dream cast: hypothetical ‘Fantasy Island’ movie

It’s Thursday, so it’s time to remake an 80s classic TV show or movie with an all-new cast. This week, in honor of Ricardo Montalban, who just passed away: Fantasy Island, the 1977-84 ABC series about dreams coming true.

(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:

Mr. Roarke: Ricardo Montalban
Tattoo: Hervé Villechaize

Now, considering the major dearth of little-people actors, I don’t think we need to absolutely cast a small person as Tattoo. You can if you like, but I hear that Peter Dinklage isn’t available… though it would be interesting to see him put his particular brand of snark on the character.

So don’t worry about size: think about capturing the essence of the character when you’re recasting.

My dream cast — gender switched!:

Mr. Roarke: Judi Dench
Tattoo: Kristen Chenoweth

Da plane! Da plane!

share and enjoy
             
If you haven’t commented here before, your first comment will be held for MaryAnn’s approval. This is an anti-spam, anti-troll, anti-abuse measure. If your comment is not spam, trollish, or abusive, it will be approved, and all your future comments will post immediately. (Further comments may still be deleted if spammy, trollish, or abusive, and continued such behavior will get your account deleted and banned.)
subscribe
notify of
5 Comments
oldest
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
view all comments
PaulW
Thu, Jan 15, 2009 4:43pm

Just to warn you, there was an attempt in the late 90s if I recall with a tv reboot, recasting Mr. Rourke with Malcolm McDowell and adding a few more sidekicks to make the show seem more… Tempest-esque. You know, from Shakespeare.

The problem with casting this as a movie is that the Fantasy Island concept fits better as a serial, with a set of rotating guest stars showing up to fulfill certain ‘fantasies’ much akin to a sci-fi/fantasy anthology of collected stories. Can’t really picture this as a movie. Only as a rebooted tv show.

I’d cast it as:
Mr. Rourke: Chris “The” Walken
Tattoo: The Rock (go the other way, get a bulky but dim sidekick)
Ariel (one thing to keep from the earlier reboot is the idea of a mysterious femme): The Frieda (Pinto, from Slumdog Millionaire)

PaulW
Thu, Jan 15, 2009 4:47pm

You know, for some reason it’d make more sense to have Dinklage as Rourke and not Tattoo… hmmm

(If I ever got a chance to make the live-action Star Blazers, I’d hire Dinklage on Day One as the ship’s saki-drinking doctor. I would have tried to get Patrick MacGoohan as Captain Avatar, but now… :weeping: )

JoshDM
JoshDM
Thu, Jan 15, 2009 10:53pm

Though Walken is an excellent suggestion, I’m going to go with the visual aspect.

Mr. Rourke: either George Hamilton or Ray Wise.

swervy jervy
swervy jervy
Thu, Jan 15, 2009 11:20pm

Tattoo: Johnny Rotten

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
Fri, Jan 16, 2009 5:14pm

The most obvious choice to play Mr. Roarke? Call me ethnocentric but I’d go with Antonio Banderas.

Sure it seems unlikely he’d do a weekly series now but then again how many people twenty years ago would have predicted Alec Baldwin someday doing a weekly sitcom?