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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ultimate Geek Fu

The Actor and His Role

Al writes: The perfect actor in the perfect role can make a movie. The wrong actor will utterly destroy it.

When word of the X-Men movie first came out, I had my favorite to play Wolverine. He had the physique, the look, the attitude...the *presence*...that Wolverine needed. His name was Chris Benoit, and he was a professional wrestler, and he was perfect for the part. Hugh Jackman did beautifully, but I've always wondered if making the switch from wrestling to Hollywood, like Dwayne "Rock" Johnson, would have headed off Benoit's fall from the cliff.

I've been wrong a few times, of course. I knew there was no way that "Mr. Mom" could pull off Bruce Wayne, let alone Batman, and was pleasantly surprised. Other times I've been dead-on correct (like the way Jim Carrey mangled "A Series of Unfortunate Events").

So, the topic up for grabs today involves your opinions on the following topics. Who are your picks for:

1. They were absolutely perfect for the role and no one could have done it better.

2. They were miserably horrible failures and a trained chimpanzee would have been better.

3. This movie hasn't been made yet, and the perfect actor to play the role is...

Let the arguments begin.

ULTIMAGE GEEK FU runs every Wednesday. Have a question that's just bugging the heck out of you about Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Battlestar Gallactica, Farscape, Firefly, Fringe, Heroes, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Smallville, The X-Files, X-Men, The Man From Atlantis, or pretty much any other SF-flavored media property? Send it to slushpile@thefridaychallenge.com with the subject line, "Geek Fu," and we'll stuff it in the queue.
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