This week we have a special Recasting Couch After Dark episode, where we recast Cocktail and drink some cocktails. Cocktail is the Tom Cruise vehicle that ignited the flair bartending trend in the late 80’s/early 90’s. While artisanal cocktails and fancy bartending is coming back into popularity, the 80’s version was much more about style over substance. However, we figured it would be fun to go back in time and drink some of the goofy (sometimes made up) cocktails that they mention throughout the movie and that I’m convinced haven’t actually been ordered in a bar in over a decade.
Inside Man, the least Spike Lee movie of all Spike Lee movies is our target for this week. I’m still trying to hunt down the dick that spoiled this move for me a few years ago, but given that, I still enjoyed it immensely. Denzel Denzel’s the Denzel out of his role. Clive Owen Clive Owen’s the Clive Owen out of this role. And Jodie Foster…well…she Foster’s the Foster out of this role. With all of these great actors really working with there material, there’s Willem Dafoe, who basically plays the least charismatic role of his career, which is kind of jarring amid all of these stellar performances. It feels like a missed opportunity. But Christopher Plummer makes up for it.
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.