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Kevin Kline to portray Errol Flynn


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It will be the second time for Kline as a screen swashbuckler - he previously played Douglas Fairbanks in CHAPLIN. Here's the details on the upcoming film:

 

After years of physical comparisons between the two, *Kevin Kline* will finally get to portray the legendary Hollywood icon *Errol Flynn* in a new drama — but no swashbuckling or other action involved. [Variety|http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118060563] has the scoop on the project, which sees Kline under the guidance of directors *Richard Glatzer* and *Wash Westmoreland*, who also wrote the film.

 

After last writing and directing the drama *Quinceanera* back in 2006, the duo have set their new project as *The Last of Robin Hood*. The film would follow Kline as Flynn, tracking his final days before passing away after a heart attack at the relatively young age of 50. Things get more complicated when the story opens up about “his relationship with 17 year-old Beverly Aadland, an actress who was allegedly seduced by Flynn when she was only 15 years old.”

 

While Aadland’s part has yet to be cast, *Susan Sarandon* is circling the role of her mother Florence, who despite dreams of being a star, “ended up living vicariously through her daughter.” While not all the factual details are clear, Beverly did indeed confirm this sexual relationship back in the 1980s. Looking at Flynn’s entire, stunning career, this isn’t exactly the story I’d want to hear most, but I can’t think of a better actor playing his part.

 

 

Production kicks off in January, with producing efforts by *Christine Vachon’*s Killer Films.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://thefilmstage.com/news/kevin-kline-steps-into-errol-flynns-legendary-shoes-for-robin-hood-susan-sarandon-also-joins/

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> {quote:title=Hibi wrote:}{quote}

> No, just an old one. Errol looked a lot older than his real age at that time.....

I think KK will do fine as EF... Read more about the film here: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118060563

 

Movie will be about EF's relationship with Beverley Aadland in the year and change or so before his death:

 

Bev Aadland and Flynn in photo below.

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Read more and view more photos here:

http://www.nickelinthemachine.com/2009/06/errol-flynn-and-beverly-aadland-at-the-lido-club-in-swallow-street/

 

The above also includes a link to footage of Flynn on the Canadian TV show "Front Page Challenge" that he did about 8 months before he passed away. But the link is kaput.

 

Instead, go here to the CBC Archives site to see the "Front Page Challenge" clip with Flynn:

http://www.cbc.ca/archives/discover/great-interviews/revolution-in-cuba.html

 

You have to watch ads at the link above before the clip with Flynn starts...

 

"Front Page Challenge" was a Canadian TV show where a regular panel of journalists had to guess the identity of a mystery guest. Flynn's appearance on the show was on Jan. 13, 1959 - he passed away on Oct. 14, 1959. It's a 7 minute clip in which he talks about his experiences in Cuba.

 

More about B. Aadland here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverly_Aadland

 

Edited by: RMeingast on Oct 10, 2012 7:03 PM

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Um, no.

 

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Sorry about the size of that last photo...it's been my desktop picture for 3 months now and think it captures Flynn's essence. Although Kline's a fine actor, I doubt he's good enough to convince me he's Flynn.

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> {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}Interesting that it mentions that Flynn was considered for the lead role in LOLITA, but was rejected because he had been charged with statutory rape. Good thinking.

Bev Aadland was supposed to play "Lolita," allegedly, with Flynn playing opposite her as "Humbert."

The reference in the Wiki article is from "The Dame in the Kimono: Hollywood, Censorship, and the Production Code" by Leonard J. Leff, Jerold L. Simmons (University Press of Kentucky, 2001):

 

http://books.google.ca/books?id=bkU7CKBubgMC&pg=PA229&dq=%22Beverly+Aadland%22&hl=en&ei=z9FmTeqdMMXPgAfo1fDLCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Beverly%20Aadland%22&f=false

 

 

So, I don't know how truthful it is, or not???

 

 

In the comments section of the article I posted a link to below

(http://www.nickelinthemachine.com/2009/06/errol-flynn-and-beverly-aadland-at-the-lido-club-in-swallow-street/), there's a remark made by a niece of Bev's:

 

 

 

 

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SherrieGG says:

[ January 9, 2010 at 5:10 am|http://www.nickelinthemachine.com/2009/06/errol-flynn-and-beverly-aadland-at-the-lido-club-in-swallow-street/comment-page-1/#comment-1919]

Beverly died two days ago (1/6/2010) in Palmdale, CA of complications related to diabetes. She was 66 years old and she was indeed fifteen when she met Errol.

 

Beverly and my mother are half-sisters (same mother, different fathers). My grandmother was an absolute loon (fortunately my grandfather got custody of my mother at the time of the divorce).

 

Bev was a lot of things. Golddigger was not one of them.

 

 

Funeral arrangements are pending. The memorial service will be conducted by the Reverent Joy Eilers at the Eilers family ranch in the San Fernando Valley. Joy’s parents fostered Bev after my grandmother was jailed for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Errol died before Bev’s eighteenth birthday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obit for Beverly Aadland here:

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jan/10/local/la-me-beverly-aadland10-2010jan10

 

Another interesting obit here:

http://www.smh.com.au/national/obituaries/errol-flynns-last-girlfriend-was-no-pushover-on-the-bearskin-rug-20100113-m6xy.html

 

Flynn and Aadland from 1959's "Cuban Rebel Girls":

 

 

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I don't know what to think about this? I'm not an expert on Flynn and don't know the details of what went on with him, Bev and her mother.

I do think that Flynn seems to me to have never grown up emotionally.

And I can see if he felt himself to be eternally in his 20's or whatever, that he didn't see a problem himself with what happened. This is not a defence but just trying to understand from his perspective???

I have no idea?? It just seems from his 1959 Cuban adventure that he must have been trying to recreate his time in Spain in 1937 when he was 28 years old.

Maybe he just never grew up?? I'm neither a psychologist nor a Flynn expert, so have no idea??

 

 

 

 

 

There's more stuff here, but have no idea what's true or not (people are dead and can't defend themselves): http://errolflynn.my-king.com/article20.html

 

 

Anyway, guess the Kline film is going to be based on Tracey Ullman's 1991 stage play which is based on the book by Aadland:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Love

 

 

A "New York Times" review of the play is here (it's not a positive review, btw):

http://www.nytimes.com/1991/03/04/theater/review-theater-tracey-ullman-by-herself-in-the-big-love.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

 

Edited by: RMeingast on Oct 11, 2012 12:35 PM

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Ya know TikiSoo, it's not quite fair to post pictures of a middle-aged Kline and then to compare 'em to a picture of a twenty-something Flynn.

 

Personally, I think Kline might be able to pull off playing a dissipated and near death Flynn quite well.

 

However, I have to wonder what actor Cary Elwes is doing lately? I mean, I always thought he pulled off playing a couple of roles patterned after Errol Flynn in the films The Princess Bride and in Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights very well, not to mention more serious roles such as his turn in Glory.

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Kevin Kline doesn't have to look like the Errol Flynn in that photo which was taken, I believe, during the production of Captain Blood, when he was 26. He has to look like Flynn did when he was almost double that age and looked even older.

 

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This is an image of Flynn nine months before his death. This is the Flynn that a 65-year-old Kline will be tackling.

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> {quote:title=Dargo2 wrote:}{quote}Ya know TikiSoo, it's not quite fair to post pictures of a middle-aged Kline and then to compare 'em to a picture of a twenty-something Flynn.

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> Personally, I think Kline might be able to pull off playing a dissipated and near death Flynn quite well.

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> However, I have to wonder what actor Cary Elwes is doing lately? I mean, I always thought he pulled off playing a couple of roles patterned after Errol Flynn in the films *The Princess Bride* and in Mel Brooks' *Robin Hood: Men in Tights* very well, not to mention more serious roles such as his turn in *Glory*.

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Kline was in "The Princess Bride" too and very memorable "My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die":

 

 

 

Kline was also in "The Pirates of Penzance" as the Pirate King:

 

 

 

I think he'll do just fine as an older EF...

 

But yes, Cary Elwes would be a good choice too...

 

Edited by: RMeingast on Oct 11, 2012 12:56 PM

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> {quote:title=Dargo2 wrote:}{quote}Btw, again Tom, that pic of Flynn...it looks like a still from his appearance on the TV show, "What's My Line".

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> Am I correct?

 

 

I think it's from his appearance on the Canadian TV show "Front Page Challenge" made on Jan. 13, 1959, nine months before his death, but I could be wrong:

 

http://www.cbc.ca/archives/discover/great-interviews/revolution-in-cuba.html

 

It's hard to tell when it's in black and white??

 

His last "What's My Line?" appearance was in 1957.

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