Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, or not getting my Charles Bukowski newsletter, but I hadn’t heard about this movie Factotum  until yesterday. It’s based on Bukowski’s novel of the same name, and stars Matt Dillon (!) as Bukowski’s alter ago, Henry Chinaski. Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei are also in it. You can watch the trailer here  (though it does have a brief not-safe-for-work scene). The BBC has a whole Web page devoted to the film , featuring interviews with Dillon and the Norwegian director, Bent Hamer. So, can Matt Dillon pull off the role of raging, hard-drinking loner Henry Chinaski? Seems a bit of a stretch. (Sean Penn, a close friend and huge fan of Bukowski’s before the latter’s death, evidently met with the director, and would seem a more natural choice.) But Hamer puts it this way: “If someone would have asked me if Matt Dillon would play Chinaski, I would have said no way. ... But we had to forget Bukowski for a while, because who could play him? Now I can’t see anybody else doing this.” The movie has been shown at numerous film festivals around the world, including Cannes, but still doesn’t have a release date in the U.S. UPDATE: Movie Marketing Madness  did some sleuthing and unearthed a Feb. 24 date for limited release in the U.S.
—Posted by Tim Nudd