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Was Mark Strong almost the villain in A Good Day to Die Hard?

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Mark Strong plays a really good bad guy. He has appeared in a ton of movies over the last few years including SHERLOCK HOLMES, JOHN CARTER, KICK ASS, and STARDUST. He has also played non-villains in TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, ZERO DARK THIRTY, and more, but he tends to focus on unlikeable characters. If you see his name in the credits, you are safe to assume he is going to be yelling at someone or shooting them a piercing glare. Strong automatically ups the quality of the movies he is featured in.

With that in mind, I don't know why the producers on A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD did not try every conceivable method to cast Strong as the bad guy. The movie was mediocre at best and that could have been flipped if they had an actor strong enough to follow in the footsteps of Alan Rickman or Jeremy Irons. Strong was recently interviewed by Getty Images Entertainment where he shared he was pursued for a role in one of the recent DIE HARD movies.

“The phone went… I picked it up, he said, ‘Hi, it’s Bruce… Bruce Willis!’ I didn’t believe it at first. I thought it was ridiculous. I wondered how he got my number for a start as I don’t know him. But we had a chat, he said he had a script that he wanted to make, that he liked, and Fox had a script they liked and they were trying to make the two things into one and he was interested in meeting me so would I be interested… so I said yeah. I told him to keep me up to date with it and then he called again and we had another chat about it but then it just got away from us and dates didn’t work and I’d committed to something else… so I couldn’t do it… but it’s an iconic role isn’t it, the villain in a Die Hard movie?”

Talk about a let down. Strong may not have been able to do much in terms of the shitty screenplay for the recent DIE HARD movies, but he could have turned in a stellar, over the top performance, that would have at least injected a little life into the franchise. Strong indicated he would be open to playing a villain in the inevitable sequel to A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD.

You hear that, Willis? Call him again!

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10:30PM on 03/06/2013
Maybe they thought that would be too many bald dudes. But seriously, he'd be a good villain for the next die hard movie, and hopefully it has a better script.
Maybe they thought that would be too many bald dudes. But seriously, he'd be a good villain for the next die hard movie, and hopefully it has a better script.
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9:08PM on 03/06/2013
A Good Day to Die Hard had no memorable villains whatsoever. I'm pretty sure Mark Strong would've improved that situation, but the script and direction was still a complete mess, so I'm glad he turned it down.
A Good Day to Die Hard had no memorable villains whatsoever. I'm pretty sure Mark Strong would've improved that situation, but the script and direction was still a complete mess, so I'm glad he turned it down.
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7:29PM on 03/06/2013

This statement seems very telling

I wish, he would have been much better as the bad guy, but did anyone else notice that it seems he let it out that this was 2 different scripts that they meshed together to make a Die Hard movie? That explains why it was so shitty to begin with, trying to shoehorn scripts into some kind of Die Hard film is not the way to go with these, no wonder this movie was such a huge letdown...
I wish, he would have been much better as the bad guy, but did anyone else notice that it seems he let it out that this was 2 different scripts that they meshed together to make a Die Hard movie? That explains why it was so shitty to begin with, trying to shoehorn scripts into some kind of Die Hard film is not the way to go with these, no wonder this movie was such a huge letdown...
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2:57AM on 03/07/2013
I understand where you're coming from, but this certainly wouldn't be the first time multiple scripts were merged together to make a Die Hard film. Die Hard with a Vengeance, for example, was originally a script called Simon Says, which was subsequently retooled into a Die Hard film. I think the ultimate problem was that a sub-par final script was given the thumbs up and rushed into production.
I understand where you're coming from, but this certainly wouldn't be the first time multiple scripts were merged together to make a Die Hard film. Die Hard with a Vengeance, for example, was originally a script called Simon Says, which was subsequently retooled into a Die Hard film. I think the ultimate problem was that a sub-par final script was given the thumbs up and rushed into production.
2:04PM on 03/06/2013

Mark Strong = this generation's Alan Rickman

Strong would have created a villain character that could have gone toe-to-toe with Hans Gruber, if they'd let him. But, from what I understand, there were a lot more problems with that movie that he might not have been able to overcome. Nevertheless, Mark Strong's one of my favourite actors working right now. He definitely makes any movie better, just from his sheer presence, And yes, he did outshine both Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe in Body of Lies.
Strong would have created a villain character that could have gone toe-to-toe with Hans Gruber, if they'd let him. But, from what I understand, there were a lot more problems with that movie that he might not have been able to overcome. Nevertheless, Mark Strong's one of my favourite actors working right now. He definitely makes any movie better, just from his sheer presence, And yes, he did outshine both Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe in Body of Lies.
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9:28PM on 03/06/2013
He can still go toe to toe with Hans Gruber if he is the villain in the next Die Hard film. But again it all depends on who they get as a writer.
He can still go toe to toe with Hans Gruber if he is the villain in the next Die Hard film. But again it all depends on who they get as a writer.
1:55PM on 03/06/2013
For the next Die Hard film they should all cast Mark Strong, Hugo Weaving, and Ralph Fiennes to all be the villains.

Go out with a bang.
For the next Die Hard film they should all cast Mark Strong, Hugo Weaving, and Ralph Fiennes to all be the villains.

Go out with a bang.
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11:23AM on 03/06/2013
Mark Strong is the villain in everything so this would have been a decent upgrade. However, the script and story still sucked so not much would have been salvaged.
Mark Strong is the villain in everything so this would have been a decent upgrade. However, the script and story still sucked so not much would have been salvaged.
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11:07AM on 03/06/2013
Mark Strong kicks arse (in terms of acting) in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Yeah, Bruce, call him again! And this time, bring better script!
Mark Strong kicks arse (in terms of acting) in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Yeah, Bruce, call him again! And this time, bring better script!
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11:01AM on 03/06/2013
Phew...I respect Mark too much to have him subjected to that shit. Fate worked for him this time. He couldn't have possibly saved the movie given that script and direction.
Phew...I respect Mark too much to have him subjected to that shit. Fate worked for him this time. He couldn't have possibly saved the movie given that script and direction.
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11:00AM on 03/06/2013
Also I feel he way too underrated, see his performance in Body of Lies. He outperforms Leo and Russell in that one.
Also I feel he way too underrated, see his performance in Body of Lies. He outperforms Leo and Russell in that one.
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11:02AM on 03/06/2013
He should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in that movie.
He should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in that movie.
10:35PM on 03/06/2013
Totally agree, watching Mark in Body of Lies was a blast!
Totally agree, watching Mark in Body of Lies was a blast!
10:58AM on 03/06/2013
Lucky he got off the train before it got wrecked.....
Lucky he got off the train before it got wrecked.....
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