The first choice to direct it was Frank Oz, with Martin Short attached for the title role, but Oz could not work out how to make the story work. “In the short story, Queenie was just a nanny,” said Ms. Henson, who plays the role. Oct I But don’t you hope that they all are, in some way? Benjamin fits in well for, despite his young age, he looked as old as most of the residents. , Several digital environments for the film were created by Matte World Digital, including multiple shots of the interior of the New Orleans train station, to show architectural alterations and deterioration throughout different eras. " On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 70 out of 100, based on 37 reviews. G Mr. Gateau makes a clock that ticks backwards. Feb In May 2005, actors Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett entered negotiations to star in the film. 3 Jan 1, 1860, Benjamin is Born (Age 70) Jan 1, 1925, Benjamin Becomes the Same Age as His Grandson (Age 5) Jan 1, 1909, HIldegarde and Roscoe Look Too Old For Benjamin (Age 21) Jan 1, 1898, Benjamin Goes to War (Age 32) Once Benjamin Button became 20 years of age he started to go out with his father to social events. Because, even prior to the hurricane, New Orleans has such a life and a sound and a smell and everything else associated with it, that it brings a whole other character to the piece.”, Mr. Roth’s screenplay retained little of either the short story or Ms. Swicord’s work. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, about a man who ages in reverse. They will be the parents of Benjamin Button. The film also stars Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas, and Tilda Swinton.  In May 2004, director David Fincher entered negotiations to replace Ross in directing the film.. In August 2005, elderly Daisy Fuller is on her deathbed in a New Orleans hospital as Hurricane Katrina approaches. 21 The film was a box office success, grossing $335.8 million worldwide against its $167 million budget. What finally brought the budget within range around $135 million were the tax breaks offered by moving the production to New Orleans. S I took a number of things from her passing, and the work continued through my father’s passing. They return to learn that Queenie has died, then move in together. “But as soon as I erased ‘BALTIMORE’ and wrote ‘NEW ORLEANS EXTERIOR DAY,’ ” Mr. Roth said, “it took on a whole other life. “It might have had something to do with my mother lying in her hospital bed, although she was at home, wondering if there had been a story to tell that would have helped define her, something from her life that I might not have known about. (New Orleans), Sunday 28th August: Daisy has her daughter Caroline read aloud the diary chronicling the life of her friend Benjamin Button. As a child in the body of a 70-year-old, Benjamin learns to play the piano and makes the acquaintance of the little girl, Daisy Fuller, who will be the love of his life; he seems to be in his 60s when, as a teenager, he goes to work for a tugboat captain (Jared Harris) and learns about drinking and sex; he’s a young man in his 50s when he travels to Murmansk, Russia, and has his first great affair, with the world-weary wife (Tilda Swinton) of the British trade delegate; and he is a handsome 40-year-old when he meets Daisy again, now played by Cate Blanchett as an ambitious dancer in her 20s, all fired up by George Balanchine and Agnes de Mille. Benjamin later reunites with the terminally-ill Thomas, who reveals he is Benjamin's father and leaves Benjamin his button company and his estate. “Benjamin Button” continued to make the rounds, but now as a screenplay essentially written from scratch by Eric Roth, an Oscar winner for the 1994 “Forrest Gump.” More directors came and went including Mr. Fincher’s close friend Spike Jonze before the project landed again on Mr. Fincher’s desk, this time presented by the producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. With its historical sweep, wide-ranging locations and large cast of supporting players, it was clear that “Benjamin Button” would be expensive. I was, ‘Oh, yeah, anything you can think of, you can do.’ And we went on to talk about everything else that was important about this movie other than how we were going to accomplish it technically. When Benjamin visits her, Daisy is amazed by his youthful appearance, but, frustrated by her injuries, she tells him to stay out of her life. Day Producer Ray Stark bought the film rights to do The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in the mid-1980s, and it was optioned by Universal Pictures. 11 He and Daisy become good friends. During a patrol, the tugboat finds a sunken U.S. transport and the bodies of many American troops. 18 Queenie and Mr. "Tizzy" Weathers find the baby, and Queenie decides to raise him as her own, naming him Benjamin. Believing he cannot be a proper father to his daughter due to his reverse aging, Benjamin sells his assets, leaves the proceeds behind for Daisy and Caroline, and leaves the next spring; he travels alone during the 1970s. " James Christopher in The Times called it "a tedious marathon of smoke and mirrors. " Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying that it is "a splendidly made film based on a profoundly mistaken premise. Another major invention is the framing story, in which Daisy’s daughter, Caroline (Julia Ormond), reads aloud from Benjamin’s diary to her elderly mother, who is dying in a New Orleans hospital as Hurricane Katrina beats on the windows with growing intensity. Dec 12, 1880. R As the doctor attending him describes the strange little creature, “He has all the deterioration, the infirmities, not of a newborn, but of a man well in his 80s on the way to his grave.”. Jan C Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with consequences. Taraji P. Henson won Best Actress at the BET Awards for her role in the film combined with two other performances in Not Easily Broken, and The Family That Preys. 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