This week we go to Mars, bitches. That’s right. Mars with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Total Recall is the target of the pod, so get ready for an episode that is OUT OF THIS WORLD.
(Mike, I don’t like these new rules that I have to include a dad joke in the blog posts)
Set in the year 2084, this Phillip K. Dick inspired movie also stars Rachel Ticotin, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside and Sharon Stone in hear breakout role. Director Paul Verhoven was so impressed with Stone’s ability to go from sweet to murderous psycho, and back again that he cast her in the starring role of his follow up film, Basic Instinct. Verhoven and Schwarzenegger almost crossed paths once before, with Arnold slated to play RoboCop. Due to various issues, he never made it into the film, but he was so impressed with the final product that he wanted to work with him on his next project, and that ended up being Total Recall.
In celebration of the baseball season starting, this week we recast A League of Their Own. This 1992 ode to women’s baseball was so much fun to recast. I’m not sure if this counts as a “TRC After Dark” episode or not, but the Jameson and laughs were flowing freely and we go all over the place in this one. Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna all headline this “based on a true story” feature about the Rockford Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
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.