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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

The Electric Slide - News Round Up

Ewan McGregor Becomes Antiques Dealer, Does ‘The Electric Slide’
Published by Brian Jacks on Friday, February 6, 2009 at 10:32 am.

It’s nice to see Ewan McGregor back on the big screen, in the trades, and away from his motorcycle. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s tapping into that daredevil side for his next film, “The Electric Slide” which will see him robbing the rich to … well, feed himself. British actress Carey Mulligan is in talks to join McGregor.

Directed and scripted by newcomer Tristan Patterson, “Slide” is based on the true story of Eddie Dodson, a former antiques dealer who ran with with the rich and famous of Hollywood. In order to feed his heroin habit and impress his new girlfriend, he decided to rob a bank — the first of 72 he would rob in his lifetime. Dubbed “The Yankee Bandit” for the Yankees hat he always wore, he always slipped away just as the authorities arrived. He was eventually caught, and died in prison in 2003.

The film will be based on a Gear magazine article penned by journalist Timothy Ford, Dodson’s friend and biographer. While McGregor and Mulligan are not yet signed, the film is being pre-sold at the Berlin Film Festival.

Ewan McGregor and Carey Mulligan Do The Electric Slide

Ewan McGregor and Carey Mulligan are not doing a dance, but they're signing up for a new film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McGregor and Mulligan are in negotiations to star in The Electric Slide.

The film is based off the true story of a Los Angeles furniture salesman named Eddie Dodson who became a bank robber. Dodson owned a pricey furniture boutique on Melrose Ave. and lived a glitzy lifestyle in the 80s. When he fell in love with his new girlfriend, he took a huge risk trying to impress her and robbed a bank. Dodson robbed 72 banks in the L.A. area before the FBI apprehended him. McGregor is in talks to portray Dodson while Mulligan is in talks to portray his new love.

Tristan Patterson wrote the script, based off Timothy Ford's article in Gear magazine entitled "The Yankee Bandit: The Life and Times of Eddie Dodson, World's Great Bank Robber." Patterson will also make his directorial debut on the film.


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