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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

dream cast: hypothetical ‘MacGyver’ movie

It’s Thursday, so it’s time to remake an 80s classic TV show or movie with an all-new cast. This week: MacGyver, the 1985-1992 ABC adventure series that made a virtue out of nonviolence and the hero’s intelligence and scientific bent. Plus, Richard Dean Anderson was cute as hell.

(If you have a suggestion for an 80s TV show or movie we should play with, feel free to email me.)
The original cast included:

Angus MacGyver: Richard Dean Anderson
Peter Thornton: Dana Elcar
Jack Dalton: Bruce McGill
Murdoc: Michael Des Barres
Penny Parker: Teri Hatcher
Harry Jackson (Mac’s grandfather): John Anderson

My dream cast for a modern update:

Angus MacGyver: Nathan Fillion
Peter Thornton: Richard Dean Anderson
Jack Dalton: Lee Pace
Murdoc: Ewan McGregor
Penny Parker: Blake Lively
Harry Jackson: ???

Man, do I miss this show:



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  • Shaun

    Ohhh damn, I had Fillion as MacGyver too but I was stuck on Thornton (Loving your Anderson casting though). After going back to the drawing board im happy with:

    MacGyver: Nick Stahl
    Thornton: Aaron Eckhart
    Murdoc: Billy Boyd
    Penny: Franka Potente

    Such a great show.

  • MaryAnn

    Hey, it’s not a contest. You can have Fillion too.

    Oo, Franka Potente would be an *awesome* Penny. Totally different than the first one, but awesome anyway.

    Hey, maybe Potente should be MacGyver…

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