This story from Variety (the Hollywood paper of record) was forwarded to me by a friend who shares my love for the 1977 classic hockey film Slap Shot. The subject of the email was "Somebody better start a violent blog campaign over this one…"
Yep, they are remaking Slap Shot.
While it's very easy to rant and and say "The original was better," this is Hollywood, and they'll remake anything for a chance at a buck. They have already announced the writer and the director, and while not complete hacks, the choices seem a little uninspired. That leaves the casting, one crucial element that in my opinion, makes the original a masterpiece.
So, here are some of my suggestions for the actors in any remake of Slap Shot. Are you listening, Hollywood?
Team Captain Reggie Dunlop
Ice Cube. Nobody will ever be a better Paul Newman than Paul Newman. So why not go another direction entirely? Slap Shotis famous for it's funny, filthy dialog, and who better to bring that back than the former front man for N.W.A? If they wanted to get a little racial with the humor, he'd be an amazing choice. You think Ice Cube would be happy about the Indian head logo on the Chiefs T-shirts? That's comedy, right there.It's a natural fit. He has "ice" right there in his name. Think about it. I'm right about this.
The Hanson Brothers
The producers should once again get real hockey players to portray the most famous goons in movie history. I'd suggest the Staal Brothers; Eric plays for the Carolina Hurricanes, Jordan plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Marc plays for the New York Rangers. Plus, two of them got arrested last summer for allegedly having a wild bachelor party, a scene which should be written into the movie. Cast them now, work out the acting issues later.
Sportswriter Dickie Dunn
Seth Rogan. The star of Knocked Up and the 40 Year Old Virgin, is Canadian, and funny. I'm just trying to capture the spirit of the thing.
General Manager Joe McGrath
By all rights, this is a role that should have been Newman's. The aging leader of the Chiefs needs to be an old lion, like Strother Martin, who originally mastered the role. I'll go ahead and say Dan Aykroyd.
I'll cut this one short, seeing as fans of the film may be able to flesh out the cast in the comments section, or tell me where I got it wrong. I look forward to the debate!