How strange to be reminded that the columnist Mike McAlary, who worked at New York Newsday with me and a load of other NY Times colleagues, was only 41 when he died. He was the older, more worldly and experienced star at the paper — and now I’m older than he was. Hard for me to envision Tom Hanks playing the rough-edged character, but looking forward to it.
As Pat Healy writes:
“Tom Hanks is in negotiations to make his Broadway debut next year playing the Daily News columnist Mike McAlary in a new bio-drama by Nora Ephron, Mr. Hanks’s spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday.
Mr. McAlary, a hard-charging journalist who became one of the most popular tabloid newspaper writers in recent city history, died from colon cancer in 1998, at 41. He covered crime and cops and the major police department corruption scandals of the 1980s and 90s, perhaps most famously the Abner Louima brutality case, which won him the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Ms. Ephron draws on all of this in her play, titled “Lucky Guy,” which is said to be a multicharacter work as opposed to a one-man show.”