The word “prestige” originally meant a trick, from the Latin “praestigium,” meaning “illusion.” The Prestige, Christopher Nolan’s follow up to his breakout film Memento (which any good TRC listener would remember has already received the recasting treatment) is our movie of the week. I’m a little off of my game in this one. It could have been the bubble guts I was dealing with, or the fact that this movie has 146 FREAKING TIME JUMP CUTS! On top of that, each character has several names. I DID THE BEST THAT I COULD, GODAMMIT! I still think I did a pretty good job keeping it all together, considering what I was up against.
This week we recast one of our all-time favorite comedies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. A film that feels like it was specifically written for the brilliant comedic stylings of Michael Caine and Steve Martin, is actually quite the opposite. This film was first intended to feature David Bowie and Mick Jagger after the success of their hit video for Dancing in the Street, an idea brought to you by copious and copious amounts of cocaine, by the looks of it. The original production also had Sean Young as the part of Janet Colgate, before she dropped out and made way for Glenne Headly. Talk about a pair of Hall of Fame happy accidents.
In honor of the NCAA championship tournament, we recast perhaps the most accurate college basketball movie of all time, Blue Chips. It is such a special occasion that we even enlisted the help of our good friend Jon Hill (@JHillNahMean) from the Super Hoopers podcast (@TheSuperHoopers)! We talk about college basketball, Pauly Shore, and…well it’s pretty much all Pauly Shore.
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.