|Photo by Egon Endreyi © 2014 History (click to enlarge).|
There are a few aspects to this photo that are worth examining a little closer. Notice that Brody is holding a copy of a book titled, "Harry Houdini: Fake Mediums and Their Methods." This is a mix of Houdini's own Miracle Mongers and Their Methods and A Magician Among The Spirits. Apart from a brief mention of the Robert-Houdin book in TNT's 1998 Houdini, this marks the first biopic to show Houdini as an author. Another box ticked!
You'll also notice actor Máté Haumann in the crowd looking rather intently at Houdini. As I reported back in December, Hautman is credited as playing "Kelly" in the film, a name I don't recognize from Houdini's life. Could "Kelly" be a renamed J. Gordon Whitehead? Might we be seeing Kelly/Whitehead stalking Houdini during his anti-spiritualism crusade? Hmmm.
Once again, kudos to the costume design. Houdini's pinstriped suit is right out of real life. His hair is grayer than Houdini ever let his get, but it does the job of aging Brody nicely.
Now, what is it everyone is looking at here? Guess that will have to wait until September.
Houdini co-stars Kristen Connolly as Bess and Evan Jones as Jim Collins. The 4-hour biopic is is directed by Uli Edel from a script by Nicholas Meyer and airs in two parts on September 1 & 2 at 9pm ET/PT and 8pm/C on HISTORY.