Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Things I Regret...

That Lance Henriksen never got the chance to play General William T. Sherman in a biopic. I think he would have been perfect casting.

14 Comments:

At 11:34 AM, Blogger baby copernicus said...

I'd also like to see him play Daryl Dragon in MUSKRAT LOVE: THE CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE STORY.

Come to think of it, he'd even make a pretty good Toni Tennille.

 
At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Ericb said...

Well, he's not dead so there's still a chance it might happen. Not that a Sherman biopic would appeal that much to the Hollywood brass. Is Sherman sexy enough for Hollywood?

 
At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Zev said...

Six words: Bruce Campbell as The Music Man.

Make it happen, Hollywood.

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger baby copernicus said...

Actually, I'd like to see Michael J. Fox in the guise of Teen Wolf playing General Sherman.

Jefferson Davis will be played, of course, by Colin Farrell.

 
At 12:45 PM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

Henriksen isn't dead, but he's approaching seventy, which I think is probably too old.

The fact that there's so little interest in our country's fascinating history is another regret altogether.

And actually, I think Sid Haig would make a better Daryl Dragon, who not only was the Captain, but I think the star of a martial arts video game.

Can Campbell sing? Of course, strictly speaking, the Music Man doesn't need to sing overmuch.

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Terrahawk said...

Actually Sherman is a very interesting figure. He was raised by another family after his father died and his mother was unable to support the family. His adoptive family had great connections in Washington and Sherman spent most of his life trying to get out of that shadow and make it on his own. He also loved the South and was the first superintendent of what was to become LSU. If done right, it could really be a great movie.

Hendriksen would have been great for the part. He is too old now though.

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Marty McKee said...

All I know is that I have never in my life seen any movie that wouldn't have been better with Lance Henriksen in the cast. Imagine Lance in, say, HELLO DOWN THERE, HERBIE GOES TO MONTE CARLO, THE WEDDING SINGER or OUT OF AFRICA.

Actually, I wish he had played Norman Osborn in SPIDER-MAN.

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger Brad said...

I don't mean to nitpick, but Henriksen is 65. Gettin' on up there, but that's not QUITE pushing seventy, though he will be in about three years.

 
At 6:22 PM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

Let's say he's approaching 70, and by the time any film about Sherman could get up and running, he would be pretty close to that age.

And Marty, damn, a Hello Down There reference! There's something you don't see every day.

And yes, as I have often observed, I love me the Lance Henriksen. My biggest hope for his next good role is the seeming inevitability that he will at some point appear in Deadwood, since they seem to make a specialty of casting character actors of Henriksen's stripe.

 
At 2:54 AM, Anonymous Jimmy said...

He did play that other civil war figure Abraham Lincoln once, I believe. It was some straight to video offering (I know, I know, Lance Henriksen in a straight to video movie). I can actually see that casting working.

 
At 12:14 PM, Blogger Keith said...

Hmm, the firt thing I said when I finally saw Deadwood on DVD was, "How can they make this and not have Lance Henrikson in it?"

And Ken, if you think the dearth of interest in Civil War movies is bad, then consider the number of Revolutionary War movies from which we have to chose. You'd think someone besides Mel Gibson and Al Pacino would be interested in the dang thing.

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

I hear you Keith. I keep wondering why nobody thinks it would be awesome to make a movie about Col. Henry Knox dragging literally sixty tons of cannon and ammunition on sledges from Fort Ticonderoga, after capturing it from the British, to Boston. What an amazing feat!

Then there's, you know, Valley Forge.

Of course, Hollywood even felt it had to jazz up something as epic as the attack on Pearl Harbor, so they'd probably consider these story a little boring, unless they could insert death robots and a kick-ass female warrior in there somewhere.

 
At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Ericb said...

World War 1 has also been mia in Hollywood for the past few decades. You'd think that the US hadn't been in any wars other thant World War 2, Vietnam and the Gulf War.

 
At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sandy Petersen here:

Sherman's probably not PC enough to appear in Hollywood. Instead of experiencing angst and indecision over the horrors of war, he accepted the horrors and worked to end the war as quickly as possible, figuring that even the heaviest casualties which actually shortened the war would save lives in the long run. How would Hollywood treat that?

 

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