You know Mike Figgis. He’s that guy who directed Leaving Las Vegas and then, uh… some other stuff. I’m 90% certain Time Code was his next one, but then I must have stopped paying attention to him after that. Probably he did something important that’s slipping my mind and I’m really going to hear it in the comments. Regardless, he’s got a new movie on tap and he’s taking advantage of the Mad Men hiatus to have Christina Hendricks star in it.

Whether she’s been running a 60s era ad agency in a parade of period costumes or grifting Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew of Serenity, I’ve absolutely loved everything that I’ve seen Christina Hendricks in, and I’m thrilled to see her get a big role in a feature. Whenever somebody writes a piece on Hendricks, it’s usually got something to do with her boom-booms and what she’s doing for the perception of women or whatever, but blah blah blah, who cares?

This girl can act, why don’t we talk about that instead?

Admittedly, I got nervous when I saw her show up in that Katherine Heigl rom-com The Ugly Truth Life As We Know It last year. Surely she wasn’t going to waste her Mad Men exposure on crap like this? So, word of a bigger role in something potentially more interesting is good news to me. I don’t want to have to start cringing when I see her name attached to things. I’m ready and willing to be a fan.

Seconds of Pleasure is set mostly on an airplane and follows a series of vignettes that connect the lives of the passengers. Sounds kind of like Time Code. Hendricks’ character is a married woman who ends up getting caught doing something naughty by her husband. Brendan Fraser is signed on to be the husband, and Julia Stiles, Matt Dillon and Kristen Scott Thomas are also slated to appear. The whole Brendan Fraser thing makes me cautious, what with his track record, but that seems like a solid cast otherwise. Hopefully this one will be good enough to raise Hendricks’s profile and get Higgis back on my radar of directors to watch. And maybe it could even bring back some hope for Brendan Fraser. He wasn’t always a joke.

Source: Deadline Jaynestown


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