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C'MON HOLLYWOOD: Give us more outside the box casting

Dec. 9, 2011by: Chris Bumbray

Every time a big action role comes up, whether it's a new superhero franchise being cast, or a “reboot” of a popular film/franchise, it seems like the same group of actors is always bandied about. You know the names: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth, and of course, Jeremy Renner, who made such as splash with THE HURT LOCKER, that he's already got himself three action franchises going- MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, THE BOURNE LEGACY, THE AVENGERS, and maybe even HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, if it does well.

I have nothing against these guys, and in one way or another they've all proved themselves. LaBeouf is way more charismatic then people give him credit for. Hardy owned in BRONSON, INCEPTION, & WARRIOR, and is poised to dominate as Bane in the next Batman, as well as the MAD MAX reboot if it ever gets going. Pine nailed Captain Kirk. Hemsworth made an awesome Thor, and Renner was incredible in HURT LOCKER, and THE TOWN.

But, with the exception of maybe LaBeouf, each and every one of these guys looks every bit the action hero. Ya know the type- six pack abs, intense, matinee idol good looks, etc. Certainly there's room for them in action movies, but to keep things interesting, don't we need a bit more variety?


When is the last time we really saw an action hero cast against type? I'm scratching my head right now thinking about it, but the last one that really sticks out is Matt Damon in THE BOURNE IDENTITY. Nowadays, Damon would fit right in with the new action ideal (brawny is out, lean and clean-cut seems to be in) but in 2001, people were sure that BOURNE, with Damon in the lead would be the box-office flop of the summer. Sure enough, opening weekend it got trounced by SCOOBY DOO of all films, but as word began to get out, suddenly Damon's action credibility shot way up, and now people have a hard time remembering that in the late nineties he was mostly a Miramax, indie-guy, known for GOOD WILL HUNTING and THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY.

Before that, I'd have to say Nicolas Cage. Like Damon, now he's an action hero- but before THE ROCK, he was known for quirky roles like RAISING ARIZONA, & WILD AT HEART, comedies like HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, and his Oscar-winning turn in LEAVING LAS VEGAS. When he was cast in THE ROCK, everyone assumed he'd just be Sean Connery's sidekick, but by the time he shoved a ball of poison gas in a villain's mouth at the climax, before giving himself an adrenaline shot in the heart, a new action icon was born. By the next year, Cage was all muscled out to play hero in CON AIR, a role in which a critic at the time said Cage looked like Jesus on steroids (due to the wild wig- the first of MANY). Now he's almost a parody of himself having done action role after action role, and like Damon, we forget that he was once a quirky character actor.


When an “against-type” piece of casting is particularly successful, usually the audience totally forgets what the actor was like before his reinvention. Consider Robert Downey Jr., who, pre-IRON MAN was mostly known for his scrapes with the law, in-between the occasional dose of critical acclaim (I'd wager KISS, KISS, BANG, BANG is the film that's truly responsible for his resurgence, even if it took years to catch on). Now, he's a superstar- despite his small-stature, and slight build. You see, Downey doesn't need forty pounds of muscle- he has charisma.

Ditto Johnny Depp. Pre-2003, he was known for zany character roles like EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, & BLOW. Since PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, he's become such a huge star that he's single-handedly kept Disney's live-action division afloat through his slew of billion dollar grossing films (truth be told, I miss the old Depp).

How about Denzel Washington. Now he's an icon of “badassitude”, but in the nineties, he was a “serious actor”- who, one day decided to make a few action movies (CRIMSON TIDE & VIRTUOSITY) to entertain his son, who complained about his father doing roles that were too “wimpy”. Really, Denzel didn't hit his stride as an action hero until around MAN ON FIRE, but his gravitas has made him an icon of the genre.

It helps that guys like Denzel, RDJ, and Depp are all in their forties, as their world-weariness and experience adds immensely to their roles. Guys like LaBeouf, Hemsworth, and Pine are all still in their twenties.


My favorite example of against-type casting is when Michael Keaton signed on to play BATMAN back in '89. At that point he was known as a comedian, and not a great one at that (BEETLEJUICE was great- THE DREAM TEAM, THE SQUEEZE, and JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY- not so much). When he was announced as the caped crusader, everyone assumed Tim Burton was going to make BATMAN into a comedy. Once the film opened and broke box-office records, everyone forgot that Keaton was ever a comedian, and other that THE OTHER GUYS, and the flop MULTIPLICITY, he hasn't made a comedy since.

The most successful “against-type” castings have actually been on the small-screen. One example is Michael Chiklis, who in the nineties was known as the nice-guy, pudgy, balding guy from THE COMMISH, and a bunch of bad sitcoms. After hitting the gym, and shaving his head, Chiklis did THE SHIELD, and the rest is history.

How about Bryan Cranston? Before BREAKING BAD he was famous for playing the wacky dad in MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE. What made his role in BREAKING BAD so powerful is that he starts the show off playing “to type”, and then begins to shift more and more into dark territory, to the point that watching MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE reruns, you'd never guess that it's the same guy.

To me, it seems that these outside-the-box casting choices go right more than they go wrong, so the next time a big action role comes up, why not look at someone outside the usual shortlist? Who knows, the next action icon might be someone we'd never expect.

Extra Tidbit: Who do you think should get a shot at the next big action role?
Source: JoBlo.com

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8:51PM on 12/12/2011
Not to be unfair to the writer of this article, but let's examine some of the names mentioned and get a better picture of perception vs. reality. First off, Hemsworth and Pine have barely been in enough mainstream movies to be sick of them in action roles. You probably couldn't count all the films they have done on one hand without looking up their IMDB resume. Second, the idea behind casting guys like Hardy and Renner was for Hollywood purposely be casting outside the box. Sure, in 5 years
Not to be unfair to the writer of this article, but let's examine some of the names mentioned and get a better picture of perception vs. reality. First off, Hemsworth and Pine have barely been in enough mainstream movies to be sick of them in action roles. You probably couldn't count all the films they have done on one hand without looking up their IMDB resume. Second, the idea behind casting guys like Hardy and Renner was for Hollywood purposely be casting outside the box. Sure, in 5 years we get sick of these guys in everything, but they don't scream stereotypical action star at first. Renner may be good shape as of late, but he certainly doesn't have six-pack abs nor matinee idols good looks, but that's why he has such strong a fanbase. And based on the examples given you mentioned, the irony behind outside the box casting is that the actors once scoffed at at the idea of them being action stars, end up becoming the norm. It's cyclical in Hollywood, no matter how you look at it. Oh and based on some of their upcoming projects, I'd say all the pretty boys named Chris are getting some really juicy dramatic roles.
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5:46PM on 12/10/2011
It's funny you mention all those examples, it's like Hollywood already does some out of the box casting after all. Yes casting rumors do always consist of the same names. Superman Returns would star Josh Hartnet, Ashton Kutcher and whatever guy was popular back then, yet it was the unknown Brandon Routh who got the part.
Joblo has casting articles from time to time, it's not that the suggestions gives there are so out of the box. Usually just actors or actresses that are popular at the
It's funny you mention all those examples, it's like Hollywood already does some out of the box casting after all. Yes casting rumors do always consist of the same names. Superman Returns would star Josh Hartnet, Ashton Kutcher and whatever guy was popular back then, yet it was the unknown Brandon Routh who got the part.
Joblo has casting articles from time to time, it's not that the suggestions gives there are so out of the box. Usually just actors or actresses that are popular at the moment.

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10:15AM on 12/10/2011
"You see, Downey doesn't need forty pounds of muscle- he has charisma. Ditto Johnny Depp..."
Reading RDJ and then seeing the word "Ditto" right after got me thinking of his role in A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints which is a great movie btw and one of my favorites. Actually I think it was his role as Dito Montiel in that movie that sealed his comeback and let everyone know he was serious and back to stay this time. He's a great actor with IMMENSE talent.
Now as for Depp...
"Since PIRATES
"You see, Downey doesn't need forty pounds of muscle- he has charisma. Ditto Johnny Depp..."
Reading RDJ and then seeing the word "Ditto" right after got me thinking of his role in A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints which is a great movie btw and one of my favorites. Actually I think it was his role as Dito Montiel in that movie that sealed his comeback and let everyone know he was serious and back to stay this time. He's a great actor with IMMENSE talent.
Now as for Depp...
"Since PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, he's become such a huge star that he's single-handedly kept Disney's live-action division afloat through his slew of billion dollar grossing films."
I begged a differ. I think he's just Jack Sparrow now. He hasn't really played anything else so it's not fair to include Depp in that category considering all he's been for the past couple years is Jack Sparrow.
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9:47AM on 12/10/2011
"When is the last time we really saw an action hero cast against type?" September: Abduction starring Taylor Lautner.
I agree with this article but Sharkboy was so out of the box, he drowned.
"When is the last time we really saw an action hero cast against type?" September: Abduction starring Taylor Lautner.
I agree with this article but Sharkboy was so out of the box, he drowned.
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7:34AM on 12/10/2011

Nice article

Id also toss in Peter Weller as Robocop. A pretty unconventional action guy.
Id also toss in Peter Weller as Robocop. A pretty unconventional action guy.
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7:13PM on 12/09/2011

Great topic

Wow, what a great article. Usually the C'mon Hollywoods are out here complaining about something. I did not get that from this article. A lot of really great points were brought up and I agreed with almost all of'em. I think a point missed perhaps is the iconic action hero who comes out of the mill and drops actioner after actioner on us, ( over time of course). We need an Arnold or Stallone or a van damme. They have have brought us hours of entertainment and it's time for some one to fill
Wow, what a great article. Usually the C'mon Hollywoods are out here complaining about something. I did not get that from this article. A lot of really great points were brought up and I agreed with almost all of'em. I think a point missed perhaps is the iconic action hero who comes out of the mill and drops actioner after actioner on us, ( over time of course). We need an Arnold or Stallone or a van damme. They have have brought us hours of entertainment and it's time for some one to fill those shoes.…
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10:30AM on 12/10/2011
Like him or not, you got Jason Statham doing his darndest to be just that. He's maybe the only one with enough credibility to get his movies a theatrical release.
Like him or not, you got Jason Statham doing his darndest to be just that. He's maybe the only one with enough credibility to get his movies a theatrical release.
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6:32PM on 12/09/2011

Great article!

And yes... most bad-asses came unexpectedly like Mel Gibson in Mad Max and Bruce Willis in Die Hard and they truly ended up defining the genre.

Nowadays I'm more partial towards more older-type of action stars just like Neeson in Taken or Jean Reno in the great Leon The Professional.

With that being said, I wish to see SAM ROCKWELL in the same line of ass-kickin' work.. he's just beyond awesome!
And yes... most bad-asses came unexpectedly like Mel Gibson in Mad Max and Bruce Willis in Die Hard and they truly ended up defining the genre.

Nowadays I'm more partial towards more older-type of action stars just like Neeson in Taken or Jean Reno in the great Leon The Professional.

With that being said, I wish to see SAM ROCKWELL in the same line of ass-kickin' work.. he's just beyond awesome!
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10:56AM on 12/10/2011
Funny, I was thinking about him too. Except, honestly, I think Sam would be better suited as sort of a next-gen Kevin Bacon. Unless he got kind of a John McClane-type role.
Funny, I was thinking about him too. Except, honestly, I think Sam would be better suited as sort of a next-gen Kevin Bacon. Unless he got kind of a John McClane-type role.
5:37PM on 12/09/2011
I get your point, but it seems like this was always an issue. You always have some films with the typicla leading man, and some with more "out-side the box" choices. Take Will Smith, who went from Comedy like Fresh Prince to Bad Boys and Independence Day. Or Daniel Craig, who was mainly a supporting character always until Bond. And more recently, Chris Evans. Who would have thought the guy from "Not another teen movie" would be a great Captain America?
I get your point, but it seems like this was always an issue. You always have some films with the typicla leading man, and some with more "out-side the box" choices. Take Will Smith, who went from Comedy like Fresh Prince to Bad Boys and Independence Day. Or Daniel Craig, who was mainly a supporting character always until Bond. And more recently, Chris Evans. Who would have thought the guy from "Not another teen movie" would be a great Captain America?
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2:17PM on 12/09/2011

I think you're really reaching

when it comes to being inside any kind of box in the first place:
"Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth, and of course, Jeremy Renner"
Lebeouf is against type, even now. Chris Pine, Hemsworth and Hardy? Hardy hasn't even technically broken out yet; Hemsworth arrived this past summer and Chris Pine the previous summer with Star Trek. Renner is still pushing for a follow up leading role. A "box" needs a few years of consistency to be worth breaking out of, I think. And
when it comes to being inside any kind of box in the first place:
"Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth, and of course, Jeremy Renner"
Lebeouf is against type, even now. Chris Pine, Hemsworth and Hardy? Hardy hasn't even technically broken out yet; Hemsworth arrived this past summer and Chris Pine the previous summer with Star Trek. Renner is still pushing for a follow up leading role. A "box" needs a few years of consistency to be worth breaking out of, I think. And what about Gosling in Drive, or Rogen in Green Hornet, if we're talking about deviating, type-wise, with action actors?

You have a great rundown of previous against type break-outs here, but you're also cherry picking from history as though type-deviations had been a thing of consistency until lately. Yes, we have a few muscular, decent looking guys set to take action oriented roles right now. We always have. Our percentage of against-type break outs aren't much different either. The action star is, if anything, less defined now than it ever has been.
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10:52AM on 12/10/2011
This is all true. However, all writers cherry-pick in order to make a persuasive argument. Not to mention, as a movie news site, JoBlo has posted more articles than I can remember touting the same bunch of actors in line for a role. Sure, they used to include Christian Bale and Gerard Butler. And Michael Fassbender is quickly becoming a favorite. What all these actors have in common is built-in fanbase, and each has at least one hit under their belt (even if they weren't the lead in said
This is all true. However, all writers cherry-pick in order to make a persuasive argument. Not to mention, as a movie news site, JoBlo has posted more articles than I can remember touting the same bunch of actors in line for a role. Sure, they used to include Christian Bale and Gerard Butler. And Michael Fassbender is quickly becoming a favorite. What all these actors have in common is built-in fanbase, and each has at least one hit under their belt (even if they weren't the lead in said hit).

The Green Hornet and Drive weren't exactly runaway hits either. Not like the Bourne movies, or POTC, or Iron Man.
12:41PM on 12/09/2011

Missing classic

Keaton was great in 'Night Shift'. Doesn't every generation have it's top 6 actors who get first refusal on everything? Wasn't Burt Reynolds the top-BO actor for about 6 years running and when he made 'City Heat' with Clint (that years No.1 BO star) they agreed to share top-billing, even in the credits their names appeared on the same line.
Keaton was great in 'Night Shift'. Doesn't every generation have it's top 6 actors who get first refusal on everything? Wasn't Burt Reynolds the top-BO actor for about 6 years running and when he made 'City Heat' with Clint (that years No.1 BO star) they agreed to share top-billing, even in the credits their names appeared on the same line.
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10:41AM on 12/10/2011
I was about to point out Night Shift. Sure, not badass at all, but he stole the movie.
I was about to point out Night Shift. Sure, not badass at all, but he stole the movie.
11:48AM on 12/09/2011
Chris Bumbray, you are a true media journalist. This was a well thought out article that made my inner fanboy fill up with glee. More articles from you, less from the dude who wrote about Batman Begins sucking.
Chris Bumbray, you are a true media journalist. This was a well thought out article that made my inner fanboy fill up with glee. More articles from you, less from the dude who wrote about Batman Begins sucking.
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11:24AM on 12/09/2011
agree with HEL105, liam neeson was a revelation in Taken.

and after reading this article it seems like the rock is doing the exact opposite, starting off really badass then going into kiddie/cheesy films (with the exception of fast 5)
agree with HEL105, liam neeson was a revelation in Taken.

and after reading this article it seems like the rock is doing the exact opposite, starting off really badass then going into kiddie/cheesy films (with the exception of fast 5)
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10:49AM on 12/09/2011
DiCaprio too. Titanic, Rome + Juliet, The Beach... not particularly badass.
Followed closely by Gangs of New York (made up to be pretty ugly too), Departed, Blood Diamond, Body of Lies, Inception, etc.
DiCaprio too. Titanic, Rome + Juliet, The Beach... not particularly badass.
Followed closely by Gangs of New York (made up to be pretty ugly too), Departed, Blood Diamond, Body of Lies, Inception, etc.
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10:40AM on 12/09/2011

Great Article.

I thought Ledger would be the worst Joker ever, and boy was I wrong. It gets you interested in a movie that you would otherwise ignore. I would like to see Cole Hauser put in a straight drama role. I agree with this article about Keaton. When you watch his stuff from the 80's and then watch Batman, it's like WOW what did he channel for that? I think Tarantino is doind a lot of against type casting lately.
I thought Ledger would be the worst Joker ever, and boy was I wrong. It gets you interested in a movie that you would otherwise ignore. I would like to see Cole Hauser put in a straight drama role. I agree with this article about Keaton. When you watch his stuff from the 80's and then watch Batman, it's like WOW what did he channel for that? I think Tarantino is doind a lot of against type casting lately.
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10:39AM on 12/09/2011

Great article, but

"Hollywood" and "outside the box" very rarely go together. To be fair, when you're dropping upwards of $50 million you start to get very nervous about the details. That said, I'd also mention Viggo Mortensen who was best known as the Devil in The Prophecy before Peter Jackson decided he'd make the perfect Aragorn.
"Hollywood" and "outside the box" very rarely go together. To be fair, when you're dropping upwards of $50 million you start to get very nervous about the details. That said, I'd also mention Viggo Mortensen who was best known as the Devil in The Prophecy before Peter Jackson decided he'd make the perfect Aragorn.
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3:23PM on 12/09/2011
Don't forget that Mortensen was a last minute replacement. I can't dispute that Jackson thought he would be the perfect Aragorn, but apparently someone along the line thought Stuart Townsend was supposed to be better.
Don't forget that Mortensen was a last minute replacement. I can't dispute that Jackson thought he would be the perfect Aragorn, but apparently someone along the line thought Stuart Townsend was supposed to be better.
5:54PM on 12/10/2011
agree, it's a shame they chose the well known and box office star Tobey Maguire for the Spider-man movies. Talk about playing it safe.
agree, it's a shame they chose the well known and box office star Tobey Maguire for the Spider-man movies. Talk about playing it safe.
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10:17AM on 12/09/2011
Don't forget Bruce Willis. We was known as a comic actor..Moonlighting, Blind Date...before Die Hard. That turned out awesome!
Don't forget Bruce Willis. We was known as a comic actor..Moonlighting, Blind Date...before Die Hard. That turned out awesome!
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9:46AM on 12/09/2011
For me, it's seeing Ryan O'Neal in "The Driver". I have that mental image of him as a rich boy playing hockey in "Love Story". It's kinda against type to see him play The Driver who lives in solitude with his radio.
For me, it's seeing Ryan O'Neal in "The Driver". I have that mental image of him as a rich boy playing hockey in "Love Story". It's kinda against type to see him play The Driver who lives in solitude with his radio.
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9:45AM on 12/09/2011
What about Liam Neeson in Taken? He was a total badass in that movie, and he definitely doesn't have the typical badass look.
What about Liam Neeson in Taken? He was a total badass in that movie, and he definitely doesn't have the typical badass look.
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9:46AM on 12/09/2011
Yeah, that too!
Yeah, that too!
10:38AM on 12/10/2011
I was surprised as everyone else when he took the action-star mantle, but Neeson has a long history of ass-kicking in movies like "Rob Roy," "Phantom Menace," and "Kingdom of Heaven." I wasn't surprised he could acquit himself, I was surprised it revolutionized his career.
I was surprised as everyone else when he took the action-star mantle, but Neeson has a long history of ass-kicking in movies like "Rob Roy," "Phantom Menace," and "Kingdom of Heaven." I wasn't surprised he could acquit himself, I was surprised it revolutionized his career.
5:20PM on 12/10/2011
I was surprised such a mediocre film was a big hit in America.
I was surprised such a mediocre film was a big hit in America.
9:36AM on 12/09/2011
Adrian Brody in Predators was against type. Other than that I can see Chris's point.
Adrian Brody in Predators was against type. Other than that I can see Chris's point.
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8:59AM on 12/09/2011
I would say that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a surprising choice for Inception. I think mainstream audiences probably still associated him with 3rd Rock From The Sun or 10 Things I Hate About You, and some with (500) Days Of Summer.

Nobody expected the hallway fight scene, and now it would be easy to see him take the lead in an action heavy film.
I would say that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a surprising choice for Inception. I think mainstream audiences probably still associated him with 3rd Rock From The Sun or 10 Things I Hate About You, and some with (500) Days Of Summer.

Nobody expected the hallway fight scene, and now it would be easy to see him take the lead in an action heavy film.
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8:08AM on 12/09/2011
I think Hollywood does this more than you give them credit for. Tobey McGuire as Spider-man? Excellent choice, but Tobey McGuire is not exactly leading man material, but it works for the character.

Personally, I'd like to see an action film where the main character is a chubby loser who is finally forced to actually do something with his life. A real action film, not an action comedy.
I think Hollywood does this more than you give them credit for. Tobey McGuire as Spider-man? Excellent choice, but Tobey McGuire is not exactly leading man material, but it works for the character.

Personally, I'd like to see an action film where the main character is a chubby loser who is finally forced to actually do something with his life. A real action film, not an action comedy.
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10:35AM on 12/10/2011
You mean find someone like '80s-era Dennis Franz to play the hero? Or Danny McBride playing a straight-man?
You mean find someone like '80s-era Dennis Franz to play the hero? Or Danny McBride playing a straight-man?
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8:04AM on 12/09/2011
I totally agree! Everytime I see outside the box casting, I get interested! Just look at One Hour Photo, maybe not the best film, but damn I liked watching Robin Williams in a role like that! And Keano Reeves in The Gift, awesome! C'mon Hollywood!!!
I totally agree! Everytime I see outside the box casting, I get interested! Just look at One Hour Photo, maybe not the best film, but damn I liked watching Robin Williams in a role like that! And Keano Reeves in The Gift, awesome! C'mon Hollywood!!!
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7:56AM on 12/09/2011
Great Article! I remember seeing The Shield (badass show) for the first time and couldn't believe that Chiklis was the same guy in the Seinfeld episode where he hosted the party in Long Island. Tidbit: Maybe Luke Evans (not really an "outside the box" choice) - He had the look in Immortals and will probably get more name recognition after The Hobbit. I think I remember his character Bard being rather tough in the book.
Great Article! I remember seeing The Shield (badass show) for the first time and couldn't believe that Chiklis was the same guy in the Seinfeld episode where he hosted the party in Long Island. Tidbit: Maybe Luke Evans (not really an "outside the box" choice) - He had the look in Immortals and will probably get more name recognition after The Hobbit. I think I remember his character Bard being rather tough in the book.
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7:53AM on 12/09/2011
Excellent article and very well written. The thing is the economy the way it is, studios don't want to take risks anymore. They want to go for surefire name recognition and in vogue stars. So of course they go for the same names over and over because it's guaranteed to bring in an audience. I'd love for them to think outside the box too. Matt Damon destroyed my view of him in the Bourne trilogy. They're three of the finest action movies I've seen in years and it stars an indie darling.
Excellent article and very well written. The thing is the economy the way it is, studios don't want to take risks anymore. They want to go for surefire name recognition and in vogue stars. So of course they go for the same names over and over because it's guaranteed to bring in an audience. I'd love for them to think outside the box too. Matt Damon destroyed my view of him in the Bourne trilogy. They're three of the finest action movies I've seen in years and it stars an indie darling. Hollywood doesn't want risky and up and coming. They want a person with an automatic audience and following because they want to make money more than deliver art. Hence the remakes, reboots, and sequels.
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7:59AM on 12/09/2011
You make complete sense. I was shocked and actually disappointed when they cast Damon, but I am glad I was wrong - love those films.
You make complete sense. I was shocked and actually disappointed when they cast Damon, but I am glad I was wrong - love those films.
5:25PM on 12/10/2011
Terminal_83 I love you but...
'Moviefans' love A Nightmare on Elmstreet. A franchise that consists of 7 sequels and one remake. Of course people love the sequels and despise the remake. And what was the worst thing they did with the remake. Recast Freddy Krueger. So when Hollywood finally does some out of the box casting all 'moviefans' begin to cry that it's not the same actor of the last 25 years. Go figure.
Terminal_83 I love you but...
'Moviefans' love A Nightmare on Elmstreet. A franchise that consists of 7 sequels and one remake. Of course people love the sequels and despise the remake. And what was the worst thing they did with the remake. Recast Freddy Krueger. So when Hollywood finally does some out of the box casting all 'moviefans' begin to cry that it's not the same actor of the last 25 years. Go figure.