Tuesday, 11 September 2007

'Gone Baby Gone'

Affleck may pull film because of Madeleine

As the parents of Madeleine McCann faced further torture this week after being named formal suspects by the Portuguese police, a Disney film which bears striking similarities to their story may be pulled from our screens for fear of offending the family of the missing four-year-old.

Gone Baby Gone, the directorial debut of the actor Ben Affleck, recounts the tragic tale of a four-year-old girl who is snatched from her bed as her mother leaves her alone in the house. What is more, the child actress playing the role shares Madeleine's first name, Madeline O'Brien, and is said to look very much like her.

Affleck, who is presenting the film, which is due out in November, at the Deauville Film Festival in France, says that he is prepared to take steps to prevent it from being released in Britain.

"We are acutely aware of the situation," he says. "We have a greater concern for that than the release of our film, which is just a commercial matter, whereas this is a matter of life and death. I'm not up to date on the details and it is not something that has taken off in the United States in the way it has in the UK. It is only when someone said there was this case that was very similar to my film that we looked it up.

"We don't want to release the movie if it is going to touch a nerve or inflame anybody's sensitivities."


Note to reader-
Russell O'Brien and Jane Tanner are two members of the McCann 'party of eight' who holidayed in Praia da Luz. They are married, with a child said to be 'exactly the same age' as Madeleine. Both Madeleine and her 'twin' were born via IVF treatment... and Jane Tanner is reported as having been present with Kate McCann during the birth of Madeleine in Amsterdam.

The actress is Cry Baby Gone is called Madeline O'Brien...

http://www.imdb.com/gallery/hh/2022453/HH/2022453/iid_1375403.jpg.html?hint=group

UPDATE-
The name of the character played by little Madeline O'Brien is Amanda McCready (McCann?) And Casey Affleck, the director's brother, who stars also appeared in an earlier film called 'Gerry.'

8 comments:

hoi polloi said...

"It is only when someone said there was this case that was very similar to my film that we looked it up."

Hahaha! Really?!! What are the chances?

David said...

Hypertime convergence strikes again... Bigmouth la da dum da da
Bigmouth la da da da, bigmouth strikes again ...

Anonymous said...

maaaaaan. this story is getting weirder and weirder...

Anonymous said...

Hi Ben,here's a comment from the Mirror 'Hunt for Maddie' forum that's similar to some themes on your own site:

"... to push through their intention to build nuclear power plants worldwide, they are pushing their agenda by insisting we're experiencing Global Warming. It just goes on and on, on agenda after the next, with Profit being the big motivator for the few at the expense of the many. Same old, same old. And it will be the same with the microchipping.

Did you doubt the UK government would do a deal with their counterparts in Portugal in order to pull the McTans out the other end, nicely bleached, washed and smelling of roses?"

http://forums.mirror.co.uk/viewtopic.php?p=309192&highlight=#309192


Thanks for all your great writing.

All the best,

harry

FilmNoir23 said...

Oh, you've got to be kidding me??!

This is too good to be true. You can REALLY get a sense of how these synchs happen via this story. The question is...is some odd tapping into the future (for stories?) or inside info (the main problem there being that movies can take anywhere from 3 months to years to complete start to finish...and they can sit on shelves unreleased too).

Thanks for the update!

Anonymous said...

Surely the fact that we in the UK may be spared another film 'starring' Ben Affleck must be worth a celebratory pint or three....

BTB said...

I would agree with you there, Anonymous. Guiness, OK?

Todd, thanks for your comments. I'll respond in greater depth over the coming days and weeks, as this story continues...

Anonymous said...

Also you could listen to "Sugar Mice" - Marillion