The Recasting Couch Ep. 31: Primal Fear

Primal Fear

Welcome back, everyone! Happy New Year, and all that stuff. We hope you enjoyed the Two Man Roundtable series, but this week we are returning to our regular format, so strap in for one of our collective favorite movies, Primal Fear. Edward Norton’s feature debut is a Hall of Fame first appearance. In addition to top notch writing and solid-to-good acting pretty much all around, this was one we have been waiting to do for quite a while.

In addition to Norton’s ridiculous performance (which is worth the price of admission alone), Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Frances McDormand, and Alfre Woodard all have their fastball working and it creates one hell of a courtroom drama. It’s pretty much the best episode of Law and Order that’s ever been made and extended to 2 full hours. If you know anything about me, that’s the highest praise I could possibly give.

I shouldn’t have to say this for a 22-year-old movie, but we do not care at all about spoilers in this pod. However, I think it’s fair for me to say that if you don’t know what that spoiler is, watch this movie, then listen. Once you know what it is, you’ll see the movie completely differently, which is a joy unto itself, but only after having seen it without the spoiler the first time around.

One of our New Year’s Resolutions was for us to finish the pod with one definitive cast that we agree upon. No more copping out with open-ended lists of character actors. We are tightening things up and sticking to our guns. If you gots a problem with that, then find us on twitter (@recastingpod) or facebook ( and speak your mind. If you prefer a quite, more intimate setting then send us an email at

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