Nov 10, 2006

Too Much Information

You can't walk around New York these days without seeing this face (on posters for an exhibit at the Morgan Library of early Dylanania). It's an iconic photo from the cover of The Times They Are A-Changin' record, and it serves as a handy reminder that the casting of Cate Blanchett as one of a chorus of Dylans in Todd Haynes' upcoming I'm Not There makes an odd kind of sense (even if that multiple-Dylan thing sounds a little too close to the deadly premise of the musical Lennon, or Todd Solondz's Palindromes). This and other youthful photos definitely suggest a strong physical resemblance, but I've been wondering: Can Cate sound like him? According to costar Heath Ledger (also one of the film's Dylans), she goes even further than that:
"Cate Blanchett has done such an incredible transformation in this movie, it's gonna blow you away. She walks, talks, sings, smells like Bob Dylan."
(emph. added)
No word on how Heath's musky scent measures up to the original. Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Bobby Z. is trying to play Cate Blanchett himself, or at least borrow her hair color.

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