In a contemporary interview with Collider, Tom Hanks informed Steve Weintraub that he would in reality like to do a biopic about Dean Reed. Dean who? Neatly, in accordance to Hanks, Dean Reed used to be a good-looking pop singer who by no means slightly made it large in america. His track did develop into fashionable, then again, in Latin The us. “And when he went down there, he used to be celebrated as regardless that he himself used to be Elvis Presley,” mentioned Hanks. “And since he had those socialist tendencies, he went off and become a famous person as an American rockstar who made up our minds to develop into a communist in the back of the Iron Curtain.”
Reed’s leftist sympathies evolved in Latin The us. After finding out Spanish, he left his local Colorado and persisted to report, carry out, and protest U.S. overseas coverage in South The us. Within the ’70s, he settled in East Germany. He lived there till 1986, when, six weeks after a arguable look at the CBS sequence “60 Mins,” he used to be discovered drowned in a lake close to his house. Despite the fact that dominated unintentional, hypothesis has swirled for many years that it’s going to had been homicide (by way of NPR).
Hanks persisted: “And I’ve requested other people from Russia and Poland and mentioned, ‘Are you conversant in the American singer, actor by means of the name of Dean Reed?’ And they will say, ‘Oh yeah, Dean Reed. He used to be large. He used to be the American that all of us knew.’ And I would really like to make a movie about that man. Exhausting to do.” Nonetheless, if there used to be a time to make that movie, now’s it. This previous January noticed the discharge of the documentary “Pink Elvis: The Chilly Warfare Cowboy,” co-produced by means of Reed’s daughter, Ramona Reed (by way of Time limit). If the iron is heating up, Hanks would possibly need to strike quickly.