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Mikheil Saakashvili’s star2010-03-23 14:30
Over the past year Georgian president has frequently been in the spotlight of movie news makers. Hollywood is now making a film on August 2008 events and there is a motion picture about the president's youth underway in Ukraine. Overseas producers use a classic dream factory script and the Ukrainian plot is much more piquant. According to preliminary information the Ukrainian movie will feature current president of Georgia in his youth persecuted and expelled from Komsomol for selling porno materials - not for his dissident views, as Saakashvili states. Which picture will be in higher demand?
Early last year Mikheil Saakashvili's name appeared in cinema news when media disseminated rumors that Nicholas Cage, a celebrated Hollywood actor, would make a movie on August events in Caucasus and the Russian-Georgian conflict. It was also reported that Cage will direct the film and star as the president. Some news agencies quoted Cage who was allegedly astonished at the grandeur of the politician's tragedy facing a hard fatal choice. "Human personality is revealed at such critical moments in history. I hope I will be able to render deep feelings of the person put in inhuman conditions", the actor supposedly said.
Later these rumors were dispelled though there appeared information about a Hollywood blockbuster on the August war being produced by Renny Harlin, the master of action movies (A Nightmare on Elm Street - 4, The Cliffhanger and Mindhunters) who took up the job. According to the director it's not a political film, it will be neither anti-Russian, nor anti-Georgian, or anti-American. "This movie makes a strong anti-war statement, - Harlin states. Under the script the movie's protagonists are US journalists get caught in the crossfire as war erupts around them.
The film crew was staying in Tbilisi working in Mikheil Saakashvili's residence and at the parliament building. The eccentric Georgian leader was perfectly impersonated by Andi Garcia (Ocean's 11) who needed only four retakes to deliver a speech in front of the crowd. Thanks to Harlin and Garcia the world will soon see the film during Cannes Festival in May.