But what do all these little adventures add up to is uncertain.
But I guarantee you there will be a lot of napping in darkened theaters this Thursday, especially a long middle section with Tilda Swinton (no fault of hers).But Benjamin keeps getting younger, and better looking, like … Roth has invented a “Forrest Gump” like saga for him, too.The similarities are more than superficial, and raise a lot of questions: is “Benjamin Button” an adapted or an original one inspired by Fitzgerald and informed by “Gump”?(Actor Jordan Lage, Piven’s understudy, played the role of Bobby Gould.) According to those who saw this, Esparza — famous for being outspoken — reamed Piven while Moss, my sources say, “sobbed.” “’He said, I’m sure you’ve read the headlines about the silliness in our show.’ Then he said, Today was the first time I really enjoyed playing this show.’ I hope you weren’t expecting a big TV star.” It was pretty emotional.” Esparza has a reputation for being lively — and much of a diva himself.A couple of years ago, I watched him walk out of the dress rehearsal for the musical “Taboo,” when he didn’t like something producer Rosie O’Donnell said to him from the orchestra.First, Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz, who was so good in the Broadway musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” gets a crack at fast talking Bobby Gould for a couple of weeks. Slumdog Millionaire — Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy’s beautiful Bollywood tale stole my heart and so many others at the Toronto Film Festival.The mix of gritty and grim with ebullient proves to be an irresistible recipe.Scott’s Fitzgerald little notion got blown up into this big, inexplicable deal.Since bursting onto Broadway in The Rocky Horror Show and Cabaret, Esparza has made notable turns in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Normal Heart and has received Tony nominations in all four acting categories for Taboo, Company, Speed-the-Plow and The Homecoming.There’s a lot to admire in the Fincher film; well, there’s a lot period. Henson is wonderful as Queenie, the woman who raises Benjamin when his father abandons him.Pitt is a trouper as he takes Benjamin through Roth’s many episodes.