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If Jason Statham wasn't in Crank, who might have been Chev Chelios?

Sep. 14, 2011by: Dave Davis

Aside from the breakneck directing style, Jason Statham was a huge part of what made CRANK such a delirious dose of murderous inertia. But what if daredevil filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor wound up with a different actor blasting full-tilt through Los Angeles?

Today on their twitter feed, they revealed some of the other possibilities for kinetic hitman Chev Chelios:

guys who were almost chelios: chris rock, matt dillon, johnny knoxville, seann william scott, robert downey jr., andy serkis

but out of our league: tom cruise, nicolas cage

Now, any one of those actors would have made a radically different result, some more intriguing than others. And while Statham acquitted himself better than anyone could imagine, Andy Serkis' physical talents would have surely provided some inspired lunacy...

Which of those "What If?" versions would you love to see?
Extra Tidbit: Cage is obviously no longer out of their league -- Neveldine/Taylor directed him in GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE, arriving in February.

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9:51PM on 09/18/2011
Sean William Scott needs a role like this - the guy is great but relegated to shit like "Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach" (which is actually really funny if you are high)
Sean William Scott needs a role like this - the guy is great but relegated to shit like "Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach" (which is actually really funny if you are high)
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10:57AM on 09/15/2011
CHRIS ROCK?! Like the comedian? Johnny Knoxville?! HUGE What The Fuck moment. But would have loved to see Downey's take. lol
CHRIS ROCK?! Like the comedian? Johnny Knoxville?! HUGE What The Fuck moment. But would have loved to see Downey's take. lol
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9:42AM on 09/15/2011
Johnny Knoxville would have been most awesome.
Johnny Knoxville would have been most awesome.
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7:19AM on 09/15/2011
Chris rock...but only if he still bangs amy smart in the film.
Chris rock...but only if he still bangs amy smart in the film.
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5:55AM on 09/15/2011
Wilford Brimley!
Chev Chelios has had his blood sugar levels fucked with and has to take regular insulin shots while racing against time to track down the man responsible. Oh, and he gets to bang Amy Smart, into the bargain!
Wilford Brimley!
Chev Chelios has had his blood sugar levels fucked with and has to take regular insulin shots while racing against time to track down the man responsible. Oh, and he gets to bang Amy Smart, into the bargain!
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4:04AM on 09/15/2011

Hands down . . .

. . . Don Knotts.
. . . Don Knotts.
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2:52AM on 09/15/2011
the only one that doesn't make any since is Chris Rock, but who knows.
the only one that doesn't make any since is Chris Rock, but who knows.
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2:45AM on 09/15/2011

Seann William Scott

nobody else can hit a home run with zero character development.
nobody else can hit a home run with zero character development.
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12:46AM on 09/15/2011

Ye ye ye

I love Neveldine/Taylor. Probably the only reason why GR2 could actually be okay.

Judging by the trailer, they might take a not-so-serious tongue-in-cheek approach. Something they can provide and something the first one sorely lacked.
I love Neveldine/Taylor. Probably the only reason why GR2 could actually be okay.

Judging by the trailer, they might take a not-so-serious tongue-in-cheek approach. Something they can provide and something the first one sorely lacked.
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11:57PM on 09/14/2011

Caption This!

"Chev disapproves of the D.E.N.N.I.S. system."
"Chev disapproves of the D.E.N.N.I.S. system."
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11:45PM on 09/14/2011

There is no way that...

There's no way in hell Robert Downey, Jr. or Chris Rock would have agreed to do it. Would have been interesting to see regardless...
There's no way in hell Robert Downey, Jr. or Chris Rock would have agreed to do it. Would have been interesting to see regardless...
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7:25PM on 09/15/2011
The same year Crank came out Robert Downey Jr. could be seen in 'The Shaggy Dog' with Tim Allen.
The same year Crank came out Robert Downey Jr. could be seen in 'The Shaggy Dog' with Tim Allen.
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11:39PM on 09/14/2011

Marc Singer

Marc Singer
Marc Singer
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10:51PM on 09/14/2011
Who gives a crap? Both movies would still suck no matter who was in it. Jason at least gave them a chance.
Who gives a crap? Both movies would still suck no matter who was in it. Jason at least gave them a chance.
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10:41PM on 09/14/2011

ooool wow!

I'd say Sean William Scott had the combination of youth and zaniness, but if he were 10 years younger I just feel Matt Dillion all hopped up on REd Bull would've been very intriguing...
I'd say Sean William Scott had the combination of youth and zaniness, but if he were 10 years younger I just feel Matt Dillion all hopped up on REd Bull would've been very intriguing...
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10:28PM on 09/14/2011
Tom Cruise would have rocked that shit! He looooooooooves to run in movies!! :)
Tom Cruise would have rocked that shit! He looooooooooves to run in movies!! :)
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2:54AM on 09/15/2011
no doubt! There's even a video online that puts together clips of all the movies he runs in. There's a lot!
no doubt! There's even a video online that puts together clips of all the movies he runs in. There's a lot!
10:09PM on 09/14/2011
As terrible as it might have been, I'm cracking up at the thought of Chris Rock as Chev Chelios
As terrible as it might have been, I'm cracking up at the thought of Chris Rock as Chev Chelios
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9:36PM on 09/14/2011
Some bad choices up there, but Seann William Scott could have been cool.
Some bad choices up there, but Seann William Scott could have been cool.
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9:35PM on 09/14/2011
No no no. Definitely no. Thank god Statham did it
No no no. Definitely no. Thank god Statham did it
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9:30PM on 09/14/2011
so Nicolas Cage was out of their league but Robert Downey Jr. wasn't?

EDIT: lol didn't see the tidbit. My bad
so Nicolas Cage was out of their league but Robert Downey Jr. wasn't?

EDIT: lol didn't see the tidbit. My bad
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9:38PM on 09/14/2011
Crank was in 2006, Iron Man was in 2008. I would say that Robert Downey Jr was not out of their league
Crank was in 2006, Iron Man was in 2008. I would say that Robert Downey Jr was not out of their league
9:29PM on 09/14/2011
Knoxville for sure
Knoxville for sure
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