The Recasting Couch: Ep. 5 Twister


We decided to recast Twister, the 1997 disaster blockbuster starring Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cary Elwes and Jami Gertz the week after Bill Paxton died*. It holds up surprisingly well from a visual standpoint. This was the era right before the CGI got really good, so I went in with my expectations tempered, and I left with them exceeded.

There was a lot going on behind the scenes in this movie (rewrites by Joss Whedon, actors being blinded, crew quitting), but it really doesn’t show in the final product. I won’t go too much into it here, because we address it on the pod, but there was even more than we had time to cover (I suggest checking out this Mental Floss article for more interesting production facts).

I actually walked away from this film thinking that it seemed like the cast genuinely liked each other and had fun during the production. The chemistry was really prevalent, even if the acting is…inconsistent, but the stronger performances and unique characters overcame to keep it on the right side of the “good bad/bad bad” Mendoza line.

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  • Chris

*For those of you that are new, we’ve been recording these pods for a while to build up a bank of them to prepare for our launch and to be able to provide the “quality content**” that you know and love (or not, you’re probably undecided because you haven’t heard this before) every week even if we aren’t around. Occasionally something may sound a little less than current. Feel free to blame Mike for any and all problems with the pod. That’s what I do.

**[Air quotes]

Link to IMDB: Twister

Link to Amazon: Twister


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