While everyone was in theatres for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ last night, I was watching ‘The Rocketeer’ and I was struck by the grace and beauty (as well as the subtle humor) exhibited by Jennifer Connelly’s Jenny.  While the movie wasn’t the most perfect retelling of Dave Stevens’ story, 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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  1. Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

    I’d recast The Ref with Gene Hackman in the Kevin Spacey role. Turnabout is fair play!

  2. i would recast Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) with Javier Bardem, because that guy can do intelligent imposing villain in his sleep.

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