Hello Dalis: Banderas, Pacino and Pattinson Take on Dali

Salvador Dali

Antonio Banderas is in negotiations to play Salvador Dali in Dali, a look at the life of the surrealist painter. The film explores the creative process and the mind of the man who portrayed the world as surreal visuals that would be the stuff of people’s nightmares.

The film will be directed by Simon West and use CGI and music to bring the creativity of the artist to life. The movie will also show his impact on the art world as well as his relationship with his wife and manager Gala. Dali will start filming in Spain and England in 2009.

But wait there is more Dali on the horizon. Art History students will know Dali from the film Un Chien Andalou which has traumatized unsuspecting students for years with its depiction of a woman’s eyeball being sliced open. Dali wrote the scenario for the 1929 short film directed by Luis Bunuel. Oh and it’s a sheep eyeball and yet it’s still disturbing and disgusting.

That bit of information was a segue to yet another film about Dali in the works. Little Ashes will star Robert Pattinson of Twilight as Dali. The film will be about his relationship with filmmaker Luis Bunuel and Federico Garcia Lorca the Spanish poet, playwright and director who was murdered at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

But will that be enough Dali? Apparently not because a third biopic is set to be filmed starring Al Pacino as Dali in Dali and I: The Surreal Story to be directed by Andrew Niccol.

So fans of the surreal get ready. There’s a whole lot of Dali coming your way. If you can’t wait or want to be prepared for the Dali experience, I recommend a visit to

Robin Ruinsky has been a writer since penning her autobiography in fourth grade. Along the way she's studied theater at Syracuse University, worked with Woody Allen starring most of the time on the cutting room floor. A segue into the punk rock scene followed but writing was always the main focus. She writes for various crafty, artsy magazines about people who make craftsy, artsy collectible things. But her first love is writing fiction and film criticism which some people think are the same thing.

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