June 23, 2004

Casting by...

I’ve develped this habit now, from interning and freelancing in casting offices for the past year or so, of watching movies and recasting them in my head with who I’d like to see in the roles. So, I’ve decided to periodically post my “movie re-makes” on CH and see what everyone thinks. So here goes.

Clint casts Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (I just watched it this morning for the first time in a long time.)

Originally played by:

Martha - Liz Taylor
George - Richard Burton
Nick - George Segal
Honey - Sandy Dennis

Remake ideas:

*Susan Sarandon (she's doing the revival on Broadway in the fall)
*Patricia Clarkson (she's not a big enough name, but I think she could pull it off)

*Denis O'Hare (not a big enough name either, but again, extremely talented)
*Kevin Spacey (Enough said)

*Ewan McGregor (Enough said)
* Wes Bently (He's a little young, but still possible)

*Charlize Theron
*Christina Ricci

Susan Sarandon would have to be opposite Kevin and Patricia opposite David O'Hare I don't see the other combinations as working too well.

Posted by Clint at June 23, 2004 03:30 PM

ALL about Kevin Spacey, the man can do no wrong.

I don't think Charlize would work type wise, she's too statuesque, yes she can play anything but sometimes looks really make a difference and she's just too tall to play someone meak and unnecessary like Honey.

Susan Sarandon would be fabulous!!! Its all about Martha and George, if they don't have amazing chemistry its over. and to be honest no one beats Liz and Richard - no one.

Posted by: Adrienne on June 23, 2004 03:47 PM

Clearly no one beats the originals. Everyone always says that about remakes. I see your point about Charlize. Christina would be great though. She kind of had the same essence of character in "Pumpkin" as she would need for Honey.

Posted by: Clint on June 23, 2004 04:35 PM

did you find 'pumpkin' incredibly lame and boring? because i know i did. i have no recollection now of why i found it so dull, but i remember it being on and me developing high amounts of interest in other things as a self-preservation tactic against its badness. then i think i tilted my head to the side and questioned why i was even allowing it to continue playing. at which point i took out the dvd and mailed it back to netflix.

Posted by: michele on June 23, 2004 05:47 PM

i couldn't get through Pumpkin either...i really tried but for whatever reason at the time it didn't quite get my interest. maybe i should try again, i really love Christina Ricci so out of obligation i should finish it.

Posted by: adrienne on June 23, 2004 05:54 PM

Mr. Spacey can do no wrong . . . except when he tries to pay it forward.

Posted by: sean on June 23, 2004 06:08 PM

We should all have a pumpkin watching party because I didn't finish it either. It was by no means a stellar movie but I do still love her none the less.

As for Kevin, I liked "Pay it Forward". It can't be compared to something like "The Usual Suspects" or "American Beauty." But it was far from horrendous and no one's body of work has only credits with the calibur of films as the two listed above.

Posted by: Clint on June 23, 2004 06:12 PM

Sean's right though...Pay it Forward was not the best, but it was being compared to his last film which as we all know was brilliant. but i'll forgive that man for everything, even for having his cell phone stolen by a "guy in a park who needed a phone at 4am" uh-huh.

Posted by: Adrienne on June 23, 2004 06:19 PM

Mate, I really did need to make a phone call though.

Posted by: Guy in the park on June 23, 2004 06:22 PM

Spacey really deserves a lifetime pass for his 1995 alone - "Usual Suspects", "Swimming With Sharks", and "Se7en", all in one year. I have issues with "American Beauty", but none of them are with him or, really, any of the acting.

He's too old to play Bobby Darin, though.

Posted by: sean on June 23, 2004 06:24 PM

A big "Hell Yeah!" to Sean

Adrienne and I are going to see Farenheit 9/11 tonight which we will surely post about tomorrow. And sadly, as much as I want to cast the role of the President as someone else, I won't be able to.

Has everyone registered to vote yet?

Posted by: Clint on June 23, 2004 06:27 PM