Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

The Return of Michael Pitt!

PITT!I had not realized that HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" had retained the services of Michael Pitt in the role of Steve Buscemi's protege. Pitt's work can most often, these past few years, be viewed solely under the JMZ elevated, as he struts along in a t-shirt that displays his scars and tattoos and his tight filthy jeans with the rocker belts. How reclusive is he? His band's website only plays music; it has no words or, you know, gig announcements. He has not made a movie since Funny Games. But here he is on the HBO: "Mr. Pitt was simply made for the fashions of the 1920s, with his big DiCaprio-y cherub face and creepily empty eyes." He's the DiCaprio of opposite-land. He's always seemed like he might just slip off the planet and disappear for good. So my anticipation level has tripled.

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mrschem (#1,757)

Word to that. He is one creepy looking cherub.

Funny Games would not have been nearly as creepy with anyone else in his role. (She says, never having seen the original.)

Miles Klee (#3,657)

The original dude gets a creep-boost via Austrianism. But yeah.

Why have I seen both versions? I don't know, but the fact worries me.


Aforementioned delightful creepiness is also why he was so poorly cast as Henry in Dawson's Creek. (yes, that was him, and no, I am not ashamed to know that)

jrb (#3,020)

I saw Pacey Witter's older brother in something recently and was jonesing for some Creek, circa '99. **NO SHAME**

jrb (#3,020)


jrb (#3,020)

(trying to get a chant goin)

maebefunke (#154)

Football camp! Jen as the older woman!

David Cho (#3)

B-side Leonardo DiCaprio.

He was lovely in The Dreamers.

garge (#736)


saythatscool (#101)

I am just looking forward to everyone on this show, Buscemi, Pitt, Michael Shannon, et al.
I don't remember the last time I actually felt anticipation for a tv program but this? This is going to be awesome.

Mary HK Choi (#1,469)

DUDES. Remember the David Yurman print ads?? Why? So bizarre.

maebefunke (#154)


iplaudius (#1,066)

I do remember. I thought someone sucked someone’s dick, or got the comp cards confused, or something. Or maybe Mr. Yurman is a big Hedwig fan.

Vulpes (#946)

There really is something vaguely unwholesome with Scorcese's DiCaprio fetish; now he's even casting lookalikes when he can't get the real thing! Just fuck him, Marty, and get it over with!

mickeyitaliano (#2,202)

M.Pitt is the balls (and he's not afraid to show them). When Martin "Film Historian" Scorsese knows your work (obscure at best), you gotta believe in small films and the casting process. Case in point the girl who plays Jessica the vampire in True Blood. Since that show she is now working non-stop. Now, can Lou Taylor Pucci get the same respect?

hockeymom (#143)

The original Funny Games was one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen. I watched it by accident and couldn't turn it off. I actively try not to think about it…but every so often it will pop into my head. Last summer, one of the kids rolled a golf ball into the kitchen and I lost it.
I got pissed when I heard there was going to be a remake because that movie is just WRONG.

Those lips, those eyes.

Baboleen (#1,430)

I remember seeing him in a Law and Order episode where he played, very convincingly, a sociopath who did bad things to people and animals.

skahammer (#587)

His turn as Kurt Cobain in Van Sant's Last Days: Mesmerizing, or incoherent? (Comments on the film as a whole are okay too.)

Jacques Day (#5,697)

You're awesome to mention _Last Days_. That perfomance makes him the best of his generation (though I thought his acoustic guitar performance was cringe-worthy and very un-Cobain and should've been cut.)

And certainly the film is sublime–but then I'm a guy who likes to put on a dress, boots, and stumble around with a shotgun.

Kate Steinberg (#7,329)

Irrelevantly relevant: Michael Pitt's sister once styled my hair, for my sister-in-law's wedding. She was nice.

iplaudius (#1,066)

He was cute in Hedwig. Now that he’s getting older, and the lines and contours of adulthood are showing on his face, he looks handsome indeed. Smoldering?

Crantastical (#4,127)

I first came upon him in Hedwig. Then that weird Sandra Bullock movie. He does a good job of playing amoral.

bb (#295)

I think of him as the bizarro Mr. Big because those are the two celebs I have seen multiple times in NY.

allnighter (#3,306)

Interesting. He also played Steve Buscemi's protege in the crappy 2006 movie "Delirious." Hopefully this will be better.

alexanderchee (#3,995)

It is on.

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