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Sunday, January 04, 2009

The New Gilligan

In what is being called a "bit of inspired casting" peach-faced Canadian actor, Michael Cera, is apparently slated to play the new Gilligan in a movie about those ill-fated castaways.

It's one of those *slap - wow - that's awesome* kinds of moments when you first hear something, because you can totally see the gangly, diffident, and yet utterly lovable Cera in Bob Denver's role -- no problem.



Now, I know what your next question is, especially if you're given to quiz your male friends:

Ginger or Mary Ann?

Seems that Beyoncé is being approached to play the glamourous movie star, which a million Baby Boomers lusted over back in the day.

Given that the most obvious casting choice sadly died recently (you all know I mean Anna Nicole Smith), and that inevitably, a modern-day version had to be more racially diverse, it seems also an inspired choice.

Who would you cast for each role, if the choice were yours?

Let's see.

- Brian Dennehy as the Captain (except he's not jolly enough -- I fear John Goodman will be given the role).

- The Professor would have to be a computer geek type these days, to reprogramme all those GPSes, and what-not, so let's go with Michael Trucco, of Battlestar Galactica (that's for my boyfriend, who is constantly nagging me to start watching the series).

- Parker Posey as Lovey. Come on, you know it.

- Julian Fellowes, one of the few proper toffs who are jobbing actors, could play Thurston Howell III with his eyes closed.

- Mary Ann is tricky. Wholesome doesn't fly as much anymore, though I suppose it's an universal male archetype of womanhood. I say, choose a complete unknown for this role. Please not Katherine Heigl.

With Cera as Gilligan, and Beyoncé as Ginger, I think we got ourselves a terrific hommage movie.

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14 Comments:

  • Frances McDormand as Lovey!

    Sandy Bullock as Mary Ann?!? Too old, perhaps?

    Kim Cattrell as Ginger?

    more as I think of them...

    By Blogger Ron, at Sun Jan 04, 12:46:00 am GMT-5  

  • Kenneth Branagh as Thurston!

    (McDormand/Branagh...think of it!)

    Kristen Bell as Mary Ann!

    By Blogger Ron, at Sun Jan 04, 12:48:00 am GMT-5  

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the Professor! (check out "Brick" to see him...)

    By Blogger Ron, at Sun Jan 04, 12:51:00 am GMT-5  

  • Dennis Haysbert as Skipper!

    By Blogger Ron, at Sun Jan 04, 12:53:00 am GMT-5  

  • Ooh, I like Kim Catrall as Lovey. Better than Parker, perhaps.

    And wow, about Dennis Haysbert. He's one of my favourite voice-over guys, and I think will take over the mantle from everyone's most beloved respected older black actor -- Morgan Freeman.

    GREAT stuff, Ron!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Jan 04, 01:07:00 am GMT-5  

  • Vic, did you see "Far From Heaven"?

    By Blogger Ron, at Sun Jan 04, 03:42:00 am GMT-5  

  • The Professor

    They could always go with the predictable Jeff Goldblum, all-purpose-nerd in countless movies.

    By Blogger knox, at Sun Jan 04, 09:40:00 am GMT-5  

  • When it comes to actors I just don't pay attention.

    But Mary Ann was beautiful and I think could play glamorous if she was supposed to. Hollywood is constantly taking beautiful women and making them play "ugly" or "plain" characters. Change the make up and clothes.

    Meagan Fox?

    You need someone who doesn't *need* to be all glam'd up.

    Actually, I think that Beyonce could play Mary Ann. The girl looks... healthy, you know? Ginger wasn't just glamorous, she was delicate.

    (word verification: fruffug)

    By Blogger Synova, at Sun Jan 04, 02:15:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Vic, did you see "Far From Heaven"?

    Is that the one where Dennis Quaid plays a secretly homosexual '50s husband?

    If it is, funny you mention that Ron, as I was going to reference it in my (perpetually) forthcoming movie review -- which includes Revolutionary Road.

    Stunning piece, BTW. Highly recommended. Because it was based on the famous novel, it feels less cliché than say, Mendes' other work about suburbia.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Jan 04, 04:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • They could always go with the predictable Jeff Goldblum, all-purpose-nerd in countless movies

    If only this were 1990, then he and his then wife Geena Davis could've acted as the Professor and Ginger.

    Although Geena lacks a certain sensuality, don't you think?

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Jan 04, 04:30:00 pm GMT-5  

  • But Mary Ann was beautiful and I think could play glamorous if she was supposed to.

    You know how Hollywood and TV execs always hop on a winning formula, and then copy it?

    That's what I thought about Bewitched/I Dream of Jeanie, plus Petticoat Junction/Green Acres, etc.

    I therefore always thought Mary Ann's homespun all-American character was supposed to be a brunette version of Ellie Mae Clampett.

    Who was gorgeous.

    Hollywood is constantly taking beautiful women and making them play "ugly" or "plain" characters. Change the make up and clothes.

    Good point. Look at Grace Kelly in "Country Girl" (it's always the country girl, isn't it?).

    Meagan Fox?

    Wow! Way to think outside of the box. I love that choice for Mary Ann, Synova.

    Actually, I think that Beyonce could play Mary Ann. The girl looks... healthy, you know? Ginger wasn't just glamorous, she was delicate.

    Interesting. I thought she was supposed to be a Jayne Mansfield/Marilyn Monroe take-off. She pretended she was sassy like Mansfield, all the while being spoilt and rather fragile, like the real life Marilyn.

    (word verification: fruffug)

    Fruffuging good choices.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Jan 04, 04:34:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm probably the only American my age who didn't really care for Gilligan's Island, then or now.
    I did like Michael Cera in Arrested Development and in Juno.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Jan 04, 07:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Brian Dennehy can do jolly...I have seen him do jolly!

    By Blogger Susie Q, at Sun Jan 04, 07:45:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Who is Jolly and what does she look like?

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Mon Jan 05, 09:45:00 am GMT-5  

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