Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:24 PM
struggle4progress (91,602 posts)
Assange voted in to play John McAfee in upcoming blockbuster
The Fugitive meets Rain Man
By John Leyden
14th December 2012 14:02 GMT
Julian Assange™ is the natural choice to play John McAfee in a movie of the anti-virus pioneer's colourful life, according to a poll by Reg readers ...
McAfee's escapades on the run include shooting and burying his dogs after they were allegedly poisoned by police officers; sleeping on lice-infested beds; donning various disguises including blacking up with boot polish and sticking a shaved-down tampon up his nose to disguise himself as a trinket salesman; and sending a look-alike over the Mexican border with a North Korean passport as a diversionary tactic while he slipped over the border to Guatemala.
Other plot elements might include his allegations of widespread corruption among politicians and police in Belize and setting up a frequently updated (and almost as frequently self contradictory) blog while still on the run. Another interesting episode includes McAfee suffering a Tony Soprano-style panic attack last weekend - apparently brought on by poor diet, dehydration and chain smoking - that was initially reported as a mild heart attack. The fugitive has since admitted that the episode was a ruse intended to avoid being handed back to the Belizeans and buy time for his Guatemalan legal team to work ...
That still leaves the thorny question of who best to direct McAfee's incredible story. We suggested Bruce Robinson (How to Get Ahead in Advertising, The Rum Diaries) and Terry Gilliam (Brazil), among others. Gilliam would be a really solid choice. However since the film he's currently working on, The Zero Theorem, deals with a eccentric and reclusive computer genius who lives in an Orwellian dystopia, following that up with a tale about another eccentric (though anything but reclusive) tech type might not elicit much interest ...
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