Moviepilot.com decided to post ANOTHER contest, and once again, in my bid for fabulous prizes and worldwide recognition, I have decided to enter it!
We'd like you to re-cast an existing (or future release with a confirmed cast) movie, TV series or game. As always, you are encouraged to be as creative as possible and really think outside the conventional norms of casting.
I have decided on that 1987 classic, The Running Man, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger! Now, I hope to Odin that this remake will never be made, but if it does, I can get a jump on the competition! What does our home audience say to that?
There is only one person in Hollywood that represents what Arnold had in the 1980's: Presence, pure charisma, humor and action star skills.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Originally played by beloved Family Feud host Richard Dawson (who won the Oscar for this role), this represented something totally different for Dawson. I wanted somebody people recognized as a TV host, beloved by all. This role would also be a way to show a different, completely opposite role -- just a bloodthirsty opportunist. WHO LOVES YOU AND WHO DO YOU LOVE?
Now, I don't know if the original script called for a hispanic woman who talks too much and is slightly annoying. But the woman they did choose has the greatest name known to man: Maria Conchita Alonso. She's also thoroughly unconvincing as a commando. I didn't buy the original romantic pairing (seeing as how he kidnapped her and got her thrown in a deadly game), but perhaps as a father/daughter dynamic and protector role. I was thinking of Amber and her modern look-a-like, but somebody who wouldn't be as annoying, had acting ability, and who I think is cuter and hotter than all hell.
The always great and meaty Yaphet Kotto. Now, I barely know nothing of his career outside of Running Man and Homicide. But he is an unlikely choice. I wanted somebody who may not be Johnson's physical equal (or even beat him in a fight), but somebody who could hold their own in an intellectual conversation AND a fight, look like a good teacher and like they would start a brainy/armed rebellion against a powerful government. I got it. Or, I've been watching too much Flash.
Jessie L. Martin
The computer geek. The smart guy. Well, I picked the one guy in modern TV who looks like he could be Weiss' son. You should watch him in NCIS: LA!
Now, it's time for the Network Stalkers! Government-approved assassins who work for a game show/gladiatorial combat! In the original movie, these guys were made up of wrestlers, weightlifters, football players, etc. I wanted to choose guys who may have been well-known in their athletic fields, but also ones who are recognized as powerful athletes despite being actors.
Love this guy. For his new incarnation, I wanted somebody who can embody what Captain Freedom wants to stand for, but not as cheesy-looking as Jessie "The Body" Ventura. I know exactly jack about wrestling, but looking at this guy, it's what I want in this role.
"Professor" Sub-Zero is quite unusual: a large Asian man who plays hockey. Obviously, the makers of this original film wanted somebody who cut an unusual swath through Hollywood and looks completely different than everybody else. My Sub-Zero doesn't necessarily have to play hockey or even be Asian. This was a tough one! You want unusual? How about a female MMA fighter/badass/actor? This is 2015, after all...
I was looking forward to this one. This role needs somebody who can go toe-to-toe with either Schwarzenegger or Dwayne Johnson.
MMA Fighter Chuck Liddell
Dynamo is not like his other stalkers. He's not physically intimidating, muscular, or even has a special fighting ability. So I figured Dynamo would take a joy in killing people for a living, just a psychopath who enjoys his job too much. He's a pure psycho killer who is not physically powerful. Oh, and a rapist. So, the network gave him a suit that conducts electricity. I needed somebody who embodies this particular type of role. Primarily a comedian, just watch his dramatic chops in Wolf of Wall Street.
Played by ex-NFL player Jim Brown, Fireball has a flamethrower but seems to be more intelligent (probably just he talks more) and is "in" on the conspiracy. Watch my actor in roles like Expendables 3 or Gamer. He's also very intimidating-looking and he talks well.
Mik and Stevie
This was the most fun. Mik Fleetwood, heavily in old-man makeup (he looks oddly similar today, but without makeup) plays the leader of the rebellion--an ex rock star who laments what happens to his musician friends. And Dweezil Zappa plays a really young soldier. For my choices, I just think the Foo Fighters singer would look different in old-man makeup (and is a similar choice to where Mik was in 1987) and I only chose Taylor Swift because of the mention of her in the contest article. That, and I wish Shake it Off wasn't so catchy.
And no more Solid Gold Dancers, okay?
Maybe something like this?
What do you think?