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11/18/2005

Spielberg Plans Film On Boxcar Willie


(Los Angeles, CA) Excited by the success of films glorifying music icons Ray Charles ("Ray") and Johnny Cash ("I Walk the Line"), producer Steven Spielberg announced today that his studio is preparing a bio-documentary on country music performer Boxcar Willie.

"Sure, he was mostly a manufactured country star and really gimmicky, but he sold a lot of albums," said Spielberg. "That translates into a lot of potential ticketholders for the film."

Born in a small railroad shack along side the KD railroad in 1931 Lecil Travis Martin was the son of a farm and section hand for the railroad in Sterratt, Texas. He took on the moniker "Boxcar Willie" in the 1960s after stints as a pilot and a DJ.

"Boxcar Willie represents everything I look for as a filmmaker," said Spielberg. "He is well known, has a gritty image, and is dead, so I won't have to pay his ass any royalties."

In 1996 Boxcar was diagnosed with cancer. Boxcar's battle with luekemia was grueling, and he died April 12th, 1999 in Branson, Missouri.

Spielberg said that he has several actors in mind for the role.

"Keanu Reeves would be interesting, as would George Clooney," he said. "But my favorite would have to be Lou Grant, and I think that his gruff newsguy persona would translate well as Willie."

Comments:
Boxcar Willie RULES
 
Ah Senor Spielbergo, master of mawkish manipulation.

A friend said I should watch Schindler's List, but be sure to take some tissues...

to be honest, there wasn't much in the film worth masturbating over.
 
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