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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Movie Spin Offs I Want To See

With "Get To The Greek" set to descend upon theaters, a film featuring the character of vapid but vociferously hilarious rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), originally featured in the marvelous rom com "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", I couldn't help but feel my mind drift off to supporting characters from other films who deserve their own spin offs. Once I started compiling the list the names poured forth like Sierra Nevada from the tap on a college football Saturday.

- Mouse Alexander (Don Cheadle), "Devil In A Blue Dress". About an hour (maybe more) into this Denzel Washington driven regular-joe-turned-private-eye the main character's violent, hair-trigger, raucous, boyhood pal turns up with a gun in hand and doesn't take more than a few minutes to unload a bullet into a poor sap's shoulder to glean some necessary info and you think, "Holy gods, who is this dude?!" And it seems like in the blink of an eye, as soon as he has arrived, he is gone. As wonderously rapturous as Jennifer Beals is as the femme fatale title character (have you ever wanted to make love to a voice? Woah! Did I just say that out loud?) and as good as Denzel always is, this movie belongs to Cheadle's Mouse. An entire film belongs to him, too. (Note: Will someone please explain how he didn't get an Oscar nod for this?)

- Club Doorman (Craig Robinson), "Knocked Up". No, he doesn't even have a name but I would give it all up to see the trials & tribulations of the most stressed out doorman in the fifty states.

- Carson Wells (Woody Harrelson), "No Country For Old Men". This was my friend Brad's idea, actually, and it's a magnificent one.

- Madeleine White (Jodie Foster), "Inside Man". I don't even need to explain this one.

- Sherman "Preacher" Dudley (LL Cool J), "Deep Blue Sea". Important Note: I'm joking. Or am I?

- Hollywood (Whip Hubley) & Wolfman (Barry Tubb), "Top Gun". Obviously it's too late for this spin off but everyone who came of age in the 80's knows it should have happened.

- Kelly (Anna Faris), "Lost In Translation". Perhaps one day Sofia Coppola could make a mockumentary showing 24 hours in the life of the most ditzy actress this side of Jessica Simpson.

- Detective Otis Tucker (Courtney B. Vance), "Cookie's Fortune". Maybe this guy doesn't deserve a whole movie but he definitely deserves his own show on FX.

- Gina Callebrese (Elizabeth Rodriguez), "Miami Vice". I have waxed poetically and at length on this miraculous performance/character (in a horrifically underappreciated film) before but it is the movie spin off I most want to see.

What movie spin off do you most want to see?


Wretched Genius said...

Q (Judi Dench), All of the post-Dalton 007 films. Just 90 minutes of Dame Judi Dench masterminding espionage. That would move some tickets.

Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), The Bourne Ultimatum. I want to know what her life was like after she had to start running from the government.

Vincenzo Coccotti, True Romance, and Captain Koons, Pulp Fiction, both portrayed by Christopher Walken. He has one scene in each film, and in both cases he steals the whole movie out from under a massive ensemble of talented actors (though in True Romance he did have an assist from the late, great Dennis Hopper). And while I would love to see an entire movie dedicated to either of these characters, my ultimate fantasy would be to have both characters in an Odd Couple-type movie, with Walken playing opposite himself. It would be terrible, but more importantly, it would be AWESOME.

Rory Larry said...

Captain Charles Bosche (George Clooney), Thin Red Line, actually not really this is just my thinly veiled urging that all the footage from Thin Red Line should be edited and released. I'm one of 3 people on Earth who would line up to see it. And I mean literally line up. Even though there would only be two people behind me.

Even if he was completely made up by Verbal, I want to see a movie about Pete Postlethwaite's Kobayashi from Usual Suspects. A bizarre film about a drug lord's lawyer going around issuing commands to petty criminals.

Simon said...

Or, make a movie starring Anna Faris's character.

Castor said...

I would love to see a Carson Wells movie. I thought he was the most interesting character in No Country for Old Men.