The Casting Armchair

In honor of Goose’s birthday, we’re doing Top Gun (1986) Happy Sweet Sixteen, girlie :hug:

The list:

  1. Maverick (Tom Cruise)
  2. Charlie (Kelly McGillis)
  3. Iceman (Val Kilmer)
  4. Goose (Anthony Edwards)
  5. Viper (Tom Skerrit)
  6. Carole (Meg Ryan)
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The Casting Armchair II

Oh yes, I will go there.

This week’s selection is… StarWars Episodes IV-VI: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi. Recast it, we will.

Oh No She Di'int

This is a bit tricky — there were a lot of roles to work with, but with so many non-humanoid/full-makeup (like Chewy, R2D2, C3PO, etc) there’s a surprisingly low number of ppl to mess with.

Roles:

  1. Luke Skywalker
  2. Han Solo
  3. Princess Leia de Organa
  4. Darth Vader (voice)
  5. Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi
  6. Uncle Owen Lars
  7. Aunt Beru Lars
  8. Boba Fett
  9. General Dodana
  10. Lando Calrissian
  11. Palpatine/The Emperor

The Casting…Armchair

Ever watched a movie and imagined another actor in a certain role? Or watched an older film and wondered who’d be cast if they had to make it today?

Well, I have. A lot. When you think about it, there’s so much more to the marriage of actor to role than physical appearance. I mean, do you honestly think anyone would have sat through Cast Away if Chuck Noland had been played by, say, Sylvester Stallone instead of Tom Hanks? Or how about Braveheart with Mike Myers rather than Mel Gibson? Goldie Hawn instead of Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction?

So after reading this post of Karen’s (which in turn was inspired by The Goddess Blogs) and watching Hitchcock’s Rear Window, somehow I ended up wondering if it wouldn’t be an interesting study in characterization to do some “armchair re-casting”.

Naturally, I want to start with Rear Window. I’m not talking about a modernization of the script or anything like that. Just a re-cast of an exact reproduction if they were making it today.

In its day, Rear Window was crammed with A-list actors (and hey, we all know about Hitchcock’s um…fascination with certain ones), but we don’t necessarily have to stick to that.

So here are the roles I suggest we re-cast:

  1. LB Jefferies (Jimmy Stewart)
  2. Lisa Carol Fremont (Grace Kelly)
  3. Detective Doyle (Wendell Corey)
  4. Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr)
  5. Stella (Thelma Ritter)
  6. Miss Lonelyheart (Judith Evelyn)
  7. Miss Torso (Georgine Darcy)

You can stick absolutely true-to-form, parodize, take risks, re-cast them all or just a few. Put a lot of thought into it or shoot names off the cuff. Your choice. The point is to have some fun with this thing, so don’t be shy.

I’m still working on my list. I’ll post it in comments when it’s more fleshed out.