Friday, October 28, 2011
CASTING: Who Should Play John McClane's Adopted Son in Die Hard 5?
The problem with all of this recasting though isn't that it's a regurgitation of previously told stories—although that is a problem—but that there aren't that many young male actors who could possibly capture the wily courageous fervor and playful humor that John McClane possessed. Not to mention, the current crop of young actors don't have the same star power and charisma as Willis, which is required of a leading male. Die-hard Die Hard fans are going to expect the same spirit and tone as the previous three films. Otherwise, it's not a Die Hard movie. It's just an action movie. This actor will have to recreate the 80s classic while also updating it. According to the blogosphere, the studio is broadening its search by making Willis's son adopted. If McClane got divorced between Die Hard with a Vengeance, where he was estranged from his wife, and Live Free or Die Hard, where he was divorced from his wife, the son will have to be between 20-25 years old. Of course he could've been adopted at a late age, so 35 is really the limit.
• Channing Tatum, who's been riding the wave of his success with Step Up for the last five years, whose most successful film since was a Nicholas Sparks movie (2010's Dear John), and who couldn't save the disaster that was G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.
• Taylor Kitsch, who failed to do X-Men's card-carrying mutant Gambit justice and will be put to the test, not once, but twice next year with the alien epic John Carter and the board game-inspired Battleship. Therefore, he has yet to prove himself enough to carry a franchise. Plus, he doesn't exactly display an innate sense of humor. He's more of the strong silent type.
• Milo Ventimiglia, who actually played Rocky's son in 2006's Rocky Balboa, because of his similar lower lip movement, has proven he can do action, but only seems to find success on the small screen ("Gilmore Girls" and "Heroes").
• Joshua Jackson, who has honed the "Art of Being a Smart Ass" since the day he picked up a hockey stick in The Mighty Ducks, and for the last 20 years, has delivered a bad boy Prince Charming act that makes the ladies swoon, but has been relegated to TV ("Dawson's Creek" and "Fringe") for a majority of that time.
• Matt Czuchry, who isn't known for any role of bravery and often takes dialogue-heavy roles on TV ("Gilmore Girls," "Friday Night Lights" and "The Good Wife"), but still possesses the right amount of charm and smart assery to pull off witty take-downs and outsmart the bad guys.
But ideally, the right candidate will have to be someone who can believably utter the iconic phrase "Yippee ki-yay motherfucker!" without an ounce of camp.