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CAST THIS: Hercules

Apr. 29, 2011by: JoBlo

So since I'm running out of superheroes to write this column about, what's wrong with turning to say, some Greek myths? Yesterday it was announced that none other than Brett Ratner would be directing a movie based on the comic Hercules: The Thracian wars, after dropping out of a similar Hercules project a year ago.

Whatever your opinion of Ratner, it does stand to reason that the burden of the film will likely fall on the burly shoulders of whichever actor is tapped to play the legend. So who the hell could it be? Who might be our modern day HERCULES?

The character has gone through a number of variants over the years, from Sorbo to Arnold to his own Disney animated feature. So who should play him in 2011? Who are the contenders?

It's tough because we just don't have actors that are absolutely MASSIVE the way Arnold and Stallone used to be. People are jacked, sure, but it's hard to think of people that resemble something out of a Greek myth.

But is it OK for Hercules to not be a giant? Sorbo's wasn't overly huge, and it stands to reason that you don't need biceps the size of your head to fill the role, as supernatural strength might take a more subtle form. Which buff actor do you think should play the new Hercules? I swear if anyone says Taylor Lautner...

Last Time: THE RAT PACK

Last column we took a look at who might best play the Rat Pack in Scorsese' upcoming Sinatra biopic. Not a ton of responses for this one, as I bet our age demo skews a bit younger, but here are your best picks for each role:

1. Frank Sinatra - Leonardo DiCaprio 2. Dean Martin - George Clooney 3. Sammy Davis Jr. - Don Cheadle

Great picks all around, and I can't argue with any of them. It's fairly obvious to me Leo will play Sinatra at some point in his life in a Scorsese movie. I love Clooney as Dean Martin (he can even sing a little!) and Cheadle has played Davis Jr. before, so it would be no problem for him.

Alright, how about the mighty Hercules?

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12:09AM on 05/11/2011
Why the picture of Marvel's Hercules? This thing has nothing to do with that character. It's just MGM trying to hop on to the popularity of Thor. LAME.
Why the picture of Marvel's Hercules? This thing has nothing to do with that character. It's just MGM trying to hop on to the popularity of Thor. LAME.
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8:58AM on 05/08/2011
Hugh Jackman!
Hugh Jackman!
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4:25AM on 05/02/2011

hmmmmm

lets have some marvel brotherly love and give the roll to Liam Hemsworth!!!
lets have some marvel brotherly love and give the roll to Liam Hemsworth!!!
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12:08AM on 05/02/2011
If you just need someone who's incredibly buff, it's hard to do better than Nathan Jones.
If you just need someone who's incredibly buff, it's hard to do better than Nathan Jones.
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10:38PM on 05/01/2011
Kevin James.
Kevin James.
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10:10AM on 05/01/2011

I want Ratner to die

That's what I want.
That's what I want.
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11:58PM on 04/30/2011
Eh this is hard. I want Tom Hardy, but I don't want his career to take a dip in quality from being in a Brett Ratner movie... so Hayden Christensen. Christensen is scrappy enough that he wouldn't be able to bulk up, and plus he has Ratner for a director so his performance would be worse than normal. Then no one would go see it, and boom Christensen is stuck starring in direct-to-DVD movies for the rest of his career and leaving the rest of the emotionless roles to better actors like Paul Walker
Eh this is hard. I want Tom Hardy, but I don't want his career to take a dip in quality from being in a Brett Ratner movie... so Hayden Christensen. Christensen is scrappy enough that he wouldn't be able to bulk up, and plus he has Ratner for a director so his performance would be worse than normal. Then no one would go see it, and boom Christensen is stuck starring in direct-to-DVD movies for the rest of his career and leaving the rest of the emotionless roles to better actors like Paul Walker and Keanu Reeves. Think about it? The world would be a better place if Christensen were cast as Hercules.
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3:26PM on 04/30/2011
I LOVE the Rat Pack selections. All 3 are spot on!

As far as Hercules goes....Terry Crews FTW!!
I LOVE the Rat Pack selections. All 3 are spot on!

As far as Hercules goes....Terry Crews FTW!!
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6:57AM on 04/30/2011
If you want massive, you'd probably have to go with a professional wrestler (unfortunatly). So that means either The Rock (though Hercules isn't black), or perhaps HHH (his chance to prove he's an actor)
If you want massive, you'd probably have to go with a professional wrestler (unfortunatly). So that means either The Rock (though Hercules isn't black), or perhaps HHH (his chance to prove he's an actor)
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6:25PM on 05/01/2011
good thing the rock isn't black, and just because he has to be big doesn't mean you'd have to go with a professional wrestler, Arnold and Sorbo weren't pro wrestlers.
good thing the rock isn't black, and just because he has to be big doesn't mean you'd have to go with a professional wrestler, Arnold and Sorbo weren't pro wrestlers.
11:04PM on 05/01/2011
so wut is he if he isnt black?? His father is rocky johnson who *gasp*... is black..
so wut is he if he isnt black?? His father is rocky johnson who *gasp*... is black..
12:07AM on 05/02/2011
Traditionally in Hollywood, Hercules hasn't been black. But realistically speaking, one could make the case that Hercules should be Mediterranean looking, which Dwayne Johnson could certainly pass for. He already kinda sorta did this in The Scorpion King.
Traditionally in Hollywood, Hercules hasn't been black. But realistically speaking, one could make the case that Hercules should be Mediterranean looking, which Dwayne Johnson could certainly pass for. He already kinda sorta did this in The Scorpion King.
11:05PM on 04/29/2011
My guess is Ratner will tout a particular rising star (like Tom Hardy) for his Hercules, and lobby for the guy. Then the actor will get a plum role in a better project, and Ratner will settle on another, relative unknown, either British or Australian, but maybe from California or Canada, who has done solid TV or indie work, but still needs to prove himself before becoming the next Marvel hero or Bourne clone. And that's who's gonna get the part. I don't know who he is, just that, if need be, he
My guess is Ratner will tout a particular rising star (like Tom Hardy) for his Hercules, and lobby for the guy. Then the actor will get a plum role in a better project, and Ratner will settle on another, relative unknown, either British or Australian, but maybe from California or Canada, who has done solid TV or indie work, but still needs to prove himself before becoming the next Marvel hero or Bourne clone. And that's who's gonna get the part. I don't know who he is, just that, if need be, he can beef up enough to make for a decent Hercules.
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9:34PM on 04/29/2011
Tom Hardy.

He's already yoked up to play Bane. Might as well use him while he's that big. Plus he can actually act.
Tom Hardy.

He's already yoked up to play Bane. Might as well use him while he's that big. Plus he can actually act.
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7:28PM on 04/29/2011

michael cera.

cmon ratner cast him.
cmon ratner cast him.
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7:02PM on 04/29/2011
The Winklevoss twins himself, Arnie Hammer.
The Winklevoss twins himself, Arnie Hammer.
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5:34PM on 04/29/2011
rowan atkinson ^^ ho2 ...kidding....the rock maybe?
rowan atkinson ^^ ho2 ...kidding....the rock maybe?
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4:42PM on 04/29/2011
Chris Helmsworth is Thor so lets have his brother Liam Helmsworth as Hercules! Just bulk him up like his brother.
Chris Helmsworth is Thor so lets have his brother Liam Helmsworth as Hercules! Just bulk him up like his brother.
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4:25PM on 04/29/2011
i just think this is a bad idea dont we have enough of these kind of films already sand the oly one that looks decent so far is Immortals and 300 was great. But COTT was awful and the 2nd one will definitely blow worse. We dont need greek myths being the next trend in hollywood. How about some originality.
i just think this is a bad idea dont we have enough of these kind of films already sand the oly one that looks decent so far is Immortals and 300 was great. But COTT was awful and the 2nd one will definitely blow worse. We dont need greek myths being the next trend in hollywood. How about some originality.
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4:12PM on 04/29/2011
Brock Lesnar, he has the look if only he could act.
Brock Lesnar, he has the look if only he could act.
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4:05PM on 04/29/2011

Hercules is...

Dwayne Johnson
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3:30PM on 04/29/2011
Will probably be Butler. But the Rock is def able to act well enough and is big enough to please even the toughest critics.
Will probably be Butler. But the Rock is def able to act well enough and is big enough to please even the toughest critics.
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3:23PM on 04/29/2011
Alexander Skarsgard.
Alexander Skarsgard.
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7:31AM on 05/04/2011
Perfect choice
Perfect choice
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3:07PM on 04/29/2011
I agree with Hugh Jackman. He is awesome!
I agree with Hugh Jackman. He is awesome!
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2:43PM on 04/29/2011
Chris Hemsworth would be ideal, but I would prefer him playing something not connected with mythology, as his next gig
Chris Hemsworth would be ideal, but I would prefer him playing something not connected with mythology, as his next gig
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1:23PM on 04/29/2011
Remember when this article was FILLED with Gerard Butler suggestions no matter what the role basically? I suspect that to happen on this one too.

HOWEVER - I say Jeffrey Dean Morgan if he could bulk up - which I suspect he could
Remember when this article was FILLED with Gerard Butler suggestions no matter what the role basically? I suspect that to happen on this one too.

HOWEVER - I say Jeffrey Dean Morgan if he could bulk up - which I suspect he could
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1:22PM on 04/29/2011

Joe Manganiello

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1:17PM on 04/29/2011
I think Eric Bana would be a great Hercules.

But for Ratners Herc I think they should get Zach Galifianakis. Especially with the picture above. Looks a bit like Super Ray from Bored to Death.
I think Eric Bana would be a great Hercules.

But for Ratners Herc I think they should get Zach Galifianakis. Especially with the picture above. Looks a bit like Super Ray from Bored to Death.
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1:15PM on 04/29/2011
Nathan Jones is perfect, although he might have to lose some muscle.
Nathan Jones is perfect, although he might have to lose some muscle.
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12:53PM on 04/29/2011
Hugh Jackman. He's fairly tall. Hes staying buff for all those possible Wolverine incarnations. And I think hercules is supposed to be a loud-mouthed party animal kinda guy and Hugh's got a big personality. He could handle the lighter side and the action.

They should just skip the solo movie though and go for Jason and the Argonauts. Its like the Avengers of Greek mythology. Hercules was an argonaut and so was Bellerpheron and Theseus to name a few.
Hugh Jackman. He's fairly tall. Hes staying buff for all those possible Wolverine incarnations. And I think hercules is supposed to be a loud-mouthed party animal kinda guy and Hugh's got a big personality. He could handle the lighter side and the action.

They should just skip the solo movie though and go for Jason and the Argonauts. Its like the Avengers of Greek mythology. Hercules was an argonaut and so was Bellerpheron and Theseus to name a few.
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12:25PM on 04/29/2011

Gerard Butler

'Nuff said.

Whether Marvel's Hercules or Ratner the Hack's Hercules. But moreso Marvel's.
'Nuff said.

Whether Marvel's Hercules or Ratner the Hack's Hercules. But moreso Marvel's.
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12:09PM on 04/29/2011

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ummmm, the Rock?
ummmm, the Rock?
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12:00PM on 04/29/2011

dont care

this movie just sounds like a bad idea, but if i ha to cast someone... Tom Welling
this movie just sounds like a bad idea, but if i ha to cast someone... Tom Welling
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