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Scott Speedman may be villain in DIE HARD 4

By Karl Schneider     June 02, 2006


Scott Speedman with his award at the 30th Annual Saturn Awards copyright Sue Schneider
© 2004 Sue Schneider
Scooper 'Sandwich Artist' dropped me a line with the following story. Most of the news has been reported, but he had some interesting casting news to send along toward the end.

A little bit more on "Die Hard 4" (as it's being called now) - which I see you mentioned....

TWO YEARS AGO.....

I auditioned for a role in the film two years ago. At that stage, it was a totally different film. Basically, it had John McClane and his daughter fighting off terrorists. Jessica Simpson was there the day I was there - I'd heard later - she was auditioning for the role of the daughter. The film was going to be directed by John McTiernan.

I had about three lines - or three to 'read' - that was essentially a bored male receptionist who gets 'slapped' on the head by McClane, for not being in a hurry to evacuate a building. My character decides to take 'some calls' first, and signals McClane 'just to wait'.

Anyway, nothing ever came of it. The film was shelved. Script problems, apparently.

YESTERDAY.....

Anyway, auditions are coming up again - I just found out yesterday evening there's several roles they're casting. Haven't seen the break-downs yet, but apparently that character and most of the others, are no longer in it. It's a totally different beast. The new director is Len Wiseman. I believe McTiernan is still producing the film. They're talking September shoot.

My agent said that they're casting for a main villain at the moment, the leader of a cyber terrorist unit, and she believes they've gone out to Scott Speedman. The wife character is in the script, as is the news reporter from the first two films. The connection to the first film is the character Theo, the computer expert who worked for Hans Gruber, apparently.

Anyway, If I get an audition - -- -and I hope I do, I'll let you know the latest.

So there you have it!

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palmtree 6/2/2006 10:28:04 AM
Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of men like the image of...Scott Speedman. Almost as scary as Paul Bettany in Firewall.
muchdrama1 6/2/2006 12:24:15 PM
How about Jason Isaacs? I thought he was delightfully evil in "The Patriot". Or, then again, maybe not.
nikodemos 6/2/2006 1:06:24 PM
The wife, the news reporter, Theo the computer expert... What about Al, man? Bring back Al!
coldhardtruth 6/2/2006 6:18:27 PM
Speaking of cardboard, that reminds me of the sets on a certain crappy show in the late 70's...
almostunbiased 6/2/2006 9:37:43 PM
This movie just lost a little something.
shaolinronin 6/3/2006 7:13:40 AM
The plot to this one is painfully obvious: Speedman's character falls in love with John's daughter - daughter finds out John is not really her dad, but had adopted her after killing her real daddy, Hans Gruber, in DH1 - because of the betrayal, she kills John (while he's fighting Speedman's character) - Speedman's character and John's daughter decide to forsake their criminal destiny, and run off together - they become hunted by both the terrorists/criminals and FBI/NYPD. Oh, and John's daughter? None other than Kate Beckinsale.
mckracken 6/4/2006 2:34:56 AM
Abe Vigoda? holeeeeee sheeet.... that takes me back, that dude was a fossil in FISH!
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