While watching ‘The Rocketeer’ last night, I was struck by the grace and beauty (as well as the subtle humor) exhibited by Jennifer Connelly in the role of  ‘Jenny’.  While the movie wasn’t the most perfect retelling of Dave Stevens story (and I wish her name had stayed “Bettie”) you can clearly see why Cliff Secord would risk life and limb for such a woman.  Likewise, you can see why Bruce Banner would smash all obstacles for her, as well, which is my subtle Stephen-type segueway into reminding you that Ms. Connelly was also Betty Ross in the much-maligned 2003 ‘Hulk’ film.  In many ways, she was the diamond to be found in the pile of gum wrappers and detritus of that movie, making me fervently wish that we could somehow transplant her Betty Banner (and, if I’m honest, Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce) into the 2008 version, which in turn begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has always suspected that we would have enjoyed seeing Buddy Ebsen’s Tin Man in action, asking: If you could retroactively recast ONE actor/actress in any film, who would switch out and why?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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6 Comments

  1. gary
    December 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    Only one? For me it’s a coin flip between Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman in the Star Wars prequels. I know the movies were mostly messed up by the writing, but it would have been much more bearable if the acting was a little better, particularly in those ridiculous romance scenes in Ep2.

  2. James
    December 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm — Reply

    For a second I thought you meant you wanted Hayden Christensen to play Padme and Natalie Portman to play Anakin.

    I’m not `00% sure that wouldn’t be awesome.

    • James
      December 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm — Reply

      Obviously should have been 100%

  3. December 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm — Reply

    On the subject of the Hulk, I’d also replace William Hurt with Sam Elliot. Hurt’s Ross was one part mad scientist, one part bombastic military leader and 100% jackwagon. I much preferred Sam Elliot’s Ross who, while still a military man, was much more sympathetic.

  4. Kirby
    December 12, 2013 at 6:54 pm — Reply

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Christen Bale being switched out with Karl Urban for all 3 of the recent Batman flicks, as Urban can actually be understood when doing a guttural voice, and it not sound ridiculous.

    • Hannah Jones
      December 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm — Reply

      Thank you! This is exactly what I’ve been saying!

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