Readers, I have something shameful to admit: somehow the upcoming Kevin Lima-directed movie Avon Men has slipped in under my radar and I had never heard about it before today, when Deadline put the word out that meaty meat hunk Hugh Jackman had dropped out as its lead. How I ever missed this epic tale of laid off auto dealership workers joining together to save their families and town by emasculating themselves as door-to-door cosmetic salesmen I will never know. Can you find it in your hearts to forgive me?
Jackman departs to spend the fall getting ripped in order to reprise his role as the titular clawed one in the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. There's still no director for that film, by the way, but perhaps the strategy is to set Jackman loose on the gyms of L.A. in the hopes of discovering an overlooked, potential-rich helmsman biding their time as a locker room towel boy/girl. Yeah, that sounds plausible. According to the post, Jackman may still land a role in the Civil Rights Era historical drama Selma, where he'd play sheriff Jim Clark, the crooked lawman who arrested Martin Luther King Jr. and supporters prior to the Selma to Montgomery marches. If he does take that role it's entirely possible he'll have to put on thirty pounds and then race against the clock to shed them all for X-Men. That sounds hard and it begs the question: do we really need to import Australians to play our fat racist roles, or has post-race America eliminated all suitable candidates?