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Sergio Leone

Leone’s career is remarkable in its unrelenting attention to both American culture and the American genre film, exploring the mythic America he created with each successive film examining the established characters in greater depth.

Only his second feature (a remake of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo), Leone's landmark "spaghetti western" caused a revolution and features Clint Eastwood in his breakthrough role as "The Man With No Name". This classic brutal drama of feuding families wasn’t the first spaghetti Western, but it was far and away the most successful up to that time.

Plot is of minimal interest, but character is everything to Leone, who places immense meaning in the slightest flick of an eyelid, extensively using the extreme close-up on the eyes to reveal any feeling, as demonstrated by Clint, who squints his way through this slam-bang sequel to A Fistful of Dollars as a wandering gunslinger that must combine forces with his nemesis to track down a wanted killer.

The final chapter in the groundbreaking trilogy follows Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach as they form an uneasy alliance to find a stash of hidden gold. Leone focuses on his central theme as they find themselves facing greed, treachery, and murder, showing that the desire for wealth and power turns men into ruthless creatures who violate land and family and believe that a man’s death is less important than how he faces it.

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Sources: Cameron Bright Cast As Lead in Milla Jovovich’s Next, "Ultraviolet"

By ChrisFaile

October 6th, 2003

According to sources, Cameron Bright has been cast as “perfect little boy” Six in Screen Gems’ “Ultraviolet,” starring Milla Jovovich (see our related story on the film here). The child actor has recently finished filming lead roles in two films due for release in 2004: "Godsend," starring Robert De Niro, and "Birth" with Nicole Kidman.

“Ultraviolet” focuses on a woman, Violet (Jovovich), who becomes the protector of a 9-year-old boy targeted for death in a world of humans versus vampires. Bright’s part, Six, is described in earlier casting notices as an “otherworldly, quiet, unique, fragile, smart, insightful and lonely boy who possesses an inner stillness.” In the film, Six grew up in a laboratory, where his only friend was a white lab rat. A sort of human petri dish, he gets caught in the middle of the "blood wars," as his blood contains the antigen that could wipe out humanity. Although the film takes place in the 21st century, it is set some years in the future.

The original casting documents noted that they are “searching far and wide, as this little boy is the antithesis of the usual L.A. actor kids. We are open to any ethnicity, including those of any Asian, Latin/Hispanic or Indian/Middle-Eastern descent.”

Bright, who is 10 years old and lives in British Columbia, is sometimes credited as Cameron Crigger.

Of the two roles mentioned above, Lions Gate’s Films “Godsend” looks to be the first to hit screens, in fall 2004. The plot for that film finds a couple (Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) approach an expert (De Niro) in stem cell research about bringing their son (Bright) back to life, after he is killed in an accidental shooting. When Adam comes back to them through an experimental cloning/regeneration process, the couple finds that their son is far different than before. "Birth," still not granted a set release date yet although it has finished filming in late April, focuses on a woman (Kidman) who meets a 10-year-old (Bright) that claims to be the reincarnation of her deceased husband.

He has also had bit appearances in the television movies “Shadow Realm,” “My Brother’s Keeper,” The Christmas Secret,” and “Higher Ground,” as well as television shows “Night Visions” and “Dark Angel” and the “Lone Hero.”

According to one source, a relative, “he is extremely excited about this new role as he feels vampires are neat.”

Screen Gems was not able to confirm that Bright has been cast in the “Ultraviolet” role.

The film is set to start filming in either December 2003 or February 2004 in Shanghai. Jovovich will film this role after she finishes her work on the Alexander Witt-directed “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” (see our script review of that film here). Kurt Wimmer (“Equilibrium”) wrote the script for “Ultraviolet” and will also direct.

The Scorecard
Director/Writer: Kurth Wimmer
Casting Directors: Justine Baddeley and Kim Davis-Wagner
Start Date: December 2003 or February 2004
Location: Shanghai
Production Company/Distributor: Sony Screen Gems