The character was originally played by Robert Englund in 7 movies and one TV show before the 2010 reboot, in which Jackie Earle Haley took over. As fine an actor as Rorschach…I mean Haley is, Robert Englund had made the role his to the point few imagined it without him.
Originally there was this guy called Lou Ferrigno that they painted green for The Incredible Hulk, then CGI took over. Both the 2003 Ang Lee version and the 2008 Louis Leterrier provided a more faithful depiction of the comic book character, Eric Bana and Edward Norton having little to do with the computer generated superhero.
Richard Roundtree made this character more than blaxploitaition, he made him iconic. Come 2000, it seemed only logical that Samuel L. Jackson could fill those shoes. The result was a mediocre movie that probably stands as a low point on Christian Bale’s career.
Stanley Kubrick made a lot of good movies, and his Lolita with, then 16 year old, Sue Lyon is no exception. More of an adaptation than Kubrick’s version, Adrian Lyne’s Lolita had an equally strong cast with, then 17 year old, Dominique Swain as the titular character. Both renditions were strong, to the point that both actresses’ careers never topped them(though Swain still has the time to do so).
Though briefly portrayed by Roger Moore (he would be credited under an alias), and on one occasion by Alan Arkin, who is a strong actor, but failed miserably in the role, Inspector Jacques Clouseau is Peter Seller and vice versa. I for one can’t imagine the character without him, though 2006 saw Steve Martin as the clueless frenchman.
Dolph Lundgren stepped in as Frank Castle in 1989, and although he had the look and physicality for the part, the movie was just another ’80s action flick. Come 2004 Thomas Jane tried it and found out it fit quite well, though the studios figured somehow the decent action movie was not as close as possible to the comic book and went with a reboot and Ray Stevenson in the part.
James T. Kirk
I doubt there’s anyone thinking of anyone else than William Shatner when they hear the name. Actually I’m willing to bet that the first scene that comes to mind of those that do think about Captain Kirk is that of him uttering with rage “Khaaaaaan!!!”. 2009 saw Chris Pine step into Tiberius’ shoes in a true reboot (we’re talking history rewritten here).
Adam West was Batman for a long time, along with the camp that came with it (and some late appearance featuring a new found trait – the paunch). Then Tim Burton came and brought the character back with his unique goth visual style. Michael Keaton was decent as the millionaire playboy by day, masked crimefighter by night. Then Val Kilmer stepped in, as Joel Schumacher felt we needed a blonde Batman. What followed barely deserves mention, with George Clooney donning a nippled Batsuit. It took a talented director and equally talented actor to bring the bat back from the dead. Christian Bale made the Dark Knight dark again under the helm of Christopher Nolan.
It’s hard not to mention Bond on this list. There’s been many talks about the definitive 007, but each has his own merits. Sean Connery was equal parts suave, physical and funny as the secret agent. Roger Moore brought more humor to the spy, why Timothy Dalton oozed style. George Lazenby was more of an action man, and Pierce Brosnan was a more faded version of the previous combined. In 2006 we made the step to James Blonde with Daniel Craig filling it with added physicality, and less suave, more brutal.
Considering there’s a sleuth of planned remakes or reboots, as the upcoming Spiderman featuring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, this list will likely become extremely outdated extremely fast.
Posted on November 20th, 2010 by MrWiseguy
Filed under: Movies