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Filmism.net Dispatch January 22, 2012

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There can be a very strong self-fulfilling prophecy phenomenon in the movie industry. Fans among the movie press love movies so much they react to them by imagining what they'd like to see, including certain actors playing certain roles.

Not really any smarter or more creative than fans or the film press, producers, stunt, special effects or and casting people read the same stuff as film fans and apparently think it's a great idea. I remember chatter in a movie magazine somewhere way back in the mid 90s before every movie fan had his own blog that Ewan McGregor would make a fantastic young Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The idea was passed around, it started appearing in more stories and comment and more people started thinking it was a good idea. I'm not saying George Lucas read some magazine article and said 'Hey, they're right', but I wouldn't rule it out. He's made plenty of other similarly impenetrable creative decisions.

I was reminded of that whole story recently because similar buzz has started bubbling up about Gina Carano, the female mixed martial arts champion who also happens to be quite beautiful (so it was only a matter of time before she had an action movie career).

At the press junket for Stephen Soderbergh's Haywire, where she plays a private mercenary, someone said she'd be a great Wonder Woman with her unique blend of looks and skills. I've seen it talked about again more since then. The idea is snowballing and it's quite right, Carano would make a brilliant Wonder Woman.

The dangerous beauty was evasive about giving up fighting to be a movie star at the press conference, but they're always trying to seem unassuming and modest in front of the media. Maybe Carano's rubbing her hands together with glee right now at the prospect of the fame, money and glamour that would ensue if she strapped on the golden lasso.

I've also noticed the Filmism.net Dispatch has made way too many Star Wars references lately, so I'm declaring a moratorium for a month. And to celebrate, here's a look at a film that couldn't be further from a sci-fi opus, Lars von Trier's Antichrist.

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