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Rumor: Brad Pitt To Play John Marsten In Red Dead Film

Okay, so he wore a cowboy hat in "Legends of the Fall" and "Thelma and Louise." ...is that enough to qualify him for this role?

Well, whatever. As much as we hate to admit it, the guy's a darn good actor, and he might fit in rather well, provided he does something to his voice. The big rumor today, courtesy of ShowbizSpy, is that Brad Pitt is in the driver's seat for the role of John Marsten in the upcoming film version of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption. Various sources say Pitt "is the hot favorite" for the part right now; as one source said:

“This is an exciting project with a great character at the center of it. The idea is to make this in the style of an epic Western movie but with a few modern touches. Brad is perfect for the role and he is being given first refusal."

The game's story is very film-like in its style and presentation, and the plot would be pretty intense if done correctly on the big screen. Of course, Hollywood is notorious for screwing up movies based on games, so we're not exactly holding our breath...we're just trying to remain optimistic. You know, in retrospect, I should've just posted a pic of Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie...or both. I mean, that's Pitt's true legacy.

Related Game(s): Red Dead Redemption

Tags: red dead redemption, rdr, red dead redemption movie

8/26/2010 10:37:40 AM Ben Dutka

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StangMan80
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 10:55:41 AM
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Brad Pitt?
any body but him. Who knows maybe he'll do a good job, But like you said Ben He does need to do something with his voice.
I didn't even now they were making a movie one the second best game of 2010, GT5 being GOTY.

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manofchao5
Sunday, August 29, 2010 @ 6:47:35 PM

they should get the group of people who did prince of persia: sands of time
that was amazing!

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Bjorn77
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 11:10:58 AM
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Brad Pitt is an awesome actor... Snitch, Kalifornia, Burn after reading and the list with great performances goes on and on.

The man is good choice to play John Marsten, he could pull it off.

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photo K
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 1:23:44 PM

don't forget Fight Club! although Ed Norton should get most of the props.

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Orvisman
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 2:44:47 PM

You mean Snatch

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tlpn99
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 6:02:47 PM

No I think he meant Fight Club.

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Bjorn77
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 6:21:29 AM

No, I meant Snatch but wrote Snitch.

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Hezzron
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 11:12:13 AM
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Nice. I'm looking forward to watching Brad roll up his sleeves to gut some vermin.

As far as Hollywood screwing this up, they'll probably do that with a Angelina Jolie cameo as Tomb Raider.

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Underdog15
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 11:17:01 AM

hehe, probably.

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Underdog15
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 11:16:19 AM
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Funny, I was just talking about him with a co-worker yesterday. My co-worker claims he helped out huge in New Orleans. I haven't verified that though.

I personally always thought he was a bit of a tool, but he truly is a damn good actor. I wouldn't be cut up if he got the job.

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tes37
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 4:00:45 PM

I was told that he helped with re-building houses for people who were poor and left with nothing, but he tried to keep a low profile while doing it.

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CH1N00K
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 11:46:01 AM
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He did a hell of a job in "The Assasination of Jesse James" He'll play a good marsten.

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Bjorn77
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 12:31:46 PM

Yes that is a great movie! Thinking about that movie, they should also ask Sam Rockwell to play one of the characters in RDR the movie, he can play an outlaw from the old west and does it masterful. Just think about what the guy pulled of in The Green Mile, top notch acting.

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chedison
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 12:37:30 PM

yes! That is one of my favorite movies. Him and Case Affleck were incredible in that

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 4:21:13 PM

One of the best movies of the last decade, seriously underrated, no idea why either :(

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Banky A
Saturday, August 28, 2010 @ 3:55:25 PM

Loved it. Brad can pull it off.

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ABUrabad
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 11:55:52 AM
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that acting capabilities would match John Marsten's personality
and beside that i dont think that Brad will participate in a low quality transformation of that game into a movie maybe that will push the movie into a higher quality criteria because a lot of movies stands on game adaptation were awful the last one i remember was the TEKKEN

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Gone
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 11:58:27 AM
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Javier Bardem from "No Country for Old Men" would have been a better choice.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 12:15:02 PM

That guy's massively overrated.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 12:55:00 PM

And terribly ugly

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Hezzron
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 1:26:36 PM

And the voice would be really wrong. I've yet to see him hide his thick Spanish accent when he talks American.

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 1:34:22 PM

@ ben


Javier Bardem played one of the best criminals in a film ever. anton chigurh is one of the most memorable villians besides joker.

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Underdog15
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 1:43:50 PM

Anton who?

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 2:08:10 PM

the villian from "no country for old men"

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 3:01:54 PM

Perhaps the most overrated movie of all time. No point, no purpose, no redeeming value. And that character most CERTAINLY had no point.

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Alienange
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 3:16:49 PM

Tell me about it. What the hell was that movie even about? When the credits rolled I felt like ralfing.

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 3:48:19 PM

oh man ya'll are crazy lol. i guess we have to agree to disagree.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 4:10:44 PM

Alienange: The movie was about nothing. I swear.

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tes37
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 5:17:25 PM

I think the movie sucked because it gave me the same awful feeling I got when I watched Faces of Death a long time ago. I think No Country For Old Men was just as Ben and Alienange said. It was pointless.



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Rings0fUranus
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 5:51:21 PM

Josh Brolin would be the infinitely better choice. He even looks like Marston. He could play the part well.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 6:28:57 PM

No not Josh Brolin, he was horrible in Jonah Hex. He does look like Marsten and the voice would fit, but then it would be like Jonah Hex all over. Horrible choice, Brad Pitt being the better actor is a good choice!

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 6:40:13 PM

No Country For Old Men is an absolute jewel! The Coen brothers are two of the last great American movie makers....doesn't surprise me that they are continuously getting the "independent treatment" due to the sophistication of many of their films.

No Country For Old Men put so many movies from Hollywood that year to SHAME.

It is slightly arthouse, i'll give ya that, so obviously, it won't go down to well with a casual audience looking for run of the mill action.

The film is a landmark with a LOT of meaning. I'd suggest trying to dig into it rather than watching the surface, waiting for the big wave. It's extreamly clever and broke free of any cliché shackle to become it's own league, equipped with a haunting atmosphere and some incredibly tense scenes with clever camera shots.

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Alienange
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 7:05:29 PM

@ Lotusflow3r - I think you're thinking of Memento. :p

The movie wasn't that deep. You could have summed up the point of the movie in two sentences. It was dull and full of senseless violence.

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tes37
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 7:26:21 PM

Just because someone doesn't like senseless murder, they are therefore casual and like run of the mill action films.

That doesn't make sense , is stereotyping people, and is most definitely not true.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 11:58:13 PM

Sorry, "No Country for Old Men" might fool some people into thinking there's something lurking beneath the surface but trust me...there isn't.

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NeoHumpty
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 11:59:18 AM
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The first rule of Duel Club is....you do not talk about Duel Club.

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leatherface
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 5:09:06 PM

the second rule of duel club... is, you don't talk about the blue PS3 giveaway on PSX Exterme.

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Deleted User
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 12:20:42 PM
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I don't know why they need to make a Red Dead Redemption movie. I don't want to see the best game of 2010 be turned into a crappy paint-by-numbers Western.

BTW, isn't his last name spelled Marston?

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NeoHumpty
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 12:36:22 PM

Yeah. I've been told the story now from playing it. I don't see how making a movie of it could do any better.

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Amazingskillz
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 12:29:56 PM
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Pitt is cool. No qualms against him. He seems like a generally nice guy. Havent played RDR yet. Still have to play HR & GOW3.

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 12:30:01 PM
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I like Pitt, but....,no.

He doesn't fit.

You also, don't need any star power for a film, that's just thinking business, mainstream Hollywoods fave thing to do.
You just need every idea to marry the other. Betraying the idea for anything outside of the idea's circle, like thinking of star power, will get you into trouble.
Many writers write parts exclusively for actors....Red Dead was not written for Brad.

I wish Hollywoods power was turned inside out.

Lastly, The Red Dead movie is already made, the GAME.

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Kokushi
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 12:47:14 PM
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Ben, rent The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Pitt was great and Casey Affleck was amazing in that movie too.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 12:55:21 PM
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This could be a fit since Pitt is all old now.

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Maiq The Liar
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 1:09:11 PM

He's a class actor but, nah no way, he just doesnt seem to fit the cowboy type. But I could be wrong...

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Underdog15
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 9:12:47 AM

I also never pegged him as a Nazi killin' Jew, but he pulled that off! lol

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frostface
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 1:11:50 PM
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Get Clint Eastwood in, he's still got a few years left in him!

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photo K
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 1:24:25 PM

haha there's like a 40 year old difference between Clint and the main character.

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CH1N00K
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 5:56:07 PM

If you're going to go that route, why don't we just clone John Wayne and put him back up there? lol.. Or how about Kevin Costner, He has a knack for long westerns..let him have a go at it and he'll make the movie as long as it take to play the game, including all the side missions.

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Amazingskillz
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 1:28:11 PM
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Clint Eastwoods gotta be damn near 80 years old! Whatcha smokin frostface. Lol at photo K's picture

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frostface
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 1:40:26 PM

Lol, I know, wanted to judge peoples reactions...however a cameo would rule!

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DjEezzy
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 1:30:02 PM
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I think mickey rourke would be a good choice for this role. He's about as rough as you get and his voice fits pretty well. Him or Bruce Willis. Maybe not... Just my 2cents i guess.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 1:45:07 PM
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Viggo Mortensen. He made a pretty good cowboy in Hidalgo. But seriously, I don't want a Red Dead movie, the game wasn't really cohesive enough I think. Too much Mexico, not enough point making. They'd have to cut the guts of the movie in a huge way and that would just kill the spirit of the game.
Peace.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 4:11:46 PM

I'll go with Mortensen. He's got the right look and style, I think.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 6:32:38 PM

Yeah Vigo could do it! I like that! And Hidalgo was good!

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Kai200X
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 2:58:05 PM
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I guess Brad Pitt is not a bad actor, but I can't really imagine him being John Marston, and no, I don't have any casting suggestion. I guess I'll wait and see if any new candidates will be select.

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Kai200X
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 10:06:47 PM

Maybe someone like Hugh Jackman?

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Jalex
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 3:03:35 PM
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I sure hope not.
While Pitt has been in several great films, the only exemplary performance I've seen him give was in '12 Monkeys.' Almost everywhere else he seems to be playing some variation of the neanderthal.

As suggested by Lawless, I believe Viggo Mortensen would be a far better choice for the role.

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Alienange
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 3:19:56 PM
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RDR has the best main character in any video game to date. You can't just throw up Pitt to play him on the big screen. They should do some serious talent hunting and give us someone fresh and accurate.

"Last kill. Heh heh heh."

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bigrailer19
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 6:29:47 PM

They need a big name to carry the film. If they want it to succeed they gotta bring in a audience.

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Alienange
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 7:11:25 PM

That's only what Hollywood believes. What ever happened to the good old days when a nobody by the name of Harrison Ford came on the scene and made a legend out of Indiana Jones?

The same can't be done for Marston ?

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bigrailer19
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 7:52:13 PM

No im not saying the movie cant be good with a big name actor. It really can. But Brad Pitt would bring an audience is all im saying.

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Cuetes
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 3:32:57 PM
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I like Brad but I think that guy "the butcher" from Gangs of New York, and There will be blood would be a perfect fit. I think his name is Daniel Day-Lewis.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 4:11:12 PM

He could do it. That guy is a bad-ass.

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CH1N00K
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 5:57:08 PM

That's the best suggestion yet! I love it.

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JackC8
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 3:33:10 PM
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Rockstar gives us John Marston, Hollywood replaces him with Brad Pitt. I wonder why my PS3 gets about 500 times more use than my cable box.

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swapnilgyani
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 4:30:40 PM
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Brad Pitt's a good actor, no doubt.

My pick for playing John Marsten would be Christian Bale...

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bigrailer19
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 6:30:13 PM

Ugh why? Whats the deal about Bale, hes horrible...

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booze925
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 4:34:42 PM
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i would prefer no red dead movie period.
those hollywood, southern californian bums would kill it... even though R* san diego made it

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tes37
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 4:37:02 PM
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I don't have anything against Brad Pitt, but I'm not sure he's the right person to play John Marsten. He definitely doesn't do accents very well, not that it would matter much in this case.

I wonder if some movie directors' intended audiences are people who don't play games. If I like a game, I don't want to see someone's alternate take on the storyline.

Maybe some of these guys could fund the re-make of certain games we've been asking for instead.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 6:31:51 PM
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They first off need to get Clint Eastwood to direct the movie, then pick up a lead character which I think Pitt would do great in. Without having a good film director especially for the time period the movie is doomed anyways.

Call up Eastwood asap!

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ChronowerX_GT
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 7:10:08 PM

Pity Clint isn't 40 years younger. Could have made Red Dead Dollars.

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ChronowerX_GT
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 7:11:53 PM
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I thought Christian Bale or Sam Worthington would have played the role good. Don't know how Brad would be.

Is the movie actually confirmed or just a rumor?

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Jawknee
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 9:22:25 PM

Sam worthington?

Oh nuoooooo...he's a terrible actor.

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Jawknee
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 9:25:01 PM
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Brad Pitt is the same in all his movies. The last good movie he made in my opinion was Fight Club.

I'm with the guy who said Daniel Day Lewis. He's a way better actor.

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Bjorn77
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 4:26:15 AM

You are nuts, he made tons of good movies after Fight Club! And Fight Club was more Edward Norton's movie.
Go rent "Burn after Reading", "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" or "Snatch"... All after Fight Club and great movies

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BikerSaint
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 10:17:18 PM
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I can't recall the name of the movie, but Brad Pitt was pretty good in it, where he was ordered to go to Mexico to retrieve that rare pistol. So I'm sure he could do a western.

But since I haven't played RDR yet, I haven't got a clue to who would be a great fit for it.

But I nominate both Powers Booth, and Danny Trejo, to play "at least some body" in the upcoming RDR pic, since they're both well known bad-asses.

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Bjorn77
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 4:19:16 AM

Name of the movie: The Mexican.

Also James gandolfini, Tony from the Sopranos, plays in that one. It is indeed a good movie.

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THEVERDIN
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 10:14:39 PM
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They should use Josh Brolin

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Zorigo
Saturday, August 28, 2010 @ 7:54:22 AM
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I reckon he'd actually nail it... although if you really wanted.. add george clooney as one of the other characters.

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GuyverLT
Saturday, August 28, 2010 @ 10:34:27 AM
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I'm not a big Brad pitt fan but if he can't pull that role off then who else would they get. It would be interesting to who they'll get to step up if the deal with brad doesn't go smooth.

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timjayko
Saturday, August 28, 2010 @ 2:04:16 PM
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I know I'm going to get a lot of heat for this, and personally I don't respect the guy... but I think Tom Cruise would be able to pull of a damn good John Marsten. If he had a look similar to his look in "The Last Samurai" and changed his voice a bit.

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acolyte
Saturday, August 28, 2010 @ 3:04:55 PM
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This is a waste of time and energy. Hollywood should leave the games alone, and gaming should stop producing games from film. There are infinitely better writers out there than what was produced in RDR.

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Robochic
Sunday, August 29, 2010 @ 11:53:47 PM
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I like brad pitt and vidgo mortensen both great actors they both could pull it off. I would of also said James Elliott but I think he's a little old for the part.

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