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Hmmm.. Looking forward to the next installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean".. I wonder if there is any sailing in that??
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I think it could be done. In fact, I'm talking with a friend who produces for our local theatre group about doing just that. The book has just enough humor to keep it going in a show I believe. Quotes like "the cook was no good, but they crew rarely complained.." would be great on stage. It would be a relatively simple stage production, where a little more artistic license is given to set designs.

I though each of the scenes could begin with somone just off stage tossing a bucket of rubber flying fish on his deck, as he described in the book. The natives and thumbtacks on deck would be fun too.

I agree though, in the world of Hollywood, the crash-bang-explosion movies wouldn't leave much room for a humble documentary like Capt. Slocum. Stage? maybe.
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A movie about the Slocum's whole life would make a better movie I think.

I don't know how well any movie about Slocum would sell, movies don't tend to do well unless they include lots of exploding lesbians and T&A.
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Would Hollywood even be interested in making the movie if they knew Slocum was a Canadian
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Would Hollywood even be interested in making the movie if they knew Slocum was a Canadian
Ssshhhhhhh!!! I don't think they know yet.....
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now you're talking - Slocum hanging with the Great White North guys in the basement - that's what movies are all about, eh?
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Actually his family became Canadian, eh, when the the American Revolutionary war came on the scene. They were actually Quakers and opposed to violence and loyalists too boot so they relocated to the Maritimes from Massachusetts. Quakers don't swear, are not prone to drinking or exaggeration and hold modesty as a virtue to strive for - not exactly ideal material for a Hollywood production. You can pick up a lot of modesty in the words Slocum used to write his books. He was not a braggart.

Perhaps Charlie Sheen would be the ideal fit for the character of Slocum?
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Actually his family became Canadian, eh, when the the American Revolutionary war came on the scene. They were actually Quakers and opposed to violence and loyalists too boot so they relocated to the Maritimes from Massachusetts. Quakers don't swear, are not prone to drinking or exaggeration and hold modesty as a virtue to strive for - not exactly ideal material for a Hollywood production. You can pick up a lot of modesty in the words Slocum used to write his books. He was not a braggart.

Perhaps Charlie Sheen would be the ideal fit for the character of Slocum?
Or Mel Gibson?
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I can just see the trailer. You know, the narrator with the super-serious doomsday voice. It would start off slow. "One man, one boat, one impossible voyage." After some dramatic scenes in which his wife leaves him during the construction of his vessel, his head is in his hands when a flood washes away his makeshift boatyard, and his father lays dying but tells him something inspiration, we will cut to some fast-paced clips of him donning war paint and placing tacks in preparation for battle with savages, clutching some busty schoolteacher in a passionate embrace, having a shouting match with his imaginary friend, and finally ending with Spray sailing off into the sunset.

I'm excited already.
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Very good Adam! Let's not forget to include the part where he guides the US Navy's battle fleet to victory in the Spanish-American War.

And we can do without the fancy computer special effects. They have fog machines y'know. Want a big wave? Do it as was done in the 1977 remake of Captains Courageous where they pumped a couple thousand gallons of water into tanks up high alongside and let 'em go all at once onto the schooner's deck with one big wooosh while she was tied to the dock in Camden, ME. You can get all the heel you want with a peak halyard made fast to a 4WD pickup ashore.

Once we get all the details worked out here we might send them on to Jeff Bridges.
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