It's Like Déjà F*cking Vu All Over Again: When Actors Recycle Roles
So what do we do? Take refuge in the original concepts? Films like Super 8? A bland bouillabaisse made from sliced and diced Spielberg that not even the marvelous Kyle Chandler could make memorable? Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating. Hell, just this weekend there was a fresh new comedy, Horrible Bosses where Kevin Spacey plays an abusive asshole of a boss who finally pushes his mild-mannered assistant to the breaking po-NOPE. I've seen that movie too. It was called Swimming With Sharks and it was great. Sure, Horrible Bosses was pretty funny (and I, like Dustin, will follow Charlie Day anywhere) but it wasn't original. Here are a few of this year's most blatant examples of actors recycling roles. Don't get me wrong. I loved some of them. (Two of them.) But it's getting old. Get it together 2011.
Kevin Spacey: Swimming With Sharks (1994) vs. Horrible Bosses (2011) as the *sshole Boss Who Gets His Comeuppance
Kate Hudson: Bride Wars (2009) vs. Something Borrowed (2011) as the Bitchy Friend/Bridezilla
Michelle Rodriguez: Avatar (2009) vs. Battle Los Angeles (2011) as the Glowering Hard-As-Nails Soldier
Kevin James: Hitch (2005) vs. Zookeeper (2011) as the Bumbling Fat Man In Need Of Romantic Advice
Bobby Cannavale: The Station Agent (2003) vs. Win Win (2011) as the Irrepressible Man Child/Human Labrador
Angelina Jolie: Mr. And Mrs. Smith (2007), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010), Seriously Angie I Am Really Bored With This Role vs. The Tourist (2011) as The Spy Who Uses Both Sex As A Weapon And Weapons As A Weapon
Okay, here's a little freshly-squeezed apple-pie-sunshine for you. Bridesmaids, Hanna, Submarine, Rango and Beginners. See them. Love them.
Joanna Robinson is wondering if she missed any repeat performances from this or any other year. Do you think Harrison Ford will be playing Han Solo in Cowboys and Aliens? She thinks it's something a little gruffer.