The Recasting Couch Ep. 63: Get Shorty

Get Shorty

We’ve been waiting for this one for a loooooong time. Get Shorty is one of our favorites. This movie is absolutely dripping with style, thanks to a soundtrack by John Lurie, Booker T and the MG’s and Us3. It is anchored by a comeback performance from John Travolta, but Danny Devito steals the show as the ultimate Hollywood turd, Martin Weir. I dare you to watch this movie and not fall madly in love with Rene Russo as a B-movie bombshell, Dennis Farina as the ultimate C-level Miami gangster, Gene Hackman as a D-level, B-movie director, and Delroy Lindo as a D-level gangster trying to be a C-level, B-movie producer.

We spend most of the pod thoroughly fellating this wonderful film. The rest of the time, we are… well we fellate the film the whole time. I gotta admit, we were somewhat disappointed with the cast that we ended up with. It’s not bad, but it’s so hard to replicate the lightning in the bottle that this movie caught. We have some interesting picks, but ultimately we felt like we could do better. Maybe we shouldn’t have recast this movie because we were too close to it. Like how a doctor is not allowed to operate on their own family members.

As a result of this, we want to hear what you have to think! We got a few good ones, but we could use your help rounding out the rest of the cast. Give us your picks on twitter @recastingpod, or email us at Leaving us a 5 star rating on iTunes, or telling some friends really helps us grow the podcast, but more importantly, PLAY THE GAME! Spread the recasting vibes and find a fun way to tell all of your friends (or family, in my case) just how wrong they are. Good times are had by all.


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Movie: Get Shorty
Role Actor Final Cast
Chili Palmer John Travolta James Garner
Harry Zimm Gene Hackman Richard Dreyfus
Karen Flores Rene Russo Sandra Bullock
Martin Weir Danny Devito Dustin Hoffman
Ray ‘Bones’ Barboni Dennis Farina Tony Sirico/ James Woods
Bo Catlett Delroy Lindo Bernie Mac
Bear James Gandolfini Faizon Love
Ronnie Wingate Jon Gries Noel Gugliemi
Yayo Vargas Jacob Portillo Michael Pena
Tommy Carlo Martin Ferrero Abe Vigoda
Leo Devoe David Paymer Bill Hader
Fay Devoe Linda Hart Jannifer Tilly
Dick Allen Bobby Slayton Rich Vos

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