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Re-cast the Lord of the Rings trilogy!


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#1 of 16 OFFLINE   Scott Weinberg

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Posted December 05 2003 - 01:20 PM

I was reading some news about how Ewan McGregor is now on the short list for the James Bond role. And I think that would be a perfect choice. I may be a little biased, as McGregor (along with Mr. Depp) is currently my favorite actor working today.

Then that got me to thinking about who Ewan McGregor could have played in the LOTR trilogy (Faramir Posted Image ) and that then led me to this idea:

Re-cast the trilogy!

Here are the rules:

Name who you'd have chosen for the roles listed below. Please understand that I adore the "real" cast down to the guy who played Haldir SoonDead, so this is not a knock on Jackson's cast in any way, shape or form. It's just something to kill the time while snow falls in Philadelphia.

Here's a twist: You cannot mention an actor who has been previously chosen in the same role. Example: if I chose Toshiro Mifune for Gandalf, you cannot repeat that pick although you could pick Mifune for another role if you wanted to.

Once we get a good amount of picks for each role, maybe I'll do a competition-type thing so we can vote on the best choices. Or maybe I'll just be lazy and slow like I am on all my Polls threads.

These picks took some time to come up with! Most of 'em are who I'd enjoy seeing, but some (like my Elrond pick) just made me laugh when I thought of 'em. If you'd like to participate, please make picks for ALL the characters listed below. Thanks.

Here's my picks:

Gandalf - Sean Connery

Saruman - Donald Sutherland

Aragorn - Kurt Russell

Frodo - Tobey Maguire

Samwise - Seth Green

Merry - Sam Rockwell

Pippin - Topher Grace

Legolas - Christian Bale

Gimli - Robert Carlyle

Thoeden - Gene Hackman

Grima - Lance Henriksen

Faramir - Ewan McGregor

Boromir - Eric Bana

Denethor - James Caan

Haldir - Brad Pitt

Gamling - Michael Ironside

Elrond - Christopher Walken

Eowyn - Emily Mortimer

Eomer - Val Kilmer

Arwen - Milla Jovovich

Galadriel - Michelle Pfeiffer

Celeborn - Guy Pearce

Isildur - Harrison Ford

Bilbo - Ben Kinglsley

Gollum - Johnny Depp

Theodred - Kevin Costner (Get it?) Posted Image

#2 of 16 OFFLINE   Dome Vongvises

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Posted December 05 2003 - 01:43 PM

[quote] (Get it?) [quote]

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Some of these are serious, some of these are for laughs. Can you guess which one? Posted Image

Gandalf - Ray Walston
Gollum - Burgess Meredith
Aragorn - Mel Gibson
Legolas - Brad Pitt
Eowyn - Naomi Watts
Arwen - Eliza Dushku
Frodo - Matthew Broderick
Sam - Alan Ruck
Elrond - Robert De Niro
Gimli - Mick Foley
Faramir - Patrick Swayze
Theoden - Alec Guinness
Pippen - Micheal J. Fox
Merry - ?
Saruman - Richard Harris
Grima - Steve Buscemi

#3 of 16 OFFLINE   Jan H

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Posted December 05 2003 - 02:26 PM



Big Chill? Posted Image

Ok, I'll play it straight:


Gandalf: Brian Cox

Saruman: Terence Stamp

Aragorn: Russell Crowe

Frodo: Edward Norton

Sam: Nathan Lane

Bilbo: Anthony Hopkins

Eowyn: Jodie Foster

Galadriel: Nicole Kidman

Arwen: Juliet Binoche

Gimli: Bob Hoskins

Legolas: Leo DiCaprio

Elrond: Stellan Skaarsgard

Gollum: Steve Buscemi (I thought it WAS him!)

If I can think of any more, I'll ad 'em.

#4 of 16 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted December 05 2003 - 03:15 PM

Gandalf - Lew Gollum - Justin S Aragorn - SteveGon Legolas - Bill Eowyn - Elizabeth Arwen - ?? Frodo - Scott Sam - Arman Elrond - Jack Briggs Gimli - Martin Faramir - Simon Theoden - Me Pippen - Jim Merry - Brian Saruman - George Grima - Angelo
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#5 of 16 OFFLINE   Nick Sievers

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Posted December 05 2003 - 03:53 PM

I'll be Arwen then.
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#6 of 16 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted December 05 2003 - 04:24 PM

How about...

Monty Python and the Lord of the Rings

Let's see... each Python would probably play around 10 parts each.

Lord of the Rings 3000

Cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Bill Corbett as Crow as Frodo...

Whose Ring is it Anyway?

Colin Mochrie as Gandalf. Greg Proops as Aragorn. Posted Image

#7 of 16 OFFLINE   Arman

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Posted December 05 2003 - 05:03 PM

[quote] Gandalf - Lew
Gollum - Justin S
Aragorn - SteveGon
Legolas - Bill
Eowyn - Elizabeth
Arwen - ??
Frodo - Scott
Sam - Arman
Elrond - Jack Briggs
Gimli - Martin
Faramir - Simon
Theoden - Me
Pippen - Jim
Merry - Brian
Saruman - George
Grima - Angelo [quote]
Galadriel - Vicki_M
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#8 of 16 OFFLINE   Alex Spindler

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Posted December 05 2003 - 05:06 PM

This should be some fun. Couldn't come up with all of them, so here is a shorter list. Gandalf - Sean Connery Saruman - Max Van Sydow Aragorn - Christian Bale Frodo - Nick Moran Samwise - Jason Statham Merry - Dexter Fletcher Pippin - Jason Flemyng Legolas - Tim Roth Thoeden - Gabriel Byrne Grima - Jeffery Combs Faramir - Jude Law Boromir - Clive Owen Eowyn - Natacha McElhone Arwen - Claire Forlani Galadriel - Julianne Moore Gollum - Willem Dafoe Bonus to anyone who can figure out my Hobbits without looking them up. * Edit - ack, seems I got the same Galdalf as you did *

#9 of 16 OFFLINE   MartinTeller

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Posted December 05 2003 - 06:03 PM

Gandalf - Morgan Freeman Saruman - Lou Gossett, Jr. Aragorn - Denzel Washington Frodo - Larenz Tate Samwise - Gary Coleman Merry - Bernie Mac Pippin - Chris Tucker Elrond - Samuel L. Jackson Legolas - Richard Roundtree Gimli - Cedric the Entertainer Thoeden - Richard Pryor Grima - Cuba Gooding, Jr. Faramir - Ice Cube Boromir - Eddie Murphy Eowyn - Halle Berry Arwen - Tisha Campbell Galadriel - Diana Ross Gollum - Jaleel White Bilbo - Bill Cosby

#10 of 16 OFFLINE   Matt Pelham

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Posted December 06 2003 - 05:43 AM



Posted Image Perfect! "My precious....Did I do that?"

And no offense Jan, but thank God in Heaven it wasn't really cast with those actors!

#11 of 16 OFFLINE   Dalton

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Posted December 06 2003 - 05:47 AM

Gandalf - Patrick Stewart
Saruman - Anthony Hopkins
Aragorn - Johnny Depp
Frodo - Jake Gyllenhaal
Samwise - Kevin Smith
Pippin - Sean William Scott
Merry - Freddy Prinze Jr.
Elrond - Brad Pitt
Legolas - Tom Welling (Clark Kent on Smallville for those unaware of him)
Gimli - Robbie Coltrain
Thoeden - Liam Neeson
Grima Wormtongue - Jon Dalton (from Survivor: Pearl Islands)Posted Image
Faramir - Hugh Jackman
Boromir - Jason Statham
Eowyn - Jennifer Garner
Arwen - Krista Allen
Galadriel - Naomi Watts
Gollum - John Leguizamo

#12 of 16 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted December 06 2003 - 06:23 AM

At one time the Beatles were planning on doing a Lord of the Rings. So, going back to the late 60's, here's my cast (Remember, these are the actors as they were in the late 60's age-wise):

Gollum - John Lennon

Frodo - Paul McCartney

Gandalf - George Harrison

Samwise - Ringo Starr

Saruman - Jack Lemmon

Aragorn - Sean Connery

Merry - Gene Wilder

Pippin - Jack Nicholson

Legolas - Clint Eastwood

Gimli - Burt Reynolds

Thoeden - Charlie Chaplin

Grima - Marty Feldman

Faramir - Paul Newman

Boromir - Steve McQueen

Denethor - Marlon Brando

Elrond - Henry Fonda

Eowyn - Faye Dunaway

Eomer - Robert Redford

Arwen - Ann-Margaret

Galadriel - Audrey Hepburn

Celeborn - Cary Grant

Isildur - Burt Lancaster

Bilbo - Benny Hill


P.S. Brook, you left out one -

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#13 of 16 OFFLINE   Brian Lawrence

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Posted December 06 2003 - 09:40 AM

Gandalf - Max Von Sydow Saruman - Groucho Marx Aragorn - David Hasselhoff Frodo - Woody Allen Samwise - Joe Pesci Merry - Steve Buscemi Pippin - Harpo Marx Legolas - Criswell Gimli - Charles Laughton Boromir - Thomas Chong Arwen - Jessica Rabbit Galadriel - Divine Bilbo - W.C. Fields Gollum - Peter Lorre

#14 of 16 OFFLINE   Jan H

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Posted December 06 2003 - 10:40 AM



Uh, ok. Anyway, now that last night's buzz has subsided, there are still a couple of choices I stand by (not that the casting of the actual LOTR is in any way impeachable). I think Crowe's brooding physicality would've made for a great Aragorn. I'm likewise still pleased with Stamp as Saruman, Hoskins as Gimli, Hopkins as Bilbo, and Kidman as Galadriel. What has held up less well, in the cold light of sobriety, is Winona as Arwen and Leo as Legolas (though he is suitably 'girly'). WHAT WAS I THINKING!!?? Posted Image

Martin, love your list! "The Lordz of The Ring" Though I would've cast Gary Coleman as Frodo (or Gollum).

Merry - Bernie Mac = Inspired!

#15 of 16 OFFLINE   Ray H

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Posted December 06 2003 - 02:23 PM

George, I've been thinking about a 60s version of LOTR starring the Beatles too! I know the Beatles originally wanted to play some specific parts like George as Gandalf, but really, that's just crazy. Especially when they're just perfect as the four hobbits! Couldn't think of actors for some characters towards the end of my list so I just went with George's picks. Posted Image

Frodo- Paul McCartney
Sam- Ringo Starr
Merry- John Lennon
Pippin- George Harrison
Gandalf- John Huston
Saruman- Anthony Quinn
Aragorn- Sean Connery
Legolas- Robert Redford
Gimli- Rod Steiger
Boromir- Charlton Heston
Elrond- Henry Fonda
Arwen- Jane Fonda
Theoden- Alec Guiness
Eomer- Peter O'Toole
Eowyn- Julie Christie
Gollum- Anthony Hopkins
Faramir- Paul Newman
Denethor- Laurence Olivier
Bilbo- Benny Hill
Galadriel- Audrey Hepburn
Celeborn- Cary Grant
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#16 of 16 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted December 06 2003 - 04:42 PM

I definitely like some of your choices better, and I'll admit it makes more sense to have them as the 4 hobbits, but John really wanted to play Gollum. Posted Image
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