The Recasting Couch Ep. 95: Limitless


We’ve got Limitless on our docket this week. It’s sufficiently…meh. There’s a really good and fun movie in there somewhere. Bradley Cooper does his best (although he was dealing with his ailing father who passed away during filming, so he gets a pass). Robert DeNiro is miscast as the Elite-of-elite Manhattan power broker. Not that he can’t handle the acting, he just doesn’t have that vibe. He’s got a Queens or Brooklyn vibe. Now, Pacino has the Manhattan vibe. His character in The Devil’s Advocate would have been perfect here. Andrew Howard steals the show a bit with his Gennady character (don’t get me started on how bad the names are in this movie), and Abbie Cornish is perfectly capable in her role as the girlfriend Melissa. A role which could have, and probably should have, been fleshed out a bit more. 

There isn’t a whole lot more to say about the movie. It was just kind of there. Cool concept. Mediocre execution. With a better director, it may have been able to get there, but it really falls flat. What is kind of cool, is that the final scene filmed right outside of my office building, so I was able to see them turn a block in Philly into one in Manhattan. They changed all of the street signs, brought in NY taxis, all of the extra cars had NY plates. It was fun to watch.


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Role Actor Final Cast
Eddie Morra Bradley Cooper Ben Affleck
Carl Van Loon Robert De Niro Jack Nicholson
Lindy Abbie Cornish Elizabeth Banks
Gennady Andrew Howard Vinnie Jones
Melissa Anna Friel Amy Adams
Vernon Johnny Whitworth Mark Paul Gosselaar
Man in the Tan Coat Tomas Arana Gunter Meisner
Pierce Robert John Burke John Slattery
Kevin Doyle Darren Goldstein Timothy Busfield
Morris Brandt Ned Eisenberg Richard Portnow
Mrs. Atwood Patricia Kalember Kathleen Turner
Detective Brian A. Wilson Wendel Pierce

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