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March 27, 2007

Think hard. We're still at war. We need him alive.

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I was baffled when some at Agent Bedhead did not immediately grasp my dismay at the prospect of a remake of Escape from New York. It is probably a Y chromosome thing. Chris Nashwaty asks for Kurt Russell Snake Plissken's opinion (via the Jawas).

What if they asked you to do a cameo in the new Escape from New York, or play the Ernest Borgnine role?

F--- that! I am Snake Plissken! It's like Sean Connery always watching someone else do their version of Bond. I think one of the things, for instance, about Escape From New York that appealed to me was that it wasn't a special effects extravaganza. It's a quiet, dark world and it revolved around watching the behavior of this one guy. He's a fascinating character. In fact, he's the most complex character I've ever played.

I still want a Che Plissken T-shirt.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 27, 2007 07:14 AM

Comments

Why oh why does Hollywood have to remake everything? They may as well begin remaking everything that has ever been filmed, starting alphabetically. Wake me up when we get to "S" and I can see some jackass remake all the Star Wars movies.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 27, 2007 10:00 AM

Hollywood is going to keep re-making movies as long as people keep paying to see them. Unfortunately, I expect we are in for much more of this. It seems to me the problem is the reluctance so many have to watching "classic" films. Black and white, non-marquee of the minute stars and even slightly out-of-date special effects are all enough to put off the mob. So we end up with infuriating garbage using CGI with none of the genius of Ray Harryhausen. The worst part of this is the way Hollywood underestimates so much of its audience. Yes, there are the mouth-breathers who need spoiler-laden trailers before they will see a film but there are also legions of kids who would be just as amazed by those stop-motion skeletons as we were. The magic does not go away just because some video-game masquerading as a movie has better ray-tracing effects. Have we learned nothing from the Star Wars prequels? Sadly, no.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 27, 2007 10:37 AM

Ahh.. I think I have a rental for this weekend in mind.

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 27, 2007 11:00 AM

If they touch Remo Williams, I will be forced to take drastic action.

First, I will have to plan said drastic action...

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 27, 2007 01:04 PM

I guess this is a bad time to reveal I am going to be starring in a remake alongside Lindsay Lohan (we still have to decide who gets to play Kate Mulgrew's character).

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 27, 2007 01:42 PM

I have to watch the movie all the way through for once. Unfortunately, I have the attention span of lint.

Posted by: Andrea Harris [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 27, 2007 09:31 PM

Remo Williams.. pshaw.. My Doc Savage could whup your Remo any day..

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 28, 2007 09:07 PM

Its a great movie and lets hope they don't redo it and ruin it. Hollywood does remakes because they are cheaper than doing a new untrusted film.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 29, 2007 03:39 AM