Long ago, when I was but an EW zygote, I learned the hard way: Fans are fiercely protective of Michael Hutchence, INXS frontman, white-mouse aficionado, and official Merriam-Webster definition of sex from 1987-1991. (I wrote something a wee bit critical of his posthumously released single "Let the People Talk," and received, no exaggeration, death threats.)
So my heart goes out to the makers of the newly announced Hutchence biopic, tentatively titled Slide Away. I don’t want to see anyone drawn and quartered. Drawn, maybe. Quartered, maybe on holidays. But never both. So let’s take some of the heat off them (the well-meaning team includes director Nick Egan, Hutchence’s friend and chief videographer) and throw out some casting suggestions. Our beloved blogfather has bravely thrown his hat into the ring by suggesting Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (recently of Match Point), who earned his rock/sex god spurs in Velvet Goldmine. Susman supports this choice, adding, "Rhys-Meyers also played Elvis. I’d say Michael Hutchence does lie squarely on the rock/sex god spectrum between the King and faux-David Bowie." Fine: I will see their Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and raise them a Jonathan Rhys-Davies. Just to start something.
Did I start something? Who do you think should play Michael Hutchence?