Thursday, February 05, 2004

If the casting news is any indication, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie might not suck:

    Sam Rockwell, star of CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND and known to science fiction fans as Guy the security guy in GALAXY QUEST, will be sipping Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters shortly because the actor has been cast as Zaphod Beeblebrox in the HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY movie. The two-headed President of the Galaxy is one of the two that pick up the last Earthman, Arthur Dent, and his companion Ford Prefect after the Earth has been destroyed by the Vogon contruction force. Martin Freeman, Mos Des and Zooey Deschanel have already been cast as Arthur, Ford and Trillian, respectively, in the film.

Sam Rockwell, of course, kicks ass like a great giant ass-kicking thing that kicks asses. I've been willing to watch him in just about anything ever since I saw him doing an interview for Galaxy Quest in which it became quickly apparent that he had constructed an elaborate backstory for his character, who was, really, not much more than a bit part. If I ever get around to picking up Confessions of a Dangerous Mind on DVD, I'll make a point of watching his screen test for the role of Chuck Barris.

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