The Recasting Couch Ep. 55: Phenomenon

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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”

The Recasting Couch Ep. 13: Gone in 60 Seconds

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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. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 13: Gone in 60 Seconds”