The Great Frank Debate

Martin Scorsese is a favorite here at the Pictorial, and we are truly excited about his upcoming  plans to do a Frank Sinatra biopic. (Biopics are scary terrain, granted, but if anyone can do justice to Ol’ Blue Eyes it’s definitely Marty.)

But to be frank (hardy, har, har), the buzz that Marty’s favorite muse Leo DiCaprio has been tapped to play the titular role has us a wee bit concerned.



We love ya Leo ... just not as Frankie.

Now, we love Leo. Honest.  From Basketball Diaries to The Departed to Shutter Island he has proven his ability, time and again, to really get to the emotional gut of his roles. But. That doesn’t mean that he’s meant for every role. And Marty, while we admired The Aviator a great deal, it was more for the delicious pleasure of being able to see old Hollywood recreated with such stunning proficiency than seeing Leo’s turn as Howard Hughes. (He was good, don’t get us wrong … we just loved Cate more.)

That being the case, when we heard the recent buzz that Leo was lined up to take on Frank Sinatra in your upcoming biopic, we thought … well … perhaps the Leo DiCaprio/Martin Scorsese working dynamic isn’t particularly suited for this project.

After all, we are talking about Frank Sinatra.

Frankie: The Ultimate Man's Man.

Which is why The Pictorial has decided to make a public petition of its most sincere entreaty to please consider the following as an alternative to Leo DiCaprio …

….  Drum roll please … Ladies and Gentleman …

Matt Damon.

Frank Sinatra/Matt Damon


The more appropriate question, of course, is why not?

He’s an east coaster with an incontestable edge and grit that belies his Massachusetts upbringing. This 5’10 blue eyed leading man also possesses the vulnerable tough-guy sensibility that made Frankie so very irresistible. To quote Rocky Cooper, a good Sinatra friend: “You want to mother him. You want to fuck him. And you definitely don’t want to piss him off.”

And, really, do you want to be on the wrong side of Jason Bourne’s agenda? Right. We thought not.

Agree? Disagree? Don’t care? Share your thoughts!

(p.s.: Frank will need an Ava. And for this no other than Catherine Zeta-Jones will do.)

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Film writer and social media marketing professional. 2019 Social Ambassador for the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Previously: social media associate at Warner Archive and script writer for Turner Classic Movies. Working on a Montgomery Clift biography due late 2020.

One thought on “The Great Frank Debate

  1. Hmm… I don’t know. I think it’s impossible to even TRY to match the legendary talent and suavity of Sinatra. Personally, I’m content with watching his films and keeping his music on continuous play. But that’s just my opinion. 🙂

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