Tuesday, June 25, 2024

This is How a Rumor Starts: Robert DeNiro to Play Andrew Cuomo In a Movie He Directs, with Mira Sorvino as Dr. Birx (and Phil Rizzuto as Fauci)

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Well, this is how a rumor starts.

First, Robert De Niro told Stephen Colbert on his show that he would play Andrew Cuomo in a movie about the pandemic. Go to 1:50 in the clip.

Then Stephen Colbert told New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on his show that Robert De Niro wants to play him in a movie. Cuomo, who’s at least a decade younger than De Niro, was still thrilled.

Then a cab driver with a Twitter account told Mira Sorvino, who follows him, that De Niro would direct a movie about COVID-19, and play Cuomo. The Tweeting driver said Mira Sorvino would play scarf wearing Dr. Deborah Birks. Sorvino liked it, so she emailed De Niro’s producing partner, Jane Rosenthal.

Rosenthal responded to Sorvino that Bob was just joking, but hey, you never know.

And even though Brad Pitt played Dr. Fauci on “SNL,” I say, exhume Phil Rizzuto, the late Yankee catcher and sportscaster. Fauci is channeling him or something. Get Scorsese to direct and use old footage of Rizzuto CGI’d onto Joe Pesci. Someone call Netflix now!

And that’s how movies are made.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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