Studio: MGM / UA
Cast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman Vince Vaughn Cedric the Entertainer, André Benjamin, Steven Tyler, Robert Pastorelli, Christina Milian, Harvey Keitel, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Danny DeVito
Crew: F. Gary Gray (director); Peter Steinfeld (screenplay); Elmore Leonard (based on his novel); Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher and David Nicksay (producers); F. Gary Gray, Elmore Leonard and Michael Siegel (executive producers)
John Travolta is back as Chili Palmer in Be Cool, a sequel to the comedy smash Get Shorty. This time, Chili becomes a different kind of hit man – he abandons the movie industry to bring his wiseguy skills and negotiation tactics to the music business.
When a friend is offed while they’re at lunch, Chili takes the opportunity to visit the guy’s wife, Edie (Uma Thurman), and pitch himself as her new business partner at an independent record label. With a promising young pop-star-in-training as his protege (Christina Milian), Chili has to juggle her faux-urban manager (Vince Vaughn), his gay, wannabe-actor bodyguard (The Rock), Russian mobsters, and an eloquent gangsta music producer (Cedric the Entertainer) to save the label and land a hit – and keep from getting popped himself.
Production Company: Jersey Films / Double Feature Films
Everyone is looking for the next big hit.
Sometimes crime pays more than Hollywood does.
Official Websites: becoolmovie.com
Release Dates: MARCH 4, 2005
Genre: COMEDY / CRIME / MUSICAL
F. Gary Gray also directed the surprise 2003 hit, The Italian Job, which was a remake of a 1969 Michael Caine film of the same name.
Be Cool was actor Robert Pastorelli’s last film
The Aerosmith concert was part of their their actual 2004 tour, filmed at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts on June 24, 2004.
John Travolta suggested Uma Thurman for the role of Edie, wanting to re-create their chemistry from Pulp Fiction all over again.
MGM Studios originally wanted The Rock for the role of Elliot Wilhelm
Brett Ratner was originally going to direct the project, but pulled out.