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Marsden gets his due

04.23.2009

For all of us who've appreciated the work of criminally underused actor James Marsden, your patience has paid off. After paying his dues in shit roles in 27 DRESSES and SUPERMAN RETURNS, Marsden is finally getting the lead role in an upcoming dramatic film. Marsden has been cast as the lead in Rod Lurie's upcoming remake of STRAW DOGS where he will take over the Dustin Hoffman role. Instead of being set in England (like the 1971 original), this version will have the David Sumner character traveling to the south with his wife (and he's no longer a mathematician but a Hollywood screenwriter).

The film should be a welcome stretch for Marsden who'll be able to show off the chops that have shined through in movies like ENCHANTED and HAIRSPRAY (though on an entirely different level). The film is set up at Screen Gems, which fills me with fear that the project will be repackaged as a LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT type thriller. Filming on STRAW DOGS is expected to begin this August.

Extra Tidbit: No matter what they do, they'll never match the awesomeness of the original film's poster.
Source: THR

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8:00PM on 04/24/2009

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Good to see Marsden getting a shot at a really meaty role. A fine actor. Great bod. Hope he has a scene wearing a speedo...or less.
Good to see Marsden getting a shot at a really meaty role. A fine actor. Great bod. Hope he has a scene wearing a speedo...or less.
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8:28PM on 04/23/2009
okay i utterly hate remakes and i love the original, but for some reason i'm not hating this idea.

plus Marsden is so amazingly adorable.
okay i utterly hate remakes and i love the original, but for some reason i'm not hating this idea.

plus Marsden is so amazingly adorable.
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8:21PM on 04/23/2009

Marsden is Good

i thought he was definitely the best thing in sex drive, straw dogs is a classic though it's not a mole i think a lot people have seen, so remaking this movie with marsden seems good
i thought he was definitely the best thing in sex drive, straw dogs is a classic though it's not a mole i think a lot people have seen, so remaking this movie with marsden seems good
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7:04PM on 04/23/2009

oh god

What i'm really looking forward to is the remake of the remake of the remake. That one might be alright. Eventually there'll only be one movie, and they'll just keep going over it and over it and over it and... There's just not enough originality left anymore??? Why not? Everything's either a comic book thing or a remake nowadays. What a drag. There were plenty of BAD movies they could try again. Why redo one that was actually pretty good? Leave the classics alone!
What i'm really looking forward to is the remake of the remake of the remake. That one might be alright. Eventually there'll only be one movie, and they'll just keep going over it and over it and over it and... There's just not enough originality left anymore??? Why not? Everything's either a comic book thing or a remake nowadays. What a drag. There were plenty of BAD movies they could try again. Why redo one that was actually pretty good? Leave the classics alone!
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6:06PM on 04/23/2009
Rod Lurie is a former film critics, and the movies he's made so far arent great, but they are quality films nonetheless, so I trust him.
Rod Lurie is a former film critics, and the movies he's made so far arent great, but they are quality films nonetheless, so I trust him.
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3:51PM on 04/23/2009
No matter what they do, they'll never match the awesomeness of the original film.
No matter what they do, they'll never match the awesomeness of the original film.
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2:36PM on 04/23/2009
terrible casting.
christian slater wasnt available?
cant wait to find out how much are they paying me to watch it.
terrible casting.
christian slater wasnt available?
cant wait to find out how much are they paying me to watch it.
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1:37PM on 04/23/2009
This is bad news and just made this a bad day.
Love Marsden but come on....leave this film alone. it's priceless.
This is bad news and just made this a bad day.
Love Marsden but come on....leave this film alone. it's priceless.
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1:36PM on 04/23/2009
Me and my friends always talk about James Marsden's shitty characters and how he is literally getting chicks stolen from him left and right. He lets the smokin Jean Grey run off with Wolverine, he loses the scrumptious Rachel McAdams in the notebook and then he gets Lois Lane and his son stolen from him in Superman!

Throw the mother fucker a bone!
Me and my friends always talk about James Marsden's shitty characters and how he is literally getting chicks stolen from him left and right. He lets the smokin Jean Grey run off with Wolverine, he loses the scrumptious Rachel McAdams in the notebook and then he gets Lois Lane and his son stolen from him in Superman!

Throw the mother fucker a bone!
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1:03PM on 04/23/2009
Damn he was Hill Air E-Us in Sex Drive!
Drama tho...Eh.
Damn he was Hill Air E-Us in Sex Drive!
Drama tho...Eh.
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12:38PM on 04/23/2009
Very glad to hear that Marsden is getting a proper role for once.

Oddly enough I don't feel Straw Dogs is beyond a remake. It's the kind of movie that now more than ever seems relevant. Of course if they did this style of script without the title Straw Dogs we would all call it a rip off. so I understand the need to use the Straw Dogs title.

The south just feels a little obvious (not to insult those from the South, but as those below me said,) Rape and Thugs are the kinds of things we see
Very glad to hear that Marsden is getting a proper role for once.

Oddly enough I don't feel Straw Dogs is beyond a remake. It's the kind of movie that now more than ever seems relevant. Of course if they did this style of script without the title Straw Dogs we would all call it a rip off. so I understand the need to use the Straw Dogs title.

The south just feels a little obvious (not to insult those from the South, but as those below me said,) Rape and Thugs are the kinds of things we see in Straw Dogs so hopefully whatever they do they at least don't rely too heavily on prejudice stereotypes. Straw Dogs is a smart film that was mostly an atmosphere film. Not a horror film.

Anyway, here's hoping Marsden doesn't get squashed by the weight of a remake of an important film.
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10:43AM on 04/23/2009

Wonderful...

Why is this film even being remade? Why are they changing locale? Didn't Hoffman's character being American add another dynamic to the story?

Of course it's going to take place in the south. That's all we do down here. Good grief. We do like to venture off into other facets, people. I mean, we're one of the most meth-lab heavy regions you'll ever find. *lmao*

Screw this. I'm have a taste for fried chicken and kidnapping. Later! :)
Why is this film even being remade? Why are they changing locale? Didn't Hoffman's character being American add another dynamic to the story?

Of course it's going to take place in the south. That's all we do down here. Good grief. We do like to venture off into other facets, people. I mean, we're one of the most meth-lab heavy regions you'll ever find. *lmao*

Screw this. I'm have a taste for fried chicken and kidnapping. Later! :)
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9:55AM on 04/23/2009
"And as a southerner I really hope they don't try to make us all out to be a bunch or rapists and thugs."

No, they would never do that in a movie...oh, wait.

I enjoy JM's work a whole lot too, but I'm also a little dubious about the perceived need to remake something like "Straw Dogs". Good luck to him at any rate, he surely deserves the chance.
"And as a southerner I really hope they don't try to make us all out to be a bunch or rapists and thugs."

No, they would never do that in a movie...oh, wait.

I enjoy JM's work a whole lot too, but I'm also a little dubious about the perceived need to remake something like "Straw Dogs". Good luck to him at any rate, he surely deserves the chance.
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9:40AM on 04/23/2009
Okay, here's the thing. I like James Marsden a lot. Rod Lurie's not bad either. But it's frickin' "Straw Dogs," which shouldn't be remade.

And as a southerner I really hope they don't try to make us all out to be a bunch or rapists and thugs.
Okay, here's the thing. I like James Marsden a lot. Rod Lurie's not bad either. But it's frickin' "Straw Dogs," which shouldn't be remade.

And as a southerner I really hope they don't try to make us all out to be a bunch or rapists and thugs.
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