Live Poll: A Look at Satchmo - Part II

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This is the second part of a poll-suggestion. It doesn't matter, as long as part I doesn't exist as a live poll.


Louis Armstrong unquestionable is the biggest icon of dixie jazz. Duke Ellingtonsaid about him: 'He was born poor, died rich, and never hurt anyone along the way.' He had a special distinctive voice that was unique. So I want to know what the audience may think when it actually would come to a biographical biopic, what directors, actors, writers, clothing designers, set decoraters, make-up artists and sound department would you engage to make the trumpet rise up.

Remember while searching for picks:Armstrong had a round face with big eyes, dark skin, his face wasn't bitter - he mostly had a sunny nature. The actor should be well known, the mask-builders could do the rest, if the face doesn't fit 100%. There maybe make-up to turn the skin-color deeper, cotton balls to make the mouth bigger. Too long faces can't be corrected! ;)

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When you were a casting agent, producer or director  what actor would you choose to give him the role of Louis Armstrong?

First look at the real Louis Armstrong:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001918/

The List:

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls022060172/

https://www.imdb.com/poll/m6WSZLnuCjY/
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At first, Forest Whittaker
Maybe Kevin Hart
People with SNL training at impersonation, Tracy Morgan and Kenan Thompson
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Kevin Hart is about 5 centimeters smaller. That's ok. But he is a clear comedian. I've never seen him in a dramatic role. Tracy Morgans face could fit. But I've seen he has allways been in stoner comedies. He seems to be a clear comedian, too. And Kenan Thompson seems to be like this, too. I don't know. Did they learn acting at an acting-school? Forest Whitaker was my first pick. ;)
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And so was Will Smith when he started his acting career - doing comedies. The thing is that you are doing to need someone who can crack a joke because along with a “Sunny Nature”, Satchmo had a great sense of humor and wit. Also, SNL teaches it’s cast to pay attention to subtle details and mannerisms when doing impersonations. Also you are going to need someone who knows his way around a coronet so that he can look like he knows what he is doing during the musical numbers.
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Yes I know he was a funny man on stage. He had wit and a sunny nature and surely a great sense of humor. Anyone can hear that at different records. Maybe I should change my mind. It's my fear to get a reefer comedy about Satchmo, when reefer comedians do the job. That could hurt the dignity of this great man badly. But maybe I have to put more trust in such things. If I would be a caster, they would not be my first choice. Perhaps others would do and they show their serious side as well as their 'cabaret'-side. I could be wrong. So I put them on the list. :)
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You know what? You really got my curious about Kevin Hart in this role. First I was nearly fixed at  Forest Withaker. (I don't know if one can say that like I did.) But if Kevin Hart would open his eyes more to get rounder eyes, he really could fit. I wonder if he could do the sad parts as well as the funny parts. But now I want to see him in this role. That would be a new genre for him. The serious movies. I wish I was a producer. ;)  I would start that movie!  :D So I picked Kevin Hart. :)
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Forest Whittaker 
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Just because someone is mostly known as a comedian doesn't mean they can't have an amazing dramatic performance:
Adam Sandler - Punch Drunk Love
Steve Carrell - Dan in Real Life and Foxcatcher
Will Forte - Nebraska
Christopher Guest - A Few Good Men
Ben Stiller - Permanent Midnight
Chris Rock - New Jack City
Jim Carrey - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
There are just examples of actors who can do both, not suggestions for the poll.
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'Agreed. Drama is full of comedians: Bill Murray, Sarah Silverman, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Jamie Foxx, Lily Tomlin, etc... 
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Hi Jen & rubyfruit76. :)These are all comedians who have shown a serious side, too. That doesn't automatically mean, that other comedians can do this, too. I have the fear, that it might come to a reefer comedy about Satchmo, like I wrote in the comment to dgranger above in the other reply. But maybe I'm wrong. So I put them on the list. ;) And it's just fictional. ;)
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Typos in #2: Forest Whitaker
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Ok, done.
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“What actor of them below” is better phrased as

“Which of the actors below”
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Thank you. Done. :)
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It looks like this is going to go live. Congratulations on it!
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You are picking actors by their appearence or any other characteristics?

Because i would suggest Jamie Foxx but it doesn't have any visual similarities with Louis Armtrong.
From your options i would picked Tracy Morgan because he looks similar to Louis.
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Hi, SeventhAr7. :)
I first thought at Foxx, but his Face is too long, his eyes are too small. Louis Armstrong had a more round face with a very big mouth, big round eyes and round cheeks. Foxx got a nearly gaunt face. I think that doesn't fit, even if I know he would rock the acting part. ;)
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Don’t worry about that. If the makeup department can make Gary Oldman look like this :

Winston Churchill.
Making any actor look like Louis Armstrong would be no problem. But a close physical semblance would help.
Make up magic.
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Puff, the hungry dragon? ;)
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With a good makeup department you can do some miracles but yeah i agree with you a close physical semblance would help.
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Ok, I've put Jamie Foxx on the list with the most fitting image I could find on fast search. Sorry, I'm a little much more into Job, so I have not so much time at the moment. But I will be here to go on. ;) Sorry for not linking the profiles. I just got no time to do.
But in other further poll suggestion list , I hope I will have the time to do. :D I do guess so.If you suggest a better image, that's more close to Louis, post it. If it needs
some time, I will considerate this. Thank you all for contributing. ;)
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I think it's good image and take your time, do the things conform as you have time. ;)


... I think that you had a vision of what you want and if you think, he doesn't fit on your requirements and your own vision, you don't have necessary to put in.
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No, I think we are some kind of community, bound by passion for good movies. So I had reservations? Yes! But the logical argument about the mask-builders, make-up, etc. should be considered. And I think - Yes, give it a try !  I'm not unfailable and my buddies maybe could see more than I do. So I give a little trust, no other way does any successful community work. He would not be my first pick, but maybe many other users see it like that - so why not? Jamie Foxx is on the list. :D
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Good argument :)
I understand your thoughts.
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So I've to work on the other parts, this week. ;)
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Still any suggestions?
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*bump*
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Thank you, Jessica. :)
Nice, but I've just seen a flaw. There is SeventhAr7 written as SventhAr1 at Jamie Foxx. ;)
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You can correct that if you wish, but then you also have to remove your link to the poll (The live-poll is here!) while the poll is re-pushed.
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Thank you, Peter.I removed the link, put it later back, when it's corrected. ;)
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Thanks Breumaster, the poll has been updated.
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I voted for Forest Whitaker and still would, but...

FYC:
Cuba Gooding, Jr. (in a re-push, if you'd want to add him)
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If we’re adding names, I thought of the trumpet player Wynton Marsalis.
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I like your both ideas, added Cuba Gooding Jr.

Wynton Marsalis seems to be a pure musician. I wonder, if he could do the drama-part. It looks a little as he has only done music in the films, he is listed as actor. I would like to be sure, if he could act Satchmo before I add him to the list. But the face would be good.

We have time. Why don't we give the repush a little time to maybe put some more actors on the list? I would really like to do this, but got too little experience repushing a poll. Last time, Dan helped me with it. That was a nice gesture. :)
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He’s not an actor, so you don’t have to add him. But at least he can play!