Stellar Cast Lined Up for Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock

Since I posted in May about the casting of Demetri Martin as Elliot Tiber, the gay interior decorator, hotel manager, and Bethel, NY Chamber of Commerce head who played a central role in facilitating the legendary rock festival in upstate New York, the cast has evolved quite a bit.

Demetrimartin_2Variety reported this week on these developments: [Imelda] Staunton and Henry Goodman will play Tiber’s parents, and Jonathan Groff (currently starring in the Shakespeare in the Park production of ‘Hair’ in Gotham) will play Woodstock organizer Michael Lang; [Emile] Hirsch will play a recently returned Vietnam vet, Eugene Levy will play Yasgur, and [Liev] Schreiber is in talks to play a transvestite named Vilma. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is set as a closeted married man having an affair with Tiber, while Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan play a hippie couple attending the concert. Dan Fogler will play a local theater troupe head, and Mamie Gummer will play Lang’s assistant.”

It’s a New York theater junkie’s acid trip!

Ang Lee to Make Film About Gay Woodstock Figure Elliot Tiber [tr]


  1. Hephaestion says

    Demetri Martin is a homophobic little twirp who often makes gay people the punchline of his lame jokes. He clearly regards us as nothing but a joke. So casting him as a gay man in a movie is a bad joke. I would never watch any film he is in because of his consistent mockery of gay people.

  2. Paul R says

    I agree that Demetri makes endless bad jokes with gays as the target. So does Tina Fey. So does Adam Sandler. So does Stephen Colbert (though usually with sufficient irony to avoid offense—except with the gay duo cartoon on Saturday Night Live, which is pretty much horrific).

    Gays are apparently the acceptable butts of everyone’s jokes. HA! Look, I said butt. The “humor” is at that level. I’m quite sure that all these people are surrounded by and have zero problems with gay people, which is why such “jokes” are even more problematic.

    I’m all for mockery, but perpetuating stereotypes in an unorginal way is just tired.

  3. anon says

    I’m not sure of the point of this movie, but casting (Eugene Levy, ugh) suggests it’s supposed to be a comedy, and we know how strong Ang Lee is with comedy.

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