Robin Williams to play Susan Boyle in biopic? (update: not true)

We’ve heard for some time that there might be book and movie deals in the works for Britain’s Got Talent runner up Susan Boyle. Boyle, 48, shot to International fame with a haunting performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” on the talent show earlier this year, but kind of faltered once she earned overnight attention. She had to be hospitalized briefly at the end of the show to rest and she missed several dates on the Britain’s Got Talent tour afterwards. Although Susan signed a record deal thought to exceed $10 million, it seemed for a while there that interest had waned in her and that a potential biopic wouldn’t go through.

Not so, supposedly claims Robin Williams, who is quoted as saying that he’s been approached to play Boyle in a movie about her life. I guess we can assume it’s going to be a frenetic comedy if that’s the case.

Contact Music quotes Williams as saying that he was asked to play 44 Scottish Susan and that he thinks she’s “incredible” and “extraordinary.” Adding more credence to their story is the detail that Robin has been doing Susan Boyle impressions for his friends. I put a question mark in this title because this quote is taken out of context and I hope that Williams is just saying that some interviewer once asked him if would consider playing Susan Boyle. Maybe it wasn’t a serious inquiry like they’re making it out to be.

Funnyman ROBIN WILLIAMS has been asked to play Scottish singing sensation SUSAN BOYLE in a movie about her life.

Boyle shot to international fame after appearing on U.K. TV programme Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year (09), counting the likes of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore among her fans.

Movie executives are planning a film detailing her rise to stardom – and they want Williams, who previously dressed as a woman in 1993’s Mrs. Doubtfire, to play the starring role.

And the actor, who is an avid Boyle fan, has already been practising his impressions of her by singing her audition song I Dreamed A Dream to his celebrity friends.
He says, “I’ve been asked if I want to play Susan in the movie. I think she’s incredible. That clip of her singing on Britain’s Got Talent was extraordinary. So inspiring. It was quite a shock when she began to sing. I saw some other clip of her singing Cry Me A River a few years ago. It was incredible. She’s got a really great voice.”

[From Contact Music]

If this is true, is it as insulting as it seems to me that Williams will portray an actual living woman instead of playing a man dressed in drag like in Mrs. Doubtfire? I get that it could be a raucous light comedy with Williams at the helm, but this poor woman has enough problems. She doesn’t need to be mocked by a comic with ADD.

Update – not true: Williams’ rep says this is not true at all and that the quotes are fabricated.

Susan Boyle is shown in the header on 5/6/09. There are also some more recent pictures of her on 8/17/09. Credit: Fame Pictures. Robin Williams is shown in a still from 1993’s Mrs. Doubtfire.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

12 Responses to “Robin Williams to play Susan Boyle in biopic? (update: not true)”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. DD says:

    That is incredibly rude if it’s true. I don’t mean to be insensitive but I don’t think her story is interesting enough to make a movie out of it.

  2. hatsumomo says:

    Hey, its Robin Freaking Williams. ( I think that really is his middle name) Why not? As long as he leaves out the shouting and theatrics, I think it could be a successful made for TV movie. Not meant as an insult.

  3. Aleksa says:

    Wouldn´t it be disrespectful to her if she was to be played by a guy?? I doubt this is true. I would not allow it if I were her…

  4. hatsumomo says:

    Aleksa, was it disrespectful for Bob Dylan to be portrayed by a woman? It had gotten a lot of kudos.

  5. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    I don’t think it’s outrageous for women to play men or vice versa – I’m more puzzled cos her 15 minutes is clearly up.

  6. hollywood says:

    who cares about her anymore? i don’t believe this story for a second. there is NO reason to make a movie about her life. snooooooze

  7. Bead says:

    It’s not just you that finds it insulting to have a man in drag playing a living woman. Moreover, it’s horrifying that a woman who suffered a nervous breakdown because of her instant fame and because the production company did not adequately prepare or try to help her as the world came literally banging at her door, simply horrifying that anyone sees that as a comic opportunity. YIKES.

  8. Christy says:

    This is absolutely untrue and has been completely debunked by Piers Morgan. Check the latest news update on his website for info.

    This news was printed after one of the UK’s worst tabloids, The Daily Star, took comments by Piers absolutely out of context. Piers wrote a blog and included a PRIVATE conversation he had with Robin about Susan Boyle – this joke was in that private conversation. The Star then misreported it and, because the UK’s media is a joke, the mainstream papers reported it as fact.

  9. Kevin says:

    What?!? Is Angelina too busy for this project?? heh heh just kidding. I think there aren’t enough good roles for women as it is without men taking them also. I feel the same way about J Depp doing that woman’s role also.

  10. Sheigh says:

    I think Brad Pitt is a good choice too.
    What is the interest of her story in a movie?
    Come on guys, dig a hole in your head for your next oscar award please!

  11. Magsy says:

    I think Danny DeVito should play her on an orange crate.
    Who let the dogs out??????

  12. gallery blog says:

    Design your website is very ekprensif, where you get the design, I am very happy with it. The contents of the article is also very attractive and pleasant to read. come back to my place.