The Recasting Couch Ep. 79: Law Abiding Citizen

Law Abiding Citizen

This week, we recast Law Abiding Citizen. We’ve had this on our list for quite some time, even though I had very little interest in it. However, Mike finally talked me into it, and I gotta say, I enjoyed it way more than I ever expected to. I had seen it before and I definitely didn’t like it all that much. Now that I’ve given the movie its due credit, it is severely flawed. Maybe the biggest of all being the acting. Gerard Butler was actually pretty good, but that’s about it. Jamie Foxx might be one of the most Jekyll and Hyde actors ever. If he’s not into the project, then it really shows on screen. Unfortunately, this was one of those movies. Even some of our favorite That Guys, Colm Meaney and Bruce McGill mail it in a bit. Some of the other That Guys do bring more to the screen, as I’ll throw Annie Corley and Richard Portnow a little love. And poor Leslie Bibb, she was completely out of her depth with that character, but that wasn’t her fault. She should never have been cast in the first place.

For the first time in TRC history, we are fairly confident we were able to come up with a better cast than the movie itself. It’s a new high in hubris for us, so naturally something very bad is likely to happen to us soon. But not too soon! We have a very special guest who will be joining us in a few weeks, so keep an eye out for that. We are so incredibly psyched for it, but I’m not naming the name until the episode is in the can. Needless to say, it’s going to be an all-timer.


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Role Actor Final Cast
Nick Rice Jamie Foxx Will Smith
Clyde Shelton Gerard Butler
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Det. Dunnigan Colm Meaney Ed O’Neil
Jonas Cantrell Bruce McGill Joe Don Baker
Sarah Lowell Leslie Bibb Kate Mara
Warden Iger Gregory Itzin Zach Grenier
Kelly Rice Regina Hall Rashida Jones
Mayor Viola Davis Phylicia Rashad
Brian Bringham Roger Bart Todd Glass
Bill Reynolds Richard Portnow John Heard
Clarence Darby Christian Stolte Danny McBride
Bray Michael Kelly Greg Fitzsimmons
JudgeBirch Annie Corley Margo Martindale


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