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"Mitty" goes centerfold?14 May 2000
Apparently "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" has joined "Mr. Limpet" in the forgotten projects bin. In an interview given to Cinescape, Brian Grazer (producer of "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas") stated that the plug has been pulled on the movie.
The fact that this news is coming first hand from Grazer is somewhat strange since "Mitty" wasn't a project by Imagine Entertainment (Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's company), but New Line's.
Besides the "Mitty" news, Grazer also pitched another possible future project for Jim Carrey. Nothing more, nothing less than the bio-pic of Mr. Playboy himself, Hugh Hefner. According to Grazer, Hugh Hefner, currently going over the script, "wants someone with humor - Carrey would be great. Hefner has said that he didn't take all the things he's done seriously. Like, yes, he's had a circular bed, but all that stuff was done with a sense of humor."
Imagine convinced Hefner to sell them the rights to his bio on June of last year and his first known choices were Nicolas Cage and Rupert Everett.
Hugh Hefner, the eldest son of conservative Protestant parents, was born in Chicago on April 9, 1926. With a very high IQ (152), Hefner was just an average student at high school, but excelled in extracurricular enterprises such as drawing cartoons, founding a school paper and presiding the student council.
In 1944, he graduates from high school and joins the Army, serving as an Infantry Clerk and also as a cartoonist for various Army newspapers. After his discharge in 1946, Hefner enters the University of Illinois, achieving a bachelor's degree in two and a half years while drawing cartoons for the Daily Illinois and editing the campus humor magazine. He takes then a succession of three different jobs, the last of which at Esquire. When he is denied a raise, Hefner decides to quit the magazine and start his own publication.
The first issue of the Playboy magazine, dated December 1953, featured the famous calendar photo of Marilyn Monroe and was edited on a kitchen table in Hefner's apartment. The issue sold over 50,000 copies marking the beginning of a multi-million, world-known, franchise and countless pajama parties.
-- Images © Playboy. Biographic details from AskMen.com. Click to comment this article.
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