Asano Replaces Watanabe In Scorsese's SILENCE

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Asano Replaces Watanabe In Scorsese's SILENCE
Martin Scorsese has gotten himself a high profile new lead for his adaptation of Endo Shusaku's acclaimed novel Silence. With Watanabe Ken bowing out of the role as a 17th century interpreter accompanying a pair of Jesuit monks looking for their mentor who has gone to evangelize Japan due to scheduling issues Asano Tadanobu has stepped in to take over the part. He joins a cast that also includes Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.

Pictured above in Thor, Asano has long been one of Japan's more intriguing talents shifting from his proudly counter culture beginnings into ever more complex and mature parts while also casting an (increasingly successful) eye on global domination. Basically he's what Johnny Depp would have been had Depp allowed himself to age gracefully and continue as an actual actor instead of being sucked into the Burton / Bruckheimer vortex that has somehow turned the guy from Dead Man and What's Eating Gilbert Grape into Mortdecai. Ick. Thor and Battleship notwithstanding, Asano hasn't done that. And if Thor and Battleship are what open the doors for him to work with the likes of Scorsese then I say, "Well done, sir."
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Willy BillyJanuary 6, 2015 4:23 PM

I can't @ you comparing him to Johnny Depp and implying that he's better than him because you didn't like Depp's recent movies. Like please.. Johnny Depp is a legend and this nobody could only wish he was like him.

Willy BillyJanuary 6, 2015 4:26 PM

And wait so Depp didn't age gracefully and is not an "actual actor" now because he did some movies with Burton and Bruckheimer? Most of the stuff he did with them is great so what's your point? He's been nominated 3 times in the past decade and his last movie "Into the Woods" is great and he gave a great performance in it that most of the respectable critics LOVED.

And he looks great as Mortdecai.

GunkJanuary 6, 2015 4:37 PM

Go discuss Adam Sandler movies on imdb, Willy.

bricriu .January 6, 2015 4:52 PM

One of my favorite actors, one of my favorite novels. HOW DID I NOT KNKOW ABOUT THIS?!!?

GeorgieboyJanuary 6, 2015 5:09 PM

We get it, Willy Billy, you are in love with Depp.

ToryKJanuary 6, 2015 5:41 PM

Asano and Andrew Garfield together in a Scorsese movie? Oh, I am SO in. I love Watanabe as much as the next guy, but am I wrong for being happy that he dropped out?

DJ_BobbyPeruJanuary 6, 2015 6:45 PM

One of the most interesting, watchable actors out there to me. So far all the roles he's done in Hollywood were of the "walk on set, say the lines, and leave" variety, so this could be a meaty one under the direction of Scorsese. Its amusing to me that some alumni from Funky Forest(him and Rinko Kikuchi) are getting in some big Hollywood movies.

Todd BrownJanuary 6, 2015 8:54 PM

Because it just happened?

Todd BrownJanuary 6, 2015 8:55 PM

I love Funky Forest so much ...

J HurtadoJanuary 7, 2015 9:47 AM

As well you should, it's AMAZING. Still one of my favorite cinema hall experiences. Seeing this film with an audience is amazing

bricriu .January 7, 2015 12:49 PM

i was actually referring more to the movie in general i guess but hey thanks for being a smart ass troll?

Todd BrownJanuary 7, 2015 12:54 PM

One does one's best.

Todd BrownJanuary 7, 2015 1:53 PM

In seriousness, though, Silence has been on Scorsese's to-do list for a while now. If I recall correctly I believe the word of him optioning it came out a little bit before Hugo. Right around the same time he optioned the Nesbo book as well. If memory serves the news was more or less swept aside by Hugo stuff so he's been able to keep plugging away on it relatively quietly since. Watanabe was supposed to be the guy pretty much from day one - he's the only Japanese actor Hollywood really considered bankable at all at the time - with this Asano news being the new element. And I think they've landed on a better choice. I like Watanabe a lot in the right stuff but Asano is an absolute long time fave. I really hope this marks a turning point for his international work so he can keep expanding his repertoire without having to do the paycheck gigs.

bricriu .January 7, 2015 2:51 PM

Couldn't agree more. With actors like Denzel Washington proving that a minority lead can indeed carry a profitable big budget film it's only a matter of time before we see the same cross-over appeal from an Asian actor. And in my humble opinion Asano is the perfect choice to break through. On a related note, did they ever finish the Mongol trilogy he starred in? I remember the first movie and plans for more but never heard anything more about them. Guess I'll go check...

Todd BrownJanuary 8, 2015 3:55 AM

No, they never did. And likely ever will given that Asano's cut his hair.

BakerMakerAugust 19, 2016 10:04 PM

haha omg that sounds amazing