Warren Beatty as Howard Hughes in a scene from "Rules Don't Apply."
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Warren Beatty doesn't want us to regard "Rules Don't Apply" as a Howard Hughes film. The movie, in which he plays Hughes, is actually about late '50s Hollywood, he says, and the sexual puritanism of the era. Indeed, Beatty doesn't appear for a long while in this much-awaited film, which he co-wrote, directed and starred in – perhaps partly to prove his point that he's not the main attraction. But come on – it's Warren Beatty, a legend who hasn't made a film for 15 years, playing America's most famous eccentric, controversial billionaire until ... well, until you know who. That's not a bad thing, because whatever you think of the new film, Beatty at 79 retains much of that youthful charisma. It's Hollywood in 1958 – just three years before Beatty himself made his mark – and aspiring starlets are descending on the town, among them fresh-faced Baptist beauty queen Marla Mabrey (Natalie Wood lookalike Lily Collins).
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