Brad Pitt's first leading role was cooler than everybody thinks. Long before he became of the most promising young talents of his generation after starring in David Fincher's breathtaking Se7ven, Pitt struggled to find a place in Hollywood's industry. He previously had minor roles and appearances but his big opportunity arrived in 1992 under Ralph Bakshi's direction in Cool World. What's more, Pitt was going to work alongside one of the sexiest Hollywood stars of the 90's (and possibly in the history of cinema): Kim Basinger.
The movie suffered poor critical reception. The plot, in all honesty, is not anything out of this world and the characters are plain, simple and disposable. Still, the movie is enjoyable at certain levels. Personally, I believe that Cool World was ahead of its time. Had the movie been released, let's say 4 or 5 years later, with a much more elaborated plot and interesting characters but keeping the same idea, the film might have been good. Or at least that's what I'd like to believe, maybe because Cool World is one of my favorite movies.
For that reason, in an age were Hollywood likes to remake movies again and again, Cool World would be an interesting pick to be remade and could be an exciting challenge for young many young Hollywood actors/actresses.
Andrew Garfield - Detective Frank Harris
Tired of Garfield yet? Did you hate him as Spider-Man? Well, I chose Garfield because of what he did as Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network. If there's one enjoyable thing about Marc Webb's failed Sipider-Man movies it is Garfield. The chemistry between him and Emma Stone on screen is something that Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst could not achieve, even though Sam Raimi's versions of the Wall-Crawler are far better. Garfield is the nerdy introverted type and he would do marvelously as Detective Frank Harris.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley - Holli Would
This is as close you can get to Basinger. When I first saw Rosie (acting?) in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, I begged each and every moment for Megatron or any other Decepticon to kill her. Her character was so painful to watch that I hope to never see her again in any film. Recently there's being an increasing tendency of models to become actresses just because they can but the outcome hasn't been quite good (did you hear that Gisele Bündchen?). That's why when I knew that George Miller had added her to Mad Max: Fury Road I almost lost my mind. How could she ever be working alongside such a talented and visionary filmmaker? Well, after watching her in Fury Road I had to swallow my words and complaints. Rosie did a good job as The Splendid Angharad and she would be perfect in the role of Holli. Besides, Holli Would, being a play on the rod 'Hollywood', embodies a lot of what the industry represents at times: an opportunity to make real what's been only dreamed about.
Tom Hiddleston - Jack Deebs
Tom Hiddleston is one Hollywod's most terrific actors. You remember him as Loki but it was his acting in The Deep Blue Sea that caught my attention. Gabriel Byrne's portrayal of ex-convict cartoonist Jack Deebs was disappointing, however Hiddleston would nail the role perfectly, I believe. For a man who killed his wife for cheating on him and who spent his ours in jail imagining and drawing the sexy Holli Would, Tom has all the full package - the voice, the presence, the acting skills. It would be interesting to see him as a tormented man driven by lust who only wants one thing in the world: to turn Holli Would into reality.
A Cool World remake would easily work as both criticism and satire of Hollywood. Filmmaker Ralph Bakshi unsuccessfully attempted to depict Hollywood's vices and excess, nevertheless the idea behind the film is intriguing. Have you seen Cool World? Would you like to do so? Check the trailer below and let me know your thoughts.