The 1981 comedy Arthur starred Dudley Moore in an iconic role as a charmingly drunken heir to a billion-dollar fortune as long as he marries the woman (Jill Eikenberry) his family has chosen for him. Unfortunately for his family's plans, Moore falls for a waitress (Liza Minnelli) instead.
The movie earned Moore an Oscar nomination and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for John Gielgud, who played Moore's butler, and surrogate parent, Hobson. The upcoming Arthur remake has British comedian Russell Brand stepping in for Moore, Oscar-winner Helen Mirren replacing Gielgud, Jennifer Garner in place of Eikenberry, and Greta Gerwig replacing Minnelli.
While Brand has previously maintained that his Arthur will be distinct from the original, particularly for its more "sophisticated approach to the problems of alcoholism" and the fact that it will "look [at] what's [currently] happening economically."
That said, three recently released clips seem to be very much in the spirit of the original. watch the clips >> Posted 03.28.11 by Ryan