Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was one of the great silent comedians, but his career took a nosedive after he was involved in a sex-and-murder scandal. According to the accusations, actress Virginia Rappe died of a ruptured bladder after either being crushed by Arbuckle while he raped her, or following a poorly done illegal abortion, which Arbuckle made her get. There were many different versions of the story, I'm sure; the first time I heard about the incident, it involved the comedian waking up in a hotel room where he had been partying, and finding Rappe dead beside him, not knowing the cause.

Anyway, whatever the real story (Arbuckle was acquitted of all charges), Arbuckle's life would surely make for a great film, and at different times the idea has circulated around Hollywood with John Belushi, John Candy and Chris Farley each rumored to be attached as star. Well, this time there is no actor linked to the part of Arbuckle, but Johnny Depp is apparently very interested in making a film about him. According to BBC DJ Jono Coleman, Depp said he'd like to adapt Jerry Stahl's book I, Fatty, which is a fictional Arbuckle memoir. Although there could be a chance that Depp would want to wear a fat suit and take on the lead, I'm really hoping that he decides to portray Arbuckle's good friend Buster Keaton (we've already seen his imitation in Benny & Joon), instead. I'm also hoping that Peter Bogdanovich, who handled another famous Hollywood scandal all wrong in The Cat's Meow, will not be allowed anywhere near the project.

Also, I would just like to add that I'm completely with the commenter who is suggesting Ethan Suplee play "Fatty."

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