The Recasting Couch Ep. 78: The DaVinci Code

da vinci code

This week we recast the adaptation of the Dan Brown novel, The DaVinci Code. A really good book that was turned into a pretty good movie. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, and Audrey Tautou, this movie’s got pretty much everything you want in a big blockbuster, including huge box office sales and poor critical reception. Mike and I continue to ponder Rotten Tomatoes scores that don’t seem to reflect reality. The scores were so low, but the movie made so much money that they made two more! Either most of the people who went hate-watched the movie, or it was a bit better than the score would reflect.

On the podcast, we debate not only the merits of Rotten Tomatoes, but the casting of Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon. I personally think he’s miscast here, and Mike can’t see passed his Hanks-love to admit it. One thing we both agree upon, however, is the strength of the performance of the auxiliary characters. Jean Reno, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina and Paul Bettany round out this cast beautifully. No surprise this movie was cast by the gold standard of casting directors, Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirschenson. We also shout out the screenplay writer, although not by name, so I wanted to make sure we had it here, Akiva Goldsman. We both read this book, and it’s pretty dense with the history and symbology, and we think Akiva absolutely killed it. Somehow finding a way to condense all of it into a pretty tight 2-hour flick that leaves us feeling the same way we did when we red the book.

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Role Actor Final Cast
Robert Langdon Tom Hanks Morgan Freeman
Sophie Neveu Audrey Tautou Juliette Binoche
Sir Leigh Teabing Ian McKellen Hugh Laurie
Capt. Bezu Fache Jean Reno Liam Neeson
Silas Paul Bettany Wes Bentley
Bishop Aringosa Alfred Molina Raul Julia
Andre Vernet Jurgen Prochnow Tcheky Karyo
Remy Jean Jean-Yves Berteloot Lambert Wilson
Lt. Collet Etienne Chicot Brendan Gleeson
Jacques Sauniere Jean-Pierre Marielle MIchael Lonsdale


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