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Robert Downey Jr. to Star as Hugh Hefner

Posted: May 26th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Chicago Sun-Times reports that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has signed off on Robert Downey Jr Iron Man to play him in a movie tentatively titled "Playboy." Apparently, Hefner took a liking to the actor after seeing "Iron Man" and admiring his humor and skill in showing his vulnerability. The newspaper adds that the deal is not 100% done.

Chicago is expected to be used for the shooting of scenes focusing on the early years of Playboy magazine. A Chicago native, Hefner grew up in Galewood, where he launched Playboy, before moving to California.

No word yet on when the cameras actually will begin rolling, but it could happen as soon as next summer - depending on Downey's "Iron Man 2" filming and the finalization of the Hefner script.

With "Iron Man" a box-office smash, Downey is very much in demand. A representative for the actor said he's interested in the Hefner project but is unlikely to commit to it until a script is done and a director is named.

Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), announced last year as the "Playboy" director, is no longer attached to the project but may return to it.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times


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bacci40 writes:
on May 26th, 2008 at 4:56:42 PM

brilliant casting...too bad the rat is gonna direct

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