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A Tale of Two Ginsbergs: Franco and Eisenberg

Another Allen Ginsberg movie, you say? Why yes, in fact, in addition to the Ginsberg biopic Howl starring James Franco as the legendary poet (check out some new pics from the set here), now Jesse Eisenberg (of The Squid and the Whale and the upcoming Adventureland) will play Ginsberg in the feature film Kill Your Darlings.

In Howl, the focus is on the obscenity trial launched to censor Ginsberg's long poem "Howl." Kill Your Darlings is not solely about Ginsberg but will tell the story of "the murder that helped spawn the Beat Generation. . . . [Ben] Whishaw will play Lucien Carr, the Columbia U. undergrad who brought together Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac ([Chris] Evans), and William S. Burroughs."

I'll be curious to see how Eisenberg and Franco's portrayals of Ginsberg differ — or match up — in these simultaneous projects. After so much remake and "rebooting" movie news, I can't express how refreshing I find these projects about a real man who genuinely influenced American culture with his art. I say, bring on the Ginsbergs.


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jenintx jenintx 8 years
Wow. I'm kinda excited about this! I've just recently gotten into the Beat Generation. Am actually thinking about writing my thesis on something Beat related. I will say, hearing Chris Evans next to Jack Kerouac made me cringe a little at first, but then I Google Imaged them, and I can kind of see it. Kind of. Now let's just hope he won't blow it with the acting. Here's my basis for comparison:
emalove emalove 8 years
Um yeah...I'm with you on that one, EkaterinaBalle. Can't even imagine him in that role.
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 8 years
I'm a huge fan of the Beats and I'm really excited for the Ginsberg biopic. The more encompassing Beat movie sounds great for one exception: Chris Evans as Kerouac? NO NO NO! I like Chris Evans but he is not Kerouac.
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