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Our picks for Magnum P.I. role
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Posted on: April 13, 2008 06:43 MST
Filed under: Celebs

Matthew McConaughey

We love it when a plan comes together. Oh, sorry -- wrong 1980s TV action-comedy. Today's topic isn't The A-Team (maybe next week, when we will discuss the finer points of Ice Cube as B.A. Baracus) but rather Magnum P.I. Too young too remember? Or just didn't care enough the first time around to watch? The series starred Tom Selleck as an affable, tropical-shirt-wearing private eye who zipped around Hawaii in a red Ferrari solving crimes. Rumours of a Magnum feature film have been kicking around for years, but gained traction this past week when it was reported Matthew McConaughey had been offered the lead role in the big-screen redo. But wait -- since when was Thomas Magnum a swaggering Texas-bred beach bum? To our mind, there are better Magnums out there, including:

  • Vince Vaughn: A smarmy, bloated Magnum? Not necessarily. Vaughn's motor-mouth would be perfectly suited to a character who knows how to work the angles. Besides, maybe a little smarm is in order when you're portraying a professional Peeping Tom whose facial adornment screams pornstache.
  • Eddie Murphy: What better way for Murphy to erase memories of Norbit than make Magnum a riff on his Beverly Hills Cop fish-out-of-water Axel Foley?
  • Hugh Jackman: Magnum was originally envisioned as James Bondish, but morphed into more of a likable rogue. Similarly, Jackman was once considered for Bond before being deemed too lightweight. Bonus: His experience sporting laughable hairstyles (Wolverine's mutton chops).
  • Luke Wilson: His brother Owen's already played one half of Starsky and Hutch (although we can't remember which half), so why not let Luke have a crack at their small-screen descendant Magnum?
  • George Clooney: Granted, he may be getting long in the tooth, but he needs a hit and Magnum P.I. could be the ideal followup franchise for Clooney and his Ocean's Eleven cronies. Don Cheadle as T.C.? Brad Pitt as Rick? Julia Roberts as Higgins?

    THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY: First-time live-action director Karey Kirkpatrick is making a bold prediction about NowhereLand, the movie he recently wrapped with Eddie Murphy.

    "My prediction is he'll get zero Razzie Award nominations," Kirkpatrick (Over The Hedge) told us with a laugh. Murphy, of course, squandered all the cred an Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls got him with Norbit and Daddy Daycamp, both of which were (dis)honoured mightily at the Razzie Awards for worst picture.

    In Nowhereland, "Eddie plays a stockbroker whose daughter talks to imaginary friends who start giving him stock advice. The bonus is that he reconnects with this daughter he really doesn't get."

    "There's no fat suit and he's really great in it," Kirkpatrick says. And, oh yeah, "Thomas Haden Church plays a Native American named Johnny Whitefeather. That's my third movie with Thomas."

    GO AHEAD, REMAKE MY MOVIE: How old does a horror film have to be before they remake it? What was nearly three decades for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes is down to two for The Stepfather.

    The latter -- which just wrapped filming -- is a remake of the 1987 movie about a psycho dad, who's searching for the "perfect family," and who'll keeps remarrying and killing until he finds it. The role was originally played by Terry O'Quinn, now known best as Locke on Lost. We're told he has a cameo in the new one.

    So who's the new psycho dad? Dylan Walsh of Nip/Tuck. The director is Nelson McCormick who, incidentally, also directed Prom Night, the remake of the 1980 Canadian slasher flick with Jamie Lee Curtis. The new Prom Night opens this week without any advance screening for critics.

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