Alan Arkin In Talks To Join ‘Grudge Match’
It is being reported that Arkin is in talks to join Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone in the boxing pic Grudge Match. In the movie De Niro is set to play a former boxer who retires after being defeated by Stallone’s character and is now an out-of-shape restaurant owner, but the crux of Grudge Match revolves around the two stepping back into the ring for a rematch years later. Arkin is vying for the role of the former trainer of Stallone’s character, who despite a medical condition, agrees to resume his post after Stallone rescues him from a nursing home. Peter Segal (Get Smart) will direct from a script by Doug Ellin (Entourage), and Kim Basinger is also onboard to star.
For the uninitiated, Alan Wolf Arkin is an American actor, director, musician and singer. He is known for starring in such films as Wait Until Dark, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, The In-Laws, Edward Scissorhands, Glengarry Glen Ross, Marley & Me, and Little Miss Sunshine, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2006. Arkin is one of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance (for The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming in 1966).
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Two years later, he was again nominated, for The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. By 1968, he appeared in the title role of Inspector Clouseau, which was not well received. When Arkin won an Oscar for Lilttle Miss Sunshine at the age of 72, he became the sixth oldest winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
Arkin’s directorial debut, in 1969, was a 12-minute children’s film, People Soup, starring his sons Adam Arkin and Matthew Arkin. Arkin’s most acclaimed directorial effort is Little Murders, released in 1971. In addition, Arkin is the author of many books, including the children’s stories Tony’s Hard Work Day, The Lemming Condition, Halfway Through the Door: An Actor’s Journey Toward Self (1979) and The Clearing (1986 continuation of Lemming). In March 2011, he released his memoir, An Improvised Life.
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