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Marvel Casting Is The Best!

It might seem like I write an awful lot about comic book films, but I don’t care. I just don’t care.

I recently stumbled upon a Marvel casting list that someone has graciously compiled on IMDb, and I was surprised and incredibly pleased by what I discovered.

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Chris Cooper

First off, Chris Cooper has recently been cast as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in The Amazing Spiderman 2. This is probably one of the best casting choices Marvel has ever made. For anyone who has witnessed the greatness of Chris Cooper, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, watch October Sky, The Bourne Identity, and American Beauty. And from what I’ve heard, his work in Adaptation is pretty remarkable too. He’s one of the finest actor’s in the business, pretty much the American version of Gary Oldman in my book.

Then there’s Chris Pratt cast as Peter Quill/Star-Lord. I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I mean, I’m not too enthusiastic about this film, being as that I know nothing about The Guardians of the Galaxy. I had never even heard of it until Marvel decided to make it into a film. But judging from what I’ve learned, Star-Lord seems to be the heroic leader-type and Chris Pratt really doesn’t come off as the type. I’ve only seen his work on Parks and Recreation and he’s a complete doofus on there. I’ve been wrong before but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see with this one. I am saddened however that Jason Momoa turned down the role of Drax the Destroyer. He would’ve been great in the part. Oh well.

Can Paul be believable as Rhino?

Can Paul be believable as Rhino?

Finally, my favorite and probably the oddest casting choice, Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino in The Amazing Spiderman 2. I have no idea what to say about this one except that I can’t wait to see what he does with it. Ya know, when I think of Rhino, Paul Giamatti never appears on the list of actors I would cast. Honestly, I don’t think I would put Rhino in a Spiderman movie. He’s not one of my favorite characters. I would probably choose The Vulture or Mysterio before I put Rhino in the movie, but I like what Marc Webb did with the first film and Giamatti is one of my all-time favorite actors, so I will definitely give this one a chance.

Oh, and I can’t forget Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed and Zachary Levi as Fandral in Thor: The Dark World. I like the idea of Eccleston (My first Doctor) as a bad guy and after watching Chuck after he “learned Kung Fu,” I think he can pull off Fandral decently well. I’m picturing a live-action Flynn Rider from Tangled but with more sword training. Yeah, that’s gonna happen.

What Marvel casting choices are you excited about? Bothered by? Wanting to happen?

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Seven Psychopaths (or I’ll watch anything with Tom Waits in it)

Don’t let the title of my article fool you, I don’t think that Seven Psychopaths is going to be horrible or anything. I actually think it’s going to be quite amazing. I mean, it couldn’t have a more incredible cast.

I stumbled upon this gem as I was searching through the Coming Soon trailers on my IMDB app. The only thing I saw at first glance were the names Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken. Honestly, the studio could’ve just put Walken’s name and I would’ve been sold on this film. Oh, and it’s written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the guy who wrote and directed In Bruges. That should be enough for you, right? WRONG! They decided to add more awesomeness to it with Farrell and Rockwell. And they weren’t done yet. After I started watching the trailer, I noticed Woody Harrelson is in it as an offbeat gangster who’s dog has been stolen by Rockwell’s character. Seriously, this movie had already become one of my favorites, and I hadn’t even seen it yet. The trailer hadn’t even ended, but I was totally amped for this film. And that’s when they got me. That’s when they pulled the ace from their sleeves.

If this doesn’t get you to go see this movie, I don’t know what will. (image source: tomwaits.com)

Tom Motherflippin’ Waits is in this film.

Yes, you heard me right. Tom Motherflippin’ Waits. [Editor’s note: I don’t think that’s actually his middle name. Just a guess on my part. Hold on a sec and I’ll Google it…..nope, it’s Alan. I was wrong. Motherflippin’ sounds better though.]

That right there was the clincher. I was done. SOLD. This movie had my vote for movie of the year. As if the cast wasn’t already solid enough get me to go see it, the addition of Tom Waits just built a freakin’ adamantium box around it. Now that’s solid. [Editor’s note: Adamantium is like, the strongest metal in the Marvel Universe, for those of you who didn’t know.] And, “Why” you might ask, “does Tom Waits make this film so much better than it already was?” I can only respond by saying, “Have you seen or heard his work?!” The man is a freakin’ genius, whether it be music or film or just being awesome.

 

I’ll give you an example:

There’s also this:

[Editor’s note: This is the best clip or collection of clips that I could find on Youtube.]

Now you see why he makes the film so much better?

But I digress…I have strayed from the topic at hand: Seven Psychopaths. Here’s a synopsis of the film from Wikipedia:

“Marty (Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, “Seven Psychopaths”. Billy (Rockwell) is Marty’s best friend, an unemployed actor and part time dog thief, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary. All he needs is a little focus and inspiration.

Hans (Walken) is Billy’s partner in crime: a religious man with a violent past. Charlie (Harrelson) is the psychotic gangster whose beloved dog Billy and Hans have just stolen. Charlie is unpredictable and extremely violent and wouldn’t think twice about killing anyone or anything associated with the theft. Marty is going to get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale.”

Sounds like a winner to me. There’s no way this film cannot be great. It’s definitely one I’ll be sure to see in theaters and own when it comes to Blu-ray.

So what do you think of the film? Let me know in the comments.

 

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