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Gates On A Plane: Samuel L. Jackson As Bill?
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Laurianne
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2/11/2014 | 3:08:17 PM
Who To Play Gates?
Kevin Spacey might be a fun choice to play Gates. Who else?
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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2/11/2014 | 3:25:48 PM
Re: Who To Play Gates?
As someone who got exactly what he wanted from Snakes on a Plane, I would very much like the idea of Samuel L. Jackson's Jules Winnfield character from Pulp Fiction somehow landing the lead role in a Gates biopic. I'm with the Redditors (and evidently Melinda Gates) on that one. If nothing else, it seems like an episode of Drunk History waiting to happen.


Spacey is an interesting choice, though. When they inevitably make a Gates film, I don't think they should strive too much for physical verisimilitude. The approach certainly didn't do much for the Kutcher-led Jobs biopic. When he made The Social Network, David Fincher, on the other hand, didn't seem to care much if Jesse Eisenberg looked just like Mark Zuckerberg, or if Andrew Garfield bore more than a passing resemblance to Eduardo Saverin. I think it's better to go with an actor who could embody Gates's attitude than one who happens to look like him.
Charlie Babcock
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2/11/2014 | 3:34:38 PM
Free advice, but what's it worth?
In the mid-1980s, Gates had great insight into the emerging PC era because he wsa a skilled programmer and understood what could be done with personal computers. He had a feel for the level of softwrae that should be written for their users. Lot's of spreadsheets existed on minicomputers before 123 and Excel came along but they were hard to use, even if you were an accountant. It's not clear to me ithat he'll offer same insight in the cloud era.
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2/11/2014 | 3:41:05 PM
Re: Free advice, but what's it worth?
That's the rub. Gates was a visionary when the PC was the center of the universe, but time will tell if he can carve out a similar legacy based around the cloud. Say what you want about the state of Microsoft's Windows Store ecosystem, but Azure has become formidable very quickly. That probably speaks more to Nadella's strengths than to Gates's, but either way, it makes me optimistic about Microsoft's new leadership team. Very curious to see what they bring to Build in April. 
RobPreston
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2/11/2014 | 3:53:38 PM
Re: Who To Play Gates?
Whoever plays Gates must resemble him or be made up to resemble him. Gates is just too iconic and recognizable a figure. Zuckerberg, for all his accomplishments, much less so. Kevin Spacey...excellent choice. He could pull it off.
Thomas Claburn
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2/11/2014 | 4:04:31 PM
Re: Who To Play Gates?
Christopher Mintz-Plasse resembles Gates enough to be early Bill.
Shane M. O'Neill
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2/11/2014 | 4:37:35 PM
Re: Who To Play Gates?
Anthony Michael Hall. Oh wait....
Alison_Diana
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2/11/2014 | 5:45:39 PM
Re: Who To Play Gates?
Kevin Spacey would have lots of fun in that role. I haven't got any suggestions for who else could play Bill, but my friend Kim Davis came up with a "Separated at Birth" for Steve Ballmer. After all, Ballmer must be in a movie about Gates!

Drew Conry-Murray
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2/12/2014 | 9:46:16 AM
Re: Who To Play Gates?
I hope the people at "Funny Or Die" are hard at work on a mini-biopic of Samuel L. Jackson as Bill Gates. Please make this happen, Internet!
Michael Endler
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2/12/2014 | 9:51:12 AM
Re: Who To Play Gates?
Seriously, I think a kickstarter is in order. I have a feeling Samuel L. Jackson would be down. His rationale for making Snakes on a Plane was pretty simple: "It's the kind of movie you either want to see, or you don't." I think he'd get the appeal of a Gates biopic.
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