Oh man, do we have a huge pile of shit ready for you this week (but I mean that in the best way possible This is a nice piece of shit) Who gots the lighta?
Swordfish is the absolute trainwreck that we are recasting this week. Holy hell. This may be the greatest “on paper” casting that fell to total dogshit that we’ve ever recast (Armageddon notwithstanding). Which would explain why Mike was so good at recasting this. It speaks to him on a purely shitty level that I frankly do not understand. I mean, am I misreading this? Does John Travolta, Huge Ackman, Halle Berry, and Don Cheadle not sound like a great cast for pretty much any movie? I think I might be. Although we’ve already recast movies with these actors in individual roles and have fellated them to completion. It’s gotta be the script. Mike touches upon this in the episode, and it’s the only reasonable explanation left as to why this movie is nearly completely unenjoyable.
This week, we talk for entirely too long about Phenomenon. John Travolta plays a Joe Sixpack who gets hit by a ball of light only to get super smart and somehow learns how to bend the laws of physics. It’s like The Matrix if Neo were a corn farmer, and the matrix was actually a massive brain tumor.
What’s interesting about this movie is that it’s so dependent on just a few roles that even though the script was really strong, the casting absolutely made this movie. I mean, Travolta and Forest Whitaker as best friends doesn’t exactly seem all that great on paper, but it all came together. I would say Robert Duvall’s casting was probably the easiest, because he’s the ultimate ride-or-die-pal and he could play the small town doctor to a tee (and does). I’m not even a Kyra Sedgwick fan, but she’s charming as hell here.This movie is packed with That Guy’s, from the Area 51 scientist in Independence Day to Roger Podacter from Ace Ventura. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 55: Phenomenon”