Talk about a challenging role

By Dogtown Commoner | Posted at 10:43 pm, August 20th, 2007 | Topic: art

That’s not a photo of Bob Dylan — it’s a photo of Cate Blanchett playing Bob Dylan in a new Todd Haynes / Harvey Weinstein movie. It’s all explained in this NYTimes article.

Like a lot of people, I think Blanchett is one of the best actresses around. She steals movies even when her role is pretty minor (The Talented Mr. Ripley, for example). And I admire actors who challenge themselves instead of resting on their laurels or playing the same sort of character over and over. There’s always a danger, though, that the urge to challenge oneself, and to show one’s virtuosity, will come to overshadow the underlying talent. Let’s hope that’s not the case here — playing Dylan seems very hard for any man to do well, never mind a woman.