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Director Steven Frears Thinks No One Can Replace Ali For His HBO Pic

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act February 16, 2012 at 2:51PM

Director Stephen Frears (Interview with A Vampire) has announced that he will not cast an actor for the role of Muhammad Ali in his soon-in-production HBO film Muhammad's Ali's Greatest Fight, and will instead use achival footage of Ali for his film.
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Muhammad Ali

Director Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liasions) has announced that he will not cast an actor for the role of Muhammad Ali in his soon-in-production HBO film Muhammad's Ali's Greatest Fight, and will instead use achival footage of Ali for his film.

The film doesn't deal with boxing, but instead with Ali's battle with the Supreme Count over his belief as a Muslim as conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. Ali was actually convicted by a Houston court and spent three years exiled from the ring as his case slowly made it's way to the Supreme Couurt.

(And for those too young to remember that was a HUGE story back then; what athlete would have the guts to do something like that today? Go ahead name me one)

Personally, I agree with Frears' decision since, for me, there is no actor I think of who could do justice to Ali (And no, not even Will Smith) and having an actor to play the role would constantly take me out of the film.

What do you say?

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