• Thu, Jan 26 2012

If You Want To Get Financing For Your Film Then Maybe You Shouldn’t Consider Blake Lively For The Lead

Just last week director Steven Soderbergh announced the cast for his upcoming psychological thriller, Side Effects. The stars were to include Jude Law, Channing Tatum and as the female lead, Blake Lively, who was to play a “troubled young woman who develops a dangerous love triangle between her doctor and her newly paroled husband.” However, Annapurna pictures has evidently backed out of the project and it seems to be because of Lively.

Although there doesn’t appear to be an exact reason as to why it was thought that Lively wasn’t a good choice, many have been left wondering. Perhaps it’s her lack of experience in being a leading lady or maybe it’s hard to imagine the Gossip Girl actress playing such a tough role. Either way, Annapurna has stepped back for the meantime and discussions are now in place to find a replacement. As of now the April start date to film in New York City is still on and possible actresses for the role that are being considered are Rooney Mara and Michelle Williams who, unlike Lively, have already proven their leading lady success with both Oscar nominations and box office earnings.

Soderbergh has yet to say whether or not Lively will be cut completely or if she’ll be shifted to a supporting role instead. Before Annapurna stepped in to provide financing, both Summit and Paramount were interested but they, too, were iffy on who would be able to produce a lead female character that would make their investment worth it.

The real question here is how any producer would be willing to back Tatum, but not Lively. Another question is where did Tatum come from exactly and why does he keep getting roles? My couch is a better actor than that guy.

You can reach this post's author, Amanda Chatel, on twitter.
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  • Rachel

    Michelle Williams leading lady success with box office earnings? Blue Valentine = 12M worldwide, My week with Marilyn = 17M worldwide. Good luck.

  • jilly

    I agree about Tatum….why keep him and sack Lively?

  • james

    Tatum admits he is not the best actor. I dont think he’s bad. The producers and directors see talent in him, Ms. Chatel is just a reporter.

    • Amanda Chatel

      “Just a reporter” – that’s cute! It’s not a good day unless an internet commenter insults me! James, I bet you have “Step Up” in your DVD player at all times… probably “Dear John,” too. xo.

    • Nancy

      Directors and Producers have a lot of other things on their mind than the quality of an actors work. I’d say these do even more so, since they jumped right to Rooney Mara and Michele Williams who are definitely a few “it” women right now.

  • LCT

    My armchair is also better than Channing Tatum. It’s the tiny beady eyes, out of proportion with the rest of his face, I think, that does it. You can’t see any real emotion!

    And Blake Lively may be an actress, but she’s still a bimbo (which has nothing to do with her hair color, btw). She doesn’t bring the proper gravitas to a dark role. It’s like Tom Cruise: he may give a good performance, but the audience is never going to forget that they are watching Tom Cruise play Character X.

  • Ray

    He was Really Good in Guide To Recoginize Your Saint. That’s when I realize this guy is getting to much bad heat for thing.He aint good but he’s not that worse like some people make him seem. He even claim he’s not good actor but at least he said he’s trying to improve and I give him props for that. He seem nice and down to earth that people would like work with him. With good trainin, he could improve. I saw the Eagel the other day on Cable. He did fine job to me. I’ll take him over mark walberg. Plus on unlike mark, Tatum doesn’t seem to see himself as Oscar worthy. He just like to act whether he is good at it or not unlike mark who swears he is the sh8t.

    I dont even Like Channing like that here I am defending the MOFO lol I should get paid lol

    • Nancy

      I was totally agreeing with you in liking him as a person because he admits he’s not a great actor but is trying to get better. But you’d take him over Mark Whalberg!?!?! What planet do you live on?! lol

      The only things I remember him in are Step Up and She’s the Man. And he sucked in both, though his awkwardness was just extra entertaining in She’s the Man since it was goofy anyway.

    • ray

      lol I just don’t like Mark Whalberg Voice. He’s always doing this bitching low whispering voice when he’s trying to show emotion or when he’s talking period. I’ll Take channing wooden ass over that voice lol. it’s like why does Mark talk like that lol. I like him in the departed and fear. His voice in fighter,the happening(although it was crap anyways.he didnt help)and the lovely bones killed me. I couldn’t lol

  • Ray

    @ Nancy lol I just don’t like Mark Whalberg Voice. He’s always doing this bitching low whispering voice when he’s trying to show emotion or when he’s talking period. I’ll Take channing wooden ass over that voice lol. it’s like why does Mark talk like that lol. I like him in the departed and fear. His voice in fighter,the happening(although it was crap anyways.he didnt help)and the lovely bones killed me. I couldn’t lol

  • Sarah

    What is the point of this conversation? All you all are doing is making yourselves look like a bunch of five-year-olds throwing temper tantrums. He’s not the best actor, yes, he’s admitted he isn’t. He’s trying to get better and for some reason, producers and directors see something in him that we haven’t. Arguing over this fact isn’t going to do any good.

  • james

    In my early comment, I was not trying too insult or hurt anyones feelling.I was just stating a fact.
    If you judge Tatum actoring by his early work in” She’s the Man” and “Step Up”, then yes I would agree he’s a bad actor. But his work after that was much better (Stop-Loss, The Eagle, Dilemma, Dear John, Haywire and even G.I. Joe) ” A Guide To Recoginize Your Saint”, The Independent Spirit Award nominated him for Best Supporting Actor. Producers and director like him because he is hard working to improve his skills. Remember early work of Brad Pitt, James Franco and yes Mark Whalberg wasn’t good either, and like Taum they work hard to get better.This is why he keeps getting roles.
    Some people need to get pass Tatum good looks, than they see his improvment and his talents.

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