Jonathan Melville: Hollywood never tires of a good biopic

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WHAT do Linda Lovelace, Dr Seuss and Freddie Mercury all have in common?

No, it’s not that they’ve now shuffled off this mortal coil, it’s the fact that they’re all about to have a biopic - or biographical picture - made about their lives.

While cinema audiences can currently watch Michael Douglas camp it up as Liberace in Behind The Candelabra, numerous stars are breaking out the dodgy wigs for their turn as a celebrity from the past.

Soon we’ll have Amanda Seyfried as adult film star, Linda Susan Boreman, better known as Linda Lovelace, who rose to fame in 1972’s harcore porn film Deep Throat before becoming a campaigner against the type of films she had once made.

Johnny Depp is rumoured to be taking on the role of Theodor Seuss Geisel, creator of The Cat In The Hat, while Sasha Baron Coen is due to portray Freddie Mercury in a 2014 film.

Biopics are nothing new, with movies based on well known public and historical figures arriving every year.

Head back to the early 1900s and you’ll find films looking at the lives of Joan of Arc, Ned Kelly and Beethoven, filmmakers keen to explore the inner demons of those we love and love to hate.

The recent news that the life of Scotland’s own Susan Boyle might be turned into a film filled me with dread, though a cheap TV movie could work.

The project I’m looking forward to the most is the story of millionaire recluse, Howard Hughes, which is set to star Jim Carrey.

Hughes’ life is worthy of a Hollywood movie, and a dramatic turn from Carrey is always worth the wait.


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