Everyone loves Daniel Radcliffe. Ever since the actor first stole our hearts as the young Harry Potter, we've gotten to (literally) watch him grow up on screen. But now that he's older and more mature, with his Harry Potter days likely behind him, he's begun to branch out, and he's got the acting chops to play just about any character he tries. If you want proof, check out Radcliffe's role as Walter Mabry, the young tech mogul in Now You See Me 2, or for a great non-verbal demonstration of Radcliffe's acting prowess, see the film Swiss Army Man.
But even celebrities like Daniel Radcliffe have a human inside them someplace. Radcliffe recently sat down with interviewers over at Oh My Disney to talk about his dream role in a Disney film. Turns out, he's as much into the Disney live-action reboots as his Harry Potter costar, Emma Watson, who will be portraying the protagonist Belle in Disney's upcoming remake of the classic Beauty and the Beast. Radcliffe admitted that he does indeed want to appear in a live-action Disney reboot, but not in the type of role you're thinking. He told interviewers that he'd love to appear as the voice of either Pain or Panic, the two nitwitted minions of Hades in Disney's animated Hercules.
When asked if there was a specific actor he'd like to team up with to play the airheaded duo, Radcliffe admitted he hadn't thought that far ahead, although when the name of Elijah Wood was suggested, Radcliffe immediately gravitated towards the idea, calling a team-up with Wood "a good fit".
Now, for the record, Disney has yet to announce any plans to create a live-action reboot of Hercules, but that doesn't necessarily exclude it from happening. After all, Disney seems to be focusing on their live-action adaptions lately, including the recently-announced Lion King reboot.
But, let's say Disney does indeed decide to put a live-action Hercules in their lineup. Who could play the major characters? Let's look at some options!
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Hercules - Lucas Till
No movie is any better than its hero, and who better to portray a demigod chick magnet with biceps bigger than your head than the X-Men franchise's own Havok? Lucas Till is an outstanding actor, and I think he'd make a great Hercules. He's got down-to-earth charm, but he's not afraid to put his bulging biceps to work smashing villains either.
Megara - Mila Kunis
"I'm a damsel, I'm in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day." I had a difficult time trying to come up with an actress that could capture Megara's snarkiness, but one of my friends suggested Mila Kunis and I thought, "Why didn't I think of that?" If any actress in Hollywood could pull off that quintessential Meg bravado, but also demonstrate her sensitive side as well, I feel like it's Mila Kunis.
Zeus - Neal McDonough
Yup, Damian Darhk just became the King of Olympus. You're welcome. It's clear that Neal McDonough as Zeus is a thing that needs to happen. His characterization of Howling Commando Dum-Dum Dugan in the Captain America films, as well as on the ill-fated Netflix series, Agent Carter, proves that he can rock the facial hair, while his role as the Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow villain Damian Darhk demonstrates that he also can be a commanding presence without actually getting his hands dirty.
Philoctetes - Danny DeVito
The best phrase to describe Phil is probably something along the lines of "gleefully unprincipled", and nobody can portray "gleefully unprincipled" quite like Danny DeVito. Don't believe me? Go rewatch Batman Returns, and, yes, I do mean the Batman movie that was halfway decent compared to the catastrophe that was Batman and Robin. Seriously, Danny Devito is a natural at playing characters known for their hedonistic tendencies, and Philoctetes basically personifies hedonism.
Hades - James Woods
Some things just can't be improved. James Woods's portrayal of Hades, Lord of the Underworld, is one of these things. The sleazy, wisecracking, minion-roasting villain wouldn't be nearly as entertaining without Woods's fiery characterization. During recordings for the original film, Woods was given a lot of leeway when it came to deciding how to portray the character, and his "used car salesman" approach has come to define the character as we know and love him today.
Check out some of Hades' finest moments below!
Regardless of whether or not Daniel Radcliffe gets his wish and portrays one of Hades' minions in a live-action adaption of Hercules, I seriously want this movie to happen, and if it doesn't I may just write a nasty letter to Disney. But hey, if the live-action version turns out to be a flop, we've always got the animated classic to fall back on!
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