Four minutes into the new Almost Famous podcast , Kate Hudson describes a discussion she recently had with her therapist. I want to get back on the bus! Brad Pitt was almost Russell Hammond. Pitt read for the role of Russell with Portman and Fugit. He was slowly putting on the Russell Hammond persona. Four months later, Pitt backed out, and the role went to Crudup. And he left. I loved him for it. Polley was initially cast as Penny Lane, but like Pitt, she backed out after four months.
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Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it. It's the story of a year-old kid, smart and terrifyingly earnest, who through luck and pluck gets assigned by Rolling Stone magazine to do a profile of a rising rock band. The magazine has no idea he's Clutching his pencil and his notebook like talismans, phoning a veteran critic for advice, he plunges into the experience that will make and shape him. It's as if Huckleberry Finn came back to life in the s, and instead of taking a raft down the Mississippi, got on the bus with the band. The kid is named William Miller in the movie; he's played by Patrick Fugit as a boy shaped by the fierce values of his mother, who drives him to the concert that will change his life, and drops him off with the mantra "Don't do drugs! Crowe grew up to write and direct " Say Anything " , one of the best movies ever made about teenagers; in this movie, he surpasses himself. The movie is not just about William Miller.
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Audiences and critics alike are raving about this larger-than-life rock'n 'roll favorite that Roger Ebert calls "one of the best movies of the year! For young reporter William Miller, it's the opportunity of a lifetime as he hits the road with his favorite band and discovers the price of fame, the value of family and the limits of friendship. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Skip to main content. Arrives: Aug 17 - Only 1 left in stock - order soon. Add to Cart.
It tells the story of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone in the early s, his touring with the fictitious rock band Stillwater, and his efforts to get his first cover story published. The film is semi-autobiographical, as Crowe himself was a teenage writer for Rolling Stone. Crowe has discussed how during this period he lost his virginity, fell in love, and met his musical heroes—these events represented in the film as happening to William Miller Fugit , the boyish main character. The film received widespread acclaim from critics and received four Academy Awards nominations, including a win for Best Original Screenplay. Roger Ebert hailed it the best film of the year as well as the ninth-best film of the s. In a international poll conducted by BBC , Almost Famous was ranked the 79th greatest film since