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redhairs99 7/21/2010 12:05:12 PM

Suprised that no one has mentioned Christopher Reeve as Superman.  Also thank god we were all spared the train wreck that would have been Nic Cage as Superman.

BTW, the Wachowski brothers were the producers for V for Vendetta, not the directors, which is probably why the movie was pretty watchable.  Matrix on the otherhand is okay until Neo flies off at the end.  Plus, I really get tired of hearing people talk about how original the film was.  It ripped off William Gibson's book Neuromancer.  That's were the whole idea of "a matrix" came from.  Aside from the effects, there was nothing original about The Matrix.

FerretJohn 7/21/2010 12:38:02 PM

I remember seeing the SNL clip mocking Nic Cage as Superman (or was it MadTV?  I forget).  Superman as a self-destructive, paranoid alcoholic in Leaving Metropolis.

And please stop with the Keanu hate!  It's unbelievably ridiculous that some people can't get stop seeing him typecast as a Southern California teen slacker.

ponyboy76 7/21/2010 12:44:49 PM

See, this what I mean! Its very cool to hate the Matrix. How many movies have taken ideas from other movies and made that idea their own? Quite a few, to say that because of this it wasn't innovative or an original concept is just bull. I'm not having this conversation again. Hate on the movie, by all means.

Hobbs 7/21/2010 1:38:08 PM

Chopsaki, Connery would have been interesting but I have to admit I'm happy he turned it down when he said he didn't get Lord Of The Rings.  Clearly he didn't have an imagination broad enough to understand fantasy as Sir Ian did.

Hobbs 7/21/2010 1:41:15 PM

I don't know if its cool to hate the Matrix...it went in a direction that was clearly not accepted by the majority of the fans but I don't think it sucked. 

I actually thought the movie ripped off Terminator...you know, man vs. the machine, etc,etc.  But as Pony said everyone takes ideas from other movies to make it their own.  Even Inception wasn't an original idea though it still rocked. 

redhairs99 7/21/2010 2:14:47 PM

I don't recall if it was hear on Mania or not, but I was having a conversation the other day and someone said The Matrix was such an original idea.  My point is simply that it was not.  The first film wasn't bad like I said.  I just thought the ending was stupid.  Now the sequels are another matter.  Those were just not thought out very well.

redhairs99 7/21/2010 2:18:21 PM

Back to the topic, I'm going old school with my next two picks for the list...way old school.

Shirley Temple was MGM's original choice for Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, but I just can't picture in the film.  Judy Garland was perfect for that movie.

Also, James Cagney was WB's original choice for Robin Hood in Adventures of Robin Hood in 1938.  "Yeah, see...Welcome to Sherwood Forest, you mugs."  That would have been TERRIBLE!  Thank goodness Captain Blood made Errol Flynn enough of a "name" star that he was able to take over the role when Cagney backed out.

DayDrumFour 7/21/2010 3:46:41 PM

Old school,  The WIZ...

Already a sucessful play in the 70's, film was set to star the same cast as the play.

Diana Ross lobbies to be cast as Dorothy (at 33) claiming she will lure Michael Jackson to the film.

She caused two cast changes. Or cost two people their jobs.

Them subway things....still have nightmares...

jppintar326 7/21/2010 4:13:04 PM

Why the Keanu hate?  A slacker surfer dude is all he could play.  Have you seen him in Bram Stoker's Dracula,  Much Ado About Nothing, or as a doctor in Something's Got To Give?  He was horribly miscast in all thre of those movies and he was miscast in The Matrix.  The Matrix was an overlong, overhyped, overrated film in which I could care less about the characters or their situations.  The sequels were actually better because I got unintentional laughs from them at times.

tholo 7/21/2010 4:42:55 PM

 Nathan Fillon as Han Solo or Indiana Jones, hahah 

He is so kewl!!! 

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