Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ask a Celeb: Jose Bautista, Ian McKellen, BNL on Who Would Play Them in a Movie

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ask a Celeb: Jose Bautista, Ian McKellen, BNL on Who Would Play Them in a Movie

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Ask a Celeb: Who would play you in a movie?

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TORONTO - In one way, it's the ultimate dream for a public figure to see his or her story recreated onscreen.

It's an honour, that is, if the casting is done just right.

Why leave it to chance? The Canadian Press asked a diverse set of celebrities: Who would play you in a movie?

Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder

The all-star slugger is a big fan of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, having watched all of the films with the exception of the most recent instalment.

So it's hardly a surprise that Bautista would want one of the leading men in the action-packed series to portray him on the big screen.

"I pick Vin Diesel," he said.

"It would have to be a badass, so definitely somebody like him that's very badass-like, superhero type of guy."

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Ian McKellen, two-time Oscar-nominated star of "The Lord of the Rings" series

An acting veteran of 50-plus years, McKellen's vote of confidence would surely mean a lot for a young actor -- though the one he chose doesn't hurt for acclaim.

"Probably Benedict Cumberbatch, because I looked rather like him when I was his age," McKellen, 76, said from London.

"But I would hope that the latter years of my life I could play myself, perhaps."

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Joannie Rochette, Olympic bronze medal-winning figure skater

The decorated athlete chose an Oscar nominee known for tough and mysterious characters.

"I think I'd love Uma Thurman to play me because I think she's so interesting. …

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