Los Angeles (March 11) – New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (see our previous post) has reportedly signed a movie deal worth $75 million. He will play Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn‘s character) in Tim Robbins’ remake of his 1995 blockbuster, “Dead Man Walking“. Filming is scheduled to start this Summer in Angola, Louisiana, subject to Mr. Spitzer’s availability. When asked why he decided to pick Spitzer for the role, Robbins said “who better than Eliot Spitzer… he has walked the walk”.
When asked whether he expected filming to interfere with his responsibilities as Governor, Spitzer said “I do not expect that to be a problem”, and then added “if Arnold what’s-his-name in California can do it, so can I”. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had a successful Hollywood career before going into politics, had some advice for his counterpart in New York. Governor Schwarzenegger suggested that Governor Spitzer should “terminate himself, before the New York Legislature does it for him”.
Casting has not been completed yet, but Mr. Robbins indicated that the tentative release date for “Dead Man Walking II” is Summer, 2009.
Now, if Garry Marshall does a remake of his 1990 movie, “Pretty Woman“, we think Eliot Spitzer would have to be cast as Edward Lewis. He even looks like Richard Gere, don’t ya think? When contacted for comment, Julia Roberts said she was looking forward to working with Eliot Spitzer, should the movie be made. She noted that “he looks so much like Richard, it’s spooky”.