An upcoming Netflix bio-pic about screenwriter, novelist and pop culture icon Gore Vidal has two Idaho connections.
The first is pretty straightforward:
Hoffman (“One Fine Day,” “Restoration”) has been living in London for the past couple of years, but keeps a house and strong connections in Boise.
He is easily Idaho’s most prolific and well-known film artist. A Rhodes Scholar, he is a critically respected director who has a penchant for literary characters. Fueled by Hoffman’s screenplay, his “The Last Station” received Oscar nominations for its co-stars Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer as Sofya and Leo Tolstoy.
The second connection is more obscure.
Spacey’s estranged brother Randy B. Fowler lives in Boise and is somewhat of a celebrity in his own right. He dresses — and looks — like Rod Stewart and operates a limo service called Rod’s Limos. He’s also shopping around a not-so-flattering book about his brother.
The Netflix project will begin shooting at the end of August in Rome and on the Amalfi Coast, where Vidal lived in his infamous cliff-side mansion where he entertained celebrities such as Paul Newman and Mick Jagger.
Vidal made it big in Hollywood as a scriptwriter of films such as “Ben-Hur” (1959). He then moved to Rome to redefine his career as a novelist and then settled on the coast in 1972.
Vidal famously feuded with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, playwright and journalist Norman Mailer.
Mailer is best known for his novels “The Naked and the Dead” (1948) and “The Executioner’s Song” (1979), and for which he won one of his two Pulitzer Prizes. He was the “most transparently ambitious writer of his era,” accordingly to the New York Times.
Check out this clip from Dick Cavet’s talk show on which Vidal and Mailer clashed.