SPOILER ALERT: “American Made” (2017)
Portraying American Pilot Barry Seal: TOM CRUISE in ‘American Made’ (2017) aims to fly over JOHNNY DEPP’s performance in ‘BLOW’ (2001)
Johnny Depp as prolific cocaine smuggler George Jung in ‘Blow’ (Left). Tom Cruise as ‘American Made’ commercial airline pilot turned prolific cocaine smuggler with CIA backing, Barry Seal (Right)
Every once in awhile, and occasionally now and again – ‘Truth and/or Reality‘ proves the maxim that lays claim to the title of ‘Stranger than Fiction’. In these rare instances, there is a manifest potential for a nice piece of transcendent filmmaking. The kind of greatness that only those blessed fortunate to experience this rarefied air can properly attest. The baseline truth of the greatest films of all-time is the powerful spinal cord of story, and story development. ‘American Made’ is based on an outlandishly devious true story. Check the box and let’s move on…
‘American Made’ is going to be at the very least a good film. However, if it was produced with any kind of competence, then it’s likely to be a great film. How can we be sure, you ask?
It’s Simple. It’s about BARRY SEAL.
Of course the reviews of the Doug Liman helmed film are mixed, aren’t they always? However, what is virtually undeniable, perhaps even unquestionable, is that the life and times of Bio-Pic subject ‘Barry Seal’ would make Shakespeare blush on his way to drop off a 1/2 kilo of cocaine at Juliet Capulet’s grotto. His life was that outrageous.
In short, in the 46 years that Mr. Seal walked this earth he managed to become a legendary American drug runner, arms dealer, cocaine smuggler, money launderer, and airplane pilot for the notoriously ruthless, savagely murderous man, known as ‘Pablo Emilio Escobar’, and his infamous ‘Medellín Cartel’.
Tom Cruise has an absolute gem of a character to play in ‘American Made’. At the height of his success Barry Seal was making upwards of $500,000 per drug smuggling flight…oh, I should probably mention that’s a 1/2 million each way. Then there’s the CIA, covert photographs, Congressional hearings, plea deals, witness protection, and the whole nine chips and a bowl of salsa. Throw in a ‘Scooby Doo’ lunch box people, and It’s all in there.
We at IdiotsGuides hold firm to the belief that casting means everything in bio-pics. The list of actors who could’ve played Ray Charles better than Jamie Foxx? The answer is there isn’t a list. To be considered a list there needs to be at least 3 – 4 names on it. The fact of the matter there simply wasn’t. In the extraordinarily curious case of American Made pilot, Barry Seal…#1 on the list was Tom Cruise.