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Wednesday
Jun272012

This Week In Idiot Casting: Ryan Reynolds in 'Highlander'

Why does Ryan Reynolds still keep getting handed major film roles?  He proved he couldn't draw major audiences in last year with both Green Lantern and The Change-Up.  He basically ruined Blade: Trinity back in 2004.  He only really shined as Deadpool in X-men: Origins, and in that he was supposed to be annoying.  He's smarmy, he's unlikable, and he isn't funny.  And according to TrackingBoard, he's also going to be the one starring in a remake of Highlander.

It hasn't been specifically announced that he'll be playing Connor McCloud, the immortal protagonist of the original.  I suspect that this is only because sending out that news would make online stupidity levels hit critical mass and blow up the internet. 

I'm sure Reynolds has his fans, and most of my dislike of him isn't something logically grounded, but this goes beyond my preference.  Highlander is the story about a group of immortals, men doomed to constantly wander the earth, dueling each other in the hope of being the last one standing and winning the mysterious "prize". It's a roll that requires skill, versatility and depth.  Ryan Reynolds has none of those things.  He plays the same damn character in every movie he's in, and that character is not a 500-year-old immortal.

It may be that the remake will just focus on a different character then Quentin McCloud.  Frankly, though, I dont want a Highlander movie to focus on the kind of character that Reynolds will play.  I'm not arguing that Christopher Lambert gave an Oscar worthy performance in the original, but at least his basic demeanor made sense for the story.

But, I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who disagree with me.  Do any of you readers think this is a good idea?

Reader Comments (6)

What you're saying is you don't like Ryan Reynolds?

You're in the minority. sorry!

He was the best part of Blade Trinity. You can't blame him for Green Lantern, He did what he could with that horrible mess. And The Change Up wouldn't have been any better with another actor in his place.

Ever since Van Wilder he has been playing a wise cracking sarcastic prick. Which made him perfect for Deadpool. Can't wait to see him in R.I.P.D.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

I have to agree with David on this, only I think Reynolds is best served as a supporting actor. The Deadpool movie might be his saving grace, though I wouldn't hold out any hope that Highlander will be a good flick with him at the lead. It's just too odd of a fit.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Fancher

I do think that Buried showed a bit of a different side or Reynolds.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Here's a Connor MacLeod for you: Kris Holden-Ried

Currently in Lost Girl. He'd be pitch perfect.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShojon

Have you not seen "The Nines"? Reynolds did an absolutely amazing job in that film. He wasn't a wise-cracking character either. I'm interested to see how he will play this role. I'll definitely be following the news for this flick.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWesley

I hear the sound of a toilet flushing.

Sunday, July 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGabe Iker

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