The Recasting Couch Ep. 40: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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This week we recast one of our all-time favorite comedies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. A film that feels like it was specifically written for the brilliant comedic stylings of Michael Caine and Steve Martin, is actually quite the opposite. This film was first intended to feature David Bowie and Mick Jagger after the success of their hit video for Dancing in the Street, an idea brought to you by copious and copious amounts of cocaine, by the looks of it. The original production also had Sean Young as the part of Janet Colgate, before she dropped out and made way for Glenne Headly. Talk about a pair of Hall of Fame happy accidents.

One of the more interesting aspects of this movie is that it is really a study of where the lines of great acting and great comedy meet. Michael Caine is one of the greatest actors to ever grace the screen, but he is certainly not a comedian. Steve Martin is one of the greatest comedians to ever tell a joke, but is certainly not a premier actor. Yet in this movie, they go head-to-head and finish without a clear victor. Now, whether that is them following the script and tone of the movie to the furthest possible extent, or it was simply art imitating life. Neither of them could have pushed what they did any further, and they ended up ultimately coming up short to the true brilliance of Glenne Headly.

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Wait, where was I? Oh, yeah. On twitter (@recastingpod) we are having some fun conversations, if you are lame and still go on facebook, and email us at We’re going to be recasting some listener suggestions in the coming weeks, so make sure you let us know what your favorites are and we’ll get them in our line-up.

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