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Cage is Bad Lt.

05.13.2008
If I hadn't seen it in Variety, I'm not sure I'd believe this. I mean, when we first heard about a remake of BAD LIEUTENANT, I just assumed it would end up going direct-to-vid if it even got made.

But nope -- Nic Cage is breathing an illegal BAC of life into the role once inhabited by Harvey Keitel. Okay, I can see that, since Cage is pretty eccentric when it comes to selecting projects. But Cage is, surprisingly, not the weird part. Veteran filmmaker Werner Herzog is directing.

An acclaimed art-house director, Herzog gained attention for more recent projects like GRIZZLY MAN and RESCUE DAWN but is probably best known for his infamous collaborations with Klaus Kinski (if you haven't seen AGUIRRE, WRATH OF GOD and FITZCARRALDO, you clearly don't watch enough films). Although given his experience with Kinski, working with Cage should be a piece of cake.

Abel Ferrara's original fun-filled 1992 flick featured (nude) Harvey Keitel as a lowlife asshole detective who spends his days gambling, f*cking, drinking and doing lots of drugs while occasionally while investigating the rape of a nun. TV guy William Finkelstein (NYPD BLUE, LAW & ORDER) and producer Ed Pressman (THE CROW) are behind the remake, with Nu Image/Millennium footing the bill for the iniquitous festivities.
Extra Tidbit: My own surreal Herzog experience: sitting on the set of THE GRAND with Woody Harrelson, Brett Ratner and a CHUD writer as Herzog casually told stories of how he's cheated death on many occasions.
Source: Variety

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4:37AM on 05/17/2008
Why remake it? Come on, it's obvious. Cage is way more mainstream than Harvey was or ever will be. As classic as the original is, it is still a film that not a lot of people have heard of. I bought it for 7 dollars at Circuit city just because I knew Harvey from Tarantino films. It was rated NC-17 when it came out and I can guarantee the remake will be rated R, but it wont be any more violent or controversial than any of the R rated films to come out the last 10 years. Cage is way more
Why remake it? Come on, it's obvious. Cage is way more mainstream than Harvey was or ever will be. As classic as the original is, it is still a film that not a lot of people have heard of. I bought it for 7 dollars at Circuit city just because I knew Harvey from Tarantino films. It was rated NC-17 when it came out and I can guarantee the remake will be rated R, but it wont be any more violent or controversial than any of the R rated films to come out the last 10 years. Cage is way more recognizable than Harvey and if anything, the majority of people will go see it because of him, not because they've seen the original. Sadly, this is the TRUTH.
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7:35PM on 05/16/2008

Cage ....

... needs to get a new agent. And publicist. And anyone else who has been helping him make career decisions for the last 2 years.
... needs to get a new agent. And publicist. And anyone else who has been helping him make career decisions for the last 2 years.
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9:25AM on 05/14/2008

WTF?!

First of all the original is an absolute classic and nobody could top Harvey Keitel's performance, but that aside, the original was made only 18 years or so ago. Why the hell remake it now???
First of all the original is an absolute classic and nobody could top Harvey Keitel's performance, but that aside, the original was made only 18 years or so ago. Why the hell remake it now???
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7:00AM on 05/14/2008

WTF

Man, Herzog is a constipated director. just watch COBRA VERDE or FITZCARRALDO and you wont poop for a week. Now combo that with Nick Cages acting and there you go, instant Designatory!!
Man, Herzog is a constipated director. just watch COBRA VERDE or FITZCARRALDO and you wont poop for a week. Now combo that with Nick Cages acting and there you go, instant Designatory!!
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3:14AM on 05/14/2008
I'm just going to agree with EBastard!
I'm just going to agree with EBastard!
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2:03AM on 05/14/2008

FOR F**KS SAKE!!!

NO! NONONONONO! Nicolas "Cage" Coppola, if you have any soul whatsoever, walk away. Werner Herzog, Millenium, in fact all of Hollywood... ENOUGH AL-F***ING-READY!!!! If you cant come up with an original idea, pay someone else to, or quit (re-) making movies.
NO! NONONONONO! Nicolas "Cage" Coppola, if you have any soul whatsoever, walk away. Werner Herzog, Millenium, in fact all of Hollywood... ENOUGH AL-F***ING-READY!!!! If you cant come up with an original idea, pay someone else to, or quit (re-) making movies.
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11:28PM on 05/13/2008
Herzog directing is certainly unusual and inspired. If Kinski were alive he'd be just about perfect.
Herzog directing is certainly unusual and inspired. If Kinski were alive he'd be just about perfect.
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11:00PM on 05/13/2008
This movie is only 16 years old and they are already remaking it.

Keitel gave one of the most manic visceral performances ever.
This movie is only 16 years old and they are already remaking it.

Keitel gave one of the most manic visceral performances ever.
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10:34PM on 05/13/2008

I'm with you Puff...

between Kietel's cock shot and the most annoying whining I have ever heard coming from a grown man in the history of film (seriously, it's THAT BAD), BL wasn't really a bad movie (7/10, IMHO), but this is a bad idea.

Not to mention the fact that there's NO WAY Cage will GO THERE like Kietel did.
between Kietel's cock shot and the most annoying whining I have ever heard coming from a grown man in the history of film (seriously, it's THAT BAD), BL wasn't really a bad movie (7/10, IMHO), but this is a bad idea.

Not to mention the fact that there's NO WAY Cage will GO THERE like Kietel did.
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10:05PM on 05/13/2008
the original was far from perfection, but im not excited for this either, wait and see i guess
the original was far from perfection, but im not excited for this either, wait and see i guess
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8:35PM on 05/13/2008

WTF!!??

Why tamper with perfection?
Why tamper with perfection?
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