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Cast This: Dirty Harry

01.29.2016

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It's safe to say that a lot of readers of our site have an opinion or two when it comes to reboots and or recasting. It took me awhile to come around to the idea that it's not as though they are replacing our beloved characters, we can see them on Blu-ray or DVD whenever we want, for the most part they're simply just trying to capture lightening in a bottle and share that experience we hold so dear with a new audience. Now that I got that off my chest, let's cast Dirty Harry!

I haven't heard anything to suggest that they're rebooting the franchise with a new face for Harry Callahan, but if I were a betting man, I would say it's only a matter of time. For those of you unfamiliar with the series...hello, and welcome to movies! The franchise includes the movies DIRTY HARRY (1971), MAGNUM FORCE (1973), THE ENFORCER (1976), SUDDEN IMPACT (1983), and THE DEAD POOL (1988) featuring fictional San Francisco Police Department Homicide Division Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan played by Clint Eastwood. I think it would be great to see Eastwood in the role again, more curmudgeon than ever too. We basically had it with GRAN TORINO, but I guess they didn’t want to commit to that idea. Eastwood could direct the first entry in the new series too! Yes, we can dream here with Cast This.

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Eastwood is the man. But a DIRTY HARRY remake could be successful especially if the actor inheriting the titular role brought his own brand of justice along with the grit and no-nonsense likability of the man we know and respect. In a James Bond world, casting could be a unique option for the series, with a new actor taking on the role after someone else has their run.

An obvious but favorite choice would have to be Scott Eastwood, son of the iconic Clint Eastwood. He’s likely seen how his dad performed in all those movies and even appeared in his films FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, GRAN TORINO, INVICTUS, and TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE. Having his own starring vehicle could do a lot of good for his career; there is just the nepotism that a lot of people would have to put aside for it to work too.

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One of my favorite actors to cast in just about anything is Tom Hardy. This guy has had a few great years recently so I don’t understand how he’s not on people’s minds all the time when it comes to casting awesome roles. He’s played a ruthless prisoner in BRONSON, he broke Batman’s back in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, and stole scene after scene in work like INCEPTION, WARRIOR and most recently THE REVENANT. He didn’t have much to say in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD so that’s clearly a testament to what he could bring to this role. His looks, range, and brooding presence could do wonders for a Callahan.

Then there’s the actor who can sing, dance, and bring out retractable claws when he has to. I’m talking of course about Hugh Jackman. THE WOLVERINE actor has had no problems with balancing superhero success with other memorable roles like THE PRESTIGE, PRISONERS, and REAL STEEL. He doesn’t have a lot to prove in terms of talent, so taking on a role that demands confidence and attitude wouldn’t be that much of a stretch for Jackman.

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What do you think? Would you like to see maybe Daniel Craig step into the streets with a magnum after he’s done with Bond’s Walther PPK? He looks like he's lived Dirty Harry’s life already, so we might have to go younger. Some people have mentioned Chris Hemsworth to take on the part; the THOR actor can certainly wield a weapon and I would have no problem believing he enjoys taking out the punk trash like Eastwood did. What about Charlie Hunnam (PACIFIC RIM, Sons of Anarchy) or Jamie Dornan (The Fall)? The options are near endless; I had a hard time narrowing down my choices so I can't wait to see what you guys come up with.

Who would you like to see in the role?

RESULTS BELOW FROM CAST THIS: Freddy Krueger - 1. Paul Dano 2. Walton Goggins 3. Robert Knepper

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Extra Tidbit: According to IMDb, a police department in the Philippines ordered a print of the movie for use as a training film.
Source: JoBlo.com

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2:15PM on 01/31/2016

Dirty Harry

Ryan Gosling would be a good fit.
Ryan Gosling would be a good fit.
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4:09AM on 01/30/2016

DIRTY HARRY REBOOT

starring

SCOTT EASTWOOD

directed by Clint Eastwood

music by Kanye Eastwood

SUMMER 2017
starring

SCOTT EASTWOOD

directed by Clint Eastwood

music by Kanye Eastwood

SUMMER 2017
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9:17PM on 01/29/2016
Clint or no one!
Clint or no one!
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6:51PM on 01/29/2016

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Normally I wouldn't care for recasting a iconic character such as Dirty Harry but have been really missing the tough un pc type movie so if it has to happen I pick his son Scott or Hugh Jackman. I always thought Hugh resembled Clint.
Normally I wouldn't care for recasting a iconic character such as Dirty Harry but have been really missing the tough un pc type movie so if it has to happen I pick his son Scott or Hugh Jackman. I always thought Hugh resembled Clint.
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1:17AM on 01/30/2016
Problem is in this day and age chances are it will be riddled with PC rubbish all the way through, if not the character effected by PC the plot will involve some PC agenda. It would take a Script writer and Director with balls of steel to pull off an unapologetic, brutal, violent and gritty Dirty Harry reboot. I would love to see it though with the right people in place.
Problem is in this day and age chances are it will be riddled with PC rubbish all the way through, if not the character effected by PC the plot will involve some PC agenda. It would take a Script writer and Director with balls of steel to pull off an unapologetic, brutal, violent and gritty Dirty Harry reboot. I would love to see it though with the right people in place.
5:14PM on 01/29/2016
Not replace them? Say that again after people say wait, this was a remake
Not replace them? Say that again after people say wait, this was a remake
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4:39PM on 01/29/2016

There is only one Dirty Harry

That is all.
That is all.
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11:45AM on 01/29/2016
Wow! I posted without reading the below comments first, then I just went back over them. Alike minds this morning givin' a lotta love to Olyphant...
Wow! I posted without reading the below comments first, then I just went back over them. Alike minds this morning givin' a lotta love to Olyphant...
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11:43AM on 01/29/2016
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11:41AM on 01/29/2016
Some intriguing choices and for some reason I can see Hugh Jackman after hanging up the claws...he'll be about the right age and would have the right amount of tone, intensity, etc.
Nah, I love Tom Hardy, but honestly there's much more for him out there.

My choice would be Timothy Olyphant. He pretty much played a version of Dirty Harry on Justified and would like to see him back on the big screen, though I am hearing the Deadwood revival is about to go off too...
Some intriguing choices and for some reason I can see Hugh Jackman after hanging up the claws...he'll be about the right age and would have the right amount of tone, intensity, etc.
Nah, I love Tom Hardy, but honestly there's much more for him out there.

My choice would be Timothy Olyphant. He pretty much played a version of Dirty Harry on Justified and would like to see him back on the big screen, though I am hearing the Deadwood revival is about to go off too...
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8:51AM on 01/29/2016
1. Scott Eastwood is too young
2. The worst thing Scott Eastwood could do right now to establish himself as an actor is take on arguably his father's most iconic role.

I can think of a half-dozen actors, most of whom have done some version of a Dirty Harry role already. I would also say no to Hugh Jackman. The guy plays angry like no one's business, but Dirty Harry was more just mean.
1. Scott Eastwood is too young
2. The worst thing Scott Eastwood could do right now to establish himself as an actor is take on arguably his father's most iconic role.

I can think of a half-dozen actors, most of whom have done some version of a Dirty Harry role already. I would also say no to Hugh Jackman. The guy plays angry like no one's business, but Dirty Harry was more just mean.
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6:37AM on 01/29/2016
Scott Eastwood would be my first pick but Karl Urban or Timothy Olyphant wouldn't disappoint.
Scott Eastwood would be my first pick but Karl Urban or Timothy Olyphant wouldn't disappoint.
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6:29AM on 01/29/2016
Karl Urban used Clint's Harry Callahan as inspiration for Dredd, and pulled it off quite well.
Karl Urban used Clint's Harry Callahan as inspiration for Dredd, and pulled it off quite well.
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5:34AM on 01/29/2016

No Brainer

Timothy Olyphant, or Hugh Jackman! They both have that long thin build that Eastwood had. We have seen Jackman with a cigar hanging out of his mouth, and we have seen Olyphant be a western style badass! Flip a coin and see who gets the part.

PS: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly should remain untouched!!!!
Timothy Olyphant, or Hugh Jackman! They both have that long thin build that Eastwood had. We have seen Jackman with a cigar hanging out of his mouth, and we have seen Olyphant be a western style badass! Flip a coin and see who gets the part.

PS: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly should remain untouched!!!!
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11:47AM on 01/29/2016
Spot on ThunderMonkey!!!
Spot on ThunderMonkey!!!
4:14AM on 01/29/2016
Timothy Olyphant.

Deadwood, and Justified prove that he's more than capable of pulling off an iconic role like this.
Timothy Olyphant.

Deadwood, and Justified prove that he's more than capable of pulling off an iconic role like this.
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3:46AM on 01/29/2016
It's almost impossible to not think of anyone but Scott Eastwood. If not him though I would say Timothy Olyphant. He has a knack for being a bad ass law enforcer.
It's almost impossible to not think of anyone but Scott Eastwood. If not him though I would say Timothy Olyphant. He has a knack for being a bad ass law enforcer.
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3:07AM on 01/29/2016
Scott Eastwood for me as well. He's born to play this role. He has right physique as well. It doesn't have to be Harry Callahan's son. Let's just put him as Dirty Harry and take the story from there.
Scott Eastwood for me as well. He's born to play this role. He has right physique as well. It doesn't have to be Harry Callahan's son. Let's just put him as Dirty Harry and take the story from there.
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