It’s time for my Friday Fun post, in which I offer nothing more than perhaps an opportunity for some amusement.
A month or so ago, for the Friday Fun post, I reflected on who I would cast if Hollywood were to make a remake of “Highlander,” and I asked for your suggestions too. I enjoyed that exercise – and your suggestions – so I thought I would try again.
If Hollywood were so audacious as to tamper with a classic and remake Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” who would you cast in the main three roles: George Bailey, Mary Hatch and the angel, Clarence?
I’m not 100% sold on any of my choices, but here they are for what it’s worth…
I would cast Jim Carrey as George Bailey. I think Carrey could do the disappointed dreamer role pretty well, as I always think there’s a sad quality about him in his semi-serious roles. This is obviously the hardest call, since Jimmy Stewart is a legend and almost anyone here will ‘not be the same,’ but I think Carrey could do a good job.
As for Mary, the Donna Reed character, I might go with Amy Adams. She could do the ‘girl next door’ thing for the high school scenes, the librarian/spinster angle for the alternative future, and the Mrs. Bailey role during the latter half.
Clarence is another matter, and I found him hard to cast. I thought of Robert Duvall, if we wanted to give updated Clarence a quiet gravity, but the original Clarence doesn’t bring much gravity. Perhaps Robin Williams could do Clarence, though I suppose Williams and Carey together could give the false impression that this is about the laughs. Still, I like both of them in their various more serious roles, so I think they could pull it off.
What do you think? Who would you cast?