Another One

Another Round, another remake.

Most of the literature written about this year’s Oscar-winner Another Round mentions its ripeness for an American remake. The premise — a quartet of Average Joes decide to spice up their quotidian lives by figuring out, through equal-parts hilarious-and-hideous trial-and-error, how tipsy/buzzed/drunk/blackout they can remain to have a good but still functional time — sounds directly out of the Apatowian school of big-screen boulevard comedies.

Hollywood bigwigs must’ve agreed, because Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way (no relation to Judd) picked up the rights. Now, if Gary Sanchez Productions dropped the bag, we’d surely be in for some brodom. But Leo’s involvement actually leaves open what brand of remake it’ll be, and the two primary tonal options could be a cool fork in the road for Leo’s career; will it be a continuation of his usual performativity, or might he finally flex Mads-esque naturalism?

In the original, Mikkelsen plays the character like a straightforward schlub, the type you see awkwardly and silently standing behind the grill at their child’s birthday party. You know who you don’t picture when reading that description? This guy:

Leo has long gravitated to bigger-than-life roles, the sort that “challenge” him to chameleon himself into expressive contortions to show off the unlimited range of his acting chops. But guess who Leo tends to avoid being on the silver screen? Leo. Performance can be a mask allowing thespians to hide their authentic vulnerability behind far-flung personas, and this range rarely encompasses, well, themselves.

But Another Round could be the perfect opportunity for Leo to drop these facades in the name of vivisecting his own existential truth through material to match. A former bad-boy rager trying to extend his reckless youth beyond its expiration date — am I referring to Leo or Another Round‘s main character?

Exactly.

If the project adopts Thomas Vinterberg’s tonal approach, this lack of deviation could prompt some to ask that age-old question about remakes: what’s the point? But if it forces Leo to stretch himself past his previous comfort zones by inspiring him to dig deeper into, um, himself, it would justify the whole undertaking singlehandedly. Conversely, and almost un-intuitively, if Leo opts for his usual mannered mannerisms, this departure would be even less of a break from the expected norm; it wouldn’t be the same Another Round, but it’d be a textbook Americanization, resulting in a similar Leo.

So those who don’t just want another Another Round should remember that it could let us finally see another Leo: himself.

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