MCN Blogs
David Poland

By David Poland

Revisting Ms. McAdams Before The Notebook Hit

I actually did a sit down with McAdams sometime last summer, but I don’t know whether I ever wrote about it. But as recently as a few months ago, I seem to recall being mocked for picking her as one to bet on. Here is the piece from May 2004… the first blush of what seems obvious now.
And just wait until you see her in another different yet similar (definition of a movie star) supporting role, expertly chosen and chased, in The Family Stone

Be Sociable, Share!

11 Responses to “Revisting Ms. McAdams Before The Notebook Hit”

  1. The Premadator says:

    Yeah but didn’t you say recently that she had a reputation for being difficult to work with?
    A major league See You Next Tuesday?
    Once I hear that stuff, I start to lose interest.
    That last thing we need is another humorless Demi Moore making 20 mil a pic.

  2. Angelus21 says:

    I remember reading that. I think. She is going to be a big star but she better make her money fast. Women stars lose box office appeal very quickly.

  3. David Poland says:

    I never suggested that she had turned into a succubus. Only that she was being difficult about promotion… which she got better advice on and became less difficult about as the summer wore on. I expect that Fox will have her full cooperation on The Famiiy Stone… and then, she will have to accept the idea that she is, in part, a commodity and determine how she will handle herself from that point on.
    Given that she is a kid who has been in Hollywood for all of four years, she deserves a little breathing room. The same way that an acor or director signing onto a script forces them to accept some things they can’t change, whatever kind of rep Ms. McAdams wants, she needs to decide when she signs on. She should remember that the reason Cruise and Schwarzenegger and Hanks became so huge was in no small part because they handled press more willingly and more skillfully than any of the others.
    Selling the movie you took millions to act in is a part of the bargain. And the stars who accept that and are kind to those who are supporting them in that effort are usually the ones who last longer.

  4. Mark Ziegler says:

    Why the anti Demi stuff? In her prime she was a good actress who was also hot enough. It is hard for ladies to keep doing it into their 40’s. Thru having a family and raising it.

  5. Anonymous in Chicago says:

    I remember her from Mean Girls and she stole the movie from Lindsay. I remember thinking at the end, who is that girl? She’s got perfect comic timing.
    She could easily fill Julia Roberts’ spot. I’m going to see Redeye in a few days. Pooped from seeing back to back Singleton movies: H&F & 4 Brothers, which is showing it has long legs. Both will end up cult classics, DVD bonanzas. 4 Bros was a big surprise, very well made.

  6. Angelus21 says:

    Four Brothers was really good. Much better than I ever expected it to be. Maybe I’m a sucker for Mark Wahlberg.

  7. PandaBear says:

    Reese Witherspoon couldn’t handle it. Jolie’s movies couldn’t make a profit without an A list male star. The void is there to be filled.

  8. lindenen says:

    Why couldn’t Reese Witherspoon “handle it”?

  9. Terence D says:

    What has Reese done since Sweet Home Alabama? Vanity Fair was a terrible movie. The Legally Blonde 2 didn’t do well. Especially as well as #1. Seems like she had her chance to step into Julia Roberts’ shoes and they didn’t fit.

  10. sky_capitan says:

    she looks like Cate Blanchett’s younger sister to me
    McAdams and Witherspoon are both 28, but Witherspoon feels like she’s been around forever. Interesting to see where they are 10 years from now

  11. joefitz84 says:

    Reese certainly has more hits and a more diverse background. Rachel is playing catch up.

The Hot Blog

Quote Unquotesee all »

It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon