Josh Brolin on Wall Street: 'The most formulaic thing Oliver's ever done'

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09.24.10 20 Comments

Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opens today, and all-around Hollywood awesome dude Josh Brolin plays the film’s villain, Evil Motorcycle Guy.  Brolin was also the subject of this month’s Playboy interview, in which he offered this possibly telling quote:

“The movie is more formulaic than anything Oliver’s ever attempted before [dramatic pause inserted here by the editor before Brolin tries to put a positive spin on what he just said] but in the most beautiful, Oliver-esque way.

Oliver Stone has made some great movies and some crappy ones — what makes this quote possibly telling is that Wall Street 2 was co-written by Allan Loeb, who previously wrote the puke-inducingly formulaic 21 and The Switch.  He also has like 10 projects in development, most of which sound like awesom-o pitches, including:

  • Just Go With It: An Adam Sandler vehicle for Grown Ups director Dennis Dugan in which a guy rents a family to impress the girl of his dreams.
  • The Dilemma, in which Vince Vaughn catches his best friend Kevin James’ wife cheating on him with Channing Tatum, probably because he’s fat. He needs to get his groove back. You could totally combine this with Hitch.
  • A remake of the 2006 French film The Valet, “about a parking valet who is enlisted to impersonate the lover of a famous fashion model in order to deflect attention from her relationship with a married businessman.”  Aka Pretty Man.
  • A Little Game Without Consequence, “based on a French play of the same title which concerns a seemingly perfect couple who realize that their friends never liked them as couple to begin with after they pretend to break up.”

I can’t tell if the guy actually thinks like a Hollywood script-generating software machine or if he’s  a genius who figured out how to turn studios into his personal ATM machine.  Meanwhile, Brolin’s quote reminds me of Adam Carolla’s interview shorthand for when celebrities get asked about people they don’t like.  If a celebrity doesn’t like someone but can’t say it, the exchange will go something like, “What’s Jeremy Piven like? …Oh, you know. Jeremy’s Jeremy.”

“Did I say Wall Street 2 was formulaic?  What I meant was that it’s Oliver-esque.  Just wonderfully, beautifully Olivery.”

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