwards' mistress during the candidate's second campaign for the White House...

..."He was the perfect one to write this," Young said. "I was really impressed by him and really impressed how he was focused on the tragedy of this rather than the tawdry."
Sorkin will have to use all of his considerable talents for this story not to end up as a Lifetime channel made-for-TV movie that shows yet another man behaving badly. I have a feeling that the snappy, up-tempo dialogue which Sorkin will likely write for this work will be vastly superior to what was actually said by the principals. Any suggestions out there for an actor who might do a nice job of portraying Edwards?

12 Comments:

By Blogger Diane Wilson, at Thu Jul 15, 07:42:00 PM:

I think Nathan Fillion could do a convincing John Edwards. He certainly has the acting talent to deliver Sorkin's dialog.  

By Blogger wayne fontes, at Thu Jul 15, 07:46:00 PM:

How about Tim Matheson? He might part his hair in the wrong spot, but it is perfect.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Jul 15, 07:51:00 PM:

Ashton Kutcher.  

By Blogger SR, at Thu Jul 15, 08:34:00 PM:

Alec Baldwin if he could get back his Red October figure.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jul 16, 05:55:00 AM:

Remind me again why I should give a damn about this.

JLW III  

By Anonymous QuakerCat, at Fri Jul 16, 08:55:00 AM:

I liked the work that Sorkin did on West Wing. I always felt that he did a pretty good job of at least throwing an intellectual conservative bone for the audience to mull (in the end the Lefties were always right and had this far-looking approach to "the movement.")

With that said, I am fearful that he would make Edwards a sympathetic figure of sorts; which will really make him an amazing writer especially since Edwards is a scum bag of epic proportions.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jul 16, 11:09:00 AM:

+ 1 to Nathan Fillion.  

By Blogger Progressively Defensive, at Fri Jul 16, 12:45:00 PM:

The Informant, Matt Damon.

It's in video stores and soon I would suppose cable TV. It starts off confusing, but gradually, the genius of it comes together. I would not ruin it, but it's about a guy like Edwards - the con-artist mentality. It gets funnier and funnier, especially if you imagine yourself to be Scott Bakula's character walking into the situation blind.

Edwards was a great trial lawyer who came very close to a legitimate shot at the White House (and who knows, might have done well enough; Clinton and Jefferson were scoundrels, too, but our scoundrels). But he made the mistake all lawyers try to avoid in a macro-legal way. He was not ready for the answer to a question he asked a witness (in this case the press).

Serenity ought to have won Best Picture that year.  

By Blogger druu222, at Fri Jul 16, 03:15:00 PM:

Greg Kinnear. Do an image search. Dead ringer.  

By Blogger Stephen, at Sat Jul 17, 12:41:00 PM:

Robert Downey Jr.  

By Blogger Bomber Girl, at Sat Jul 17, 04:31:00 PM:

Dang, I miss Firefly and Serenity. Although I would hate to see Fillion playing a crud like Edwards, would be great to see him back in something.  

By Blogger Assistant Village Idiot, at Sun Jul 18, 12:17:00 AM:

Al Franken  

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