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09.09.2016

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The casting of one of my favorite on-screen villains and performances isn’t’ going to be easy. I don’t believe this movie is even up for a remake at the moment, but you know how it goes, it’s going to happen eventually. I was watching MISERY the other night for the hundredth time and realized that Annie Wilkes still scares the shit out of me. I got to thinking of how we might never have such a performance again and what if they tried to capture this great one by Kathy Bates once more?

Annie Wilkes is a character in the 1987 novel Misery, by Stephen King about a psychotic fan who holds an author captive and forces him to write her stories. In the 1990 film adaptation Wilkes was portrayed by Kathy Bates, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal. The American Film Institute included Annie Wilkes in their "100 Heroes and Villains" list, ranking her as the 17th most iconic villain (and sixth most iconic villainess) in film history. 

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The actress to take on the part would have to bring a lot of talent, energy, and be able to pull off being a believable psychopath - enter Laurie Metcalf.  The recognizable TV and Broadway star probably hasn’t’ gotten the recognition she deserves for being one of the most talented actors working today. From her early days on Roseanne to her 2015 turn as Wilkes on the Broadway version of MISERY, she certainly has the ability to make this character work again. If you ever watched HBO’s Getting On, you know she has a dark almost pathetic style to her character that would make for a great Annie.

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My other choices would be Julianne Moore and Cate Blanchett because if you’ve ever seen any of them cry on screen, you know how well that would work for the role. Also, when it comes to Moore, she’s proven herself over the last decade to be one of the greatest we have alongside Blanchett. I would hope that if and when this movie is being remade and the casting is underway, we get someone who can own the screen like these actresses. 

What about you guys? Have a strong lead in mind for the role? 

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RESULTS FROM CAST THIS: Lisa (WEIRD SCIENCE) - Kelly Brook, Alexandra Daddario, Margot Robbie

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Extra Tidbit: Adapted to a play which opened on Broadway in 2015. It stars Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf.
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10:21AM on 09/10/2016
Ann Dowd anyone?
Ann Dowd anyone?
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9:45PM on 09/09/2016
Barbara Crampton would be perfect for the role.
Barbara Crampton would be perfect for the role.
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5:16PM on 09/09/2016
I think Naomi Watts would pull it off. She can really go the distance.
I think Naomi Watts would pull it off. She can really go the distance.
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3:21PM on 09/09/2016
Margo Martindale

She is a brilliant actress and after seeing her on season two of Justified, she can be scary and menacing as hell.
Margo Martindale

She is a brilliant actress and after seeing her on season two of Justified, she can be scary and menacing as hell.
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6:21PM on 09/09/2016
Hell yes
Hell yes
12:40PM on 09/09/2016
Hmm, trying to fill Bates' shoes is a tough choice. my picks would be Amy Schumer or Melanie Lynskey. Thats thinking outside the box.
Hmm, trying to fill Bates' shoes is a tough choice. my picks would be Amy Schumer or Melanie Lynskey. Thats thinking outside the box.
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12:26PM on 09/09/2016

PLEASE NO HATE !!!

I think Melissa McCarthy would be awesome as the lead. I don't know why but I have a feeling she would do a great job with this role. She can kill the subtle humorous parts and I feel she can also turn it around when necessary. But yeah, my 2 cents. Again, please no hate. Just my thoughts that is all :D
I think Melissa McCarthy would be awesome as the lead. I don't know why but I have a feeling she would do a great job with this role. She can kill the subtle humorous parts and I feel she can also turn it around when necessary. But yeah, my 2 cents. Again, please no hate. Just my thoughts that is all :D
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12:34PM on 09/09/2016
In some ways she is too much like Kathy Bates. They're even friends and Kathy Bates has been in both her husband's directorial efforts. I'll bet if you asked McCarthy to list people she's modeled herself after, Kathy Bates would be high on that list.
In some ways she is too much like Kathy Bates. They're even friends and Kathy Bates has been in both her husband's directorial efforts. I'll bet if you asked McCarthy to list people she's modeled herself after, Kathy Bates would be high on that list.
1:10PM on 09/09/2016
Oh, I actually had no idea. Thanks for the info HoyleHaw :D
Oh, I actually had no idea. Thanks for the info HoyleHaw :D
11:34AM on 09/09/2016

I love that clip

The entire performance is amazing but that clip really shows how fucking crazy she really was as that character. I love when the camera dips under her and Bates keps her eyes wide open as she is saying why Rocketman escaping bothered her as a child. It is going to be hard to replicate that performance. You need an actress who can pull off having that every day woman look and do it convincingly. Not just pulling her hair back and wearing little to no make up. No, it is in the body
The entire performance is amazing but that clip really shows how fucking crazy she really was as that character. I love when the camera dips under her and Bates keps her eyes wide open as she is saying why Rocketman escaping bothered her as a child. It is going to be hard to replicate that performance. You need an actress who can pull off having that every day woman look and do it convincingly. Not just pulling her hair back and wearing little to no make up. No, it is in the body language and everything. What made Bates so terrifying is that she looks like a woman you would see everyday on a train, bus stop, grocery store, or wherever you always run into people you see on a regular basis.
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10:55AM on 09/09/2016

New Column Analyzing Villains

For a minute, I thought this was a new column about the best villains in movies, and I got excited. That would be a fun new series: looking at the best villains in cinema, or misunderstood villains, their motivations, etc. Hey Joblo, get on it!

As for this one, seeing a big name like Julia Roberts take a dark turn and tap into that star power would be pretty interesting.
For a minute, I thought this was a new column about the best villains in movies, and I got excited. That would be a fun new series: looking at the best villains in cinema, or misunderstood villains, their motivations, etc. Hey Joblo, get on it!

As for this one, seeing a big name like Julia Roberts take a dark turn and tap into that star power would be pretty interesting.
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12:36PM on 09/09/2016
Ironic choice considering Annie is a superfan and Julia Roberts used to be the biggest name in Hollywood.
Ironic choice considering Annie is a superfan and Julia Roberts used to be the biggest name in Hollywood.
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