Casting the key to film success 0
Ashton Kutcher, left, is set to play Steve Jobs, right. (AFP/Reuters file photos)
HOLLYWOOD -- In this era of sequels, remakes, spin-offs and retreads, sometimes the only spark of anything inspired at the movies comes from the casting.
How many times have we seen something that might have otherwise been considered generic that was elevated to a memorable level thanks to the chemistry of its leads?
From The Big Chill to Pretty Woman to even The Hangover, the right cast can work wonders.
Take, for example, the recent announcement that a long-threatened sequel to Twins is in the works.
Now, while the original pairing of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito was a fun proposition back in 1988, the prospect of a 25-year reunion didn't exactly sound like a must-see proposition.
That was until it was revealed that Triplets will see mismatched brothers Arnold and Danny being joined by a long-lost third sibling, to be played by Eddie Murphy.
Now you got yourself a comedy -- although neither a screenwriter nor a director has yet to be hired.
Then there's Stand Up Guys, a comedy-action film starting production later this month in Los Angeles, about a pair of aging criminals who enjoy one last night of debauchery before one of them is supposed to carry out a hit on his buddy.
The description alone doesn't exactly sound like the stuff of pure comedy gold, but when you consider that the cast will include Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, now we're getting somewhere.
And then comes word this week that they've finally found the perfect guy to play the late Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic -- and that guy happens to be Ashton Kutcher.
At first you're going, huh? Dude, seriously? Kutcher's the best that you got?
Sure, he's got a bit of tech cred as an early adopter (he was one of the first Twitter user to hit the million-follower mark), but is he really the ideal candidate for the Jobs job?
Then when you consider that the independent film will reach back to Jobs' early days as a long-haired, bearded hippy geek hailing from Northern California, then suddenly, the Two-and-a-Half Men guy makes perfect sense.
Not only that, we seriously believe that, looks aside, Ashton will actually surprise a lot of people and deliver a dynamic performance.
Think different, indeed.