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Vince Vaughn to Open The Rockford Files

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by cj9788, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    That is a good answer. When I first read the question I was wondering who I would cast - someone with the gravitas of Garner. But the question is simpler if one thinks "better than VV". :D

    I would not pick any comedian for the role.
     
  2. mreposter

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    I was looking over James Garner's IMDB profile (trying to remember the other big series he did, Maverick) and noticed that apparently he did a series of Rockford TV movies in the mid-90s. I don't remember those at all, does anyone else?

    James Garner IMDB
     
  3. cj9788

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    They did a couple I remember watching them. The also did many TV movies for Colombo.
     
  4. fluffybear

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    If I remember correctly, he did something like 6 or 7 of them for CBS. I always got a chuckle out of that his series ran on NBC but the TV movies were on CBS.
    I remember reading an article in the late 90's (98 or 99) that Garner was kind of upset that CBS did not order any more TV movies even though the ratings were spectacular.
     
  5. jeffshoaf

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    While trying to think of a suitable actor to play Jim Rockford, I surprised myself by thinking of Adam Baldwin, playing somewhere between his roles in Firefly and Chuck - without the gun fetish of course, and with a bit more subtle intelligence.
     
  6. RunnerFL

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    Adam Baldwin would be a good choice but I'm thinking someone more like Jason O'Mara.
     
  7. fluffybear

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    It was James Garner who made the Jim Rockford character a classic. Everyone else will make mold the character their own way but it will never be anywhere close to being the same as what James Garner did for the role.
     
  8. Paul Secic

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    The Rockford Files is a classic, why mess with. Also it's on HULU.
     
  9. RunnerFL

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    Agreed
     
  10. bobukcat

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    I'm not a fan of remakes as a general rule but if they are going to make this one I like your choice of Adam Baldwin. Certainly a better choice than VV but I'm also not sure he has the "Star Power" to carry a movie. If it were a TV show he'd make more sense but he's still a character actor with little / no experience as the lead.

    Regardless of who they choose I hope they don't ruin the character by making him so conflict seeking bad-ass. Jim could hold his own but was never afraid to err to the side of self preservation over conflict, even if someone thought he was acting cowardly in the process.

    As for car chases, if it's set in L.A. like the original any car chase at all is pretty unrealistic based on the amount of traffic that is on the road in the modern world!
     
  11. Red Orc

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    Count me out too. NOT interested.
     
  12. Red Orc

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    Have you ever seen My Fellow Americans?
    James Garner & Jack Lemmon playing ex presidents running from an assasin.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117119/
     
  13. James Long

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    A decent movie ... and even though it was a comedy not to the sick level of a VV film.
     
  14. armophob

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    I just did a Biography on VV and I have watched maybe 5 of all on the list. I agree he could never pull off Jim Rockford, but I really don't remember him tanking the movies I saw him in. I mean Dodge ball was one of my top 25 of all time.
     
  15. jeffshoaf

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    VV always seems to be playing the same character to me - basically the slightly off side-kick who doesn't know when to shut up. Entertaining in small doses, but irritating in larger doses.

    I didn't see the newer version of Psycho that he starred in tho - that "same character" definitely wouldn't fit that role!
     
  16. ghontz1

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    That's exactly the problem the new generation of Hollywood and all of their people, have not the talent to make their own stories they just rip off other peoples stuff.
     
  17. Shades228

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    The reason is a long time ago Lee Iacocca came up with an easy way to ensure revenue. Find out what the baby boomers are doing and then capitalize on it. No one should be surprised at the "return" of the muscle cars that were iconic, or anything else that is nostalgic to that generation.
     

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