We’re back with another installment of The Recasting Couch Two Man Roundtable series! We’ve got some fun topics planned for this year. This week is breaking down the Best Picture race at the 1995 Oscars. It came down to Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption, Quiz Show, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Forrest Gump was the victor that night, and we break each of the movies down and talk about the acting, directing, writing, casting, and music to try to determine if the correct call was made by the academy. Not an easy call with three bonafide all-time movies, and one that might be in the conversation if it had a little more staying power.
“Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?” We do, and that’s why we recast American Psycho this week. The movie adaptation of this Bret Easton Ellis novel was Christian Bale’s breakout role as Patrick Bateman; the quintessential 80’s Wall Street douchebag sociopath, who’s extravagant life is so empty that he has to hallucinate the brutal murders of several people in order to actually feel anything.
ThIS wEEK wE uNrAVEL sev7en, THE David Fincher classic. Starring Brad Pitt, in his first non-boy-toy-hey-this-guy-can-kinda-act role. Now, I’m curious if Morgan Freeman knew whether or not Pitt actually had the chops before accepting this role. Maybe it didn’t matter. What’s interesting about the Mills/Somerset relationship is that they didn’t have to be friends. They didn’t have to understand each other. They just had to cover their partner, which both of them did to the best of their ability
Boondock Saints is the cult classic that we are recasting this week. While we are going to pretend that the sequel didn’t exist (and apparently a third installment is coming soon), the original is definitely one of our favorite action films.
Starring a relatively unknown pair in Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery, as well as great performances by Willem Dafoe and Billy Connelly, this movie feels like an independent film, but it’s actually far from the case. This began as a movie that was highly coveted by studios and was having some serious money thrown at it, which makes sense because the script is fantastic. However, it feels like everything was working against this movie, starting with the creator.
On this week’s episode, we recast the 2000 Nicolas Cage vehicle*, Gone in 60 Seconds. This was another quick recast where we watch a movie and then immediately sit down and talk about it. This is a pure popcorn movie, and one that we’ve each seen at least a dozen times. There are a few big time stars in this movie (Angelina Jolie, Robert Duvall, Giovanni Ribisi) but it’s mostly an ensemble featuring a ton of that-guys and C level stars who do a great job creating some fun and memorable characters (Scott Caan, Will Patton, Delroy Lindo, Timothy Olyphant, Chi McBride). That made the recast super-fun and allowed us to go into some interesting directions with our picks.