Tsutsumi Shinichi to star in live-action adaptation of 'Ore wa Mada Honki Dashitenai Dake'
On July 23rd, it was announced that Aono Shunju's popular manga 'Ore wa Mada Honki Dashitenai Dake' will be adapted into a live-action movie.
This manga made it on the 'Kono Manga ga Sugoi!' ranking in 2009 and more than 20 companies are said to have sent Aono offers regarding a live-action adaptation. The protagonist, an unappealing 41-year-old salary man named 'Oguro Shizuo' who suddenly quits his job in order to pursue his goal of becoming a manga artist, will be played by actor Tsutsumi Shinichi. The supporting cast will be made up of Hashimoto Ai, Namase Katsuhisa, Yamada Takayuki, Hamada Gaku, and Ishibashi Renji.
Scriptwriter and director Fukuda Yuichi ('Tokyo DOGS', 'Yuusha Yoshihiko to Maou no Shiro', 'Oarai ni mo Hoshi wa Furu Nari') will be responsible for the adaptation.
Tsutsumi explained how he received the offer, "I was wondering which character I would play, then I was told, 'I am thinking of getting the right for the adaptation by having Tsutsumi-san portray protagonist Shizuo'. I only thought of it as a joke, because no matter how you look at it, our figures and characters are completely different. However, then the author suddenly gave his OK and I was like, 'What? We're really going with it?' (laughs) However, after reading the finished script, it turned out to be quite interesting. The merits of the original and the director's good taste were mixed together. Thus, I've decided to take the offer."
He also revealed that it was difficult to get into the character during the first half of the filming. He said, "I couldn't keep the drawings from the original out of my head and always felt like I had to change the way I'm speaking in order to portray the character. However, performing alongside Namase and Yamada I came to realize that it might just be enough to enjoy myself as an actor and that's when I began to feel more at ease."
Fukada, who joked that he went to the 'AKB General Election' just before the start of the filming in order to get rid of his anxiety, said about the casting, "Whether it's in movies or plays, Tsutsumi always plays those cool type of characters, but when I went drinking with him, I realized that he has a completely different side to him. (laughs)." He continued, "I'm against live-action adaptation who try to stay absolutely faithful to the original. I'm not just casting people who resemble the original characters, so that people can say they look similar. In this case, people will probably have doubts about Tsutsumi playing such a slovenly middle-aged man, but since I wrote the script with him in mind for this character, I think he fits perfectly."
'Ore wa Mada Honki Dashitenai Dake' is scheduled for a release in 2013.
Source: eiga.com, Cinema Today
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