Gut Rumbles

February 15, 2005

who would you pick?

I realize that I'm speaking to a whole lot of people who won't know what the hell I'm talking about, but I grew up (somewhere around the Dawn of Man as it appears nowdays) reading doc savage. I also read Tarzan, John Carter of Mars and James Bond back then. And (I am not making this up) one of my favorite places to read was sitting in a big oak tree in my parent's back yard. I loved sitting in that tree as much as I loved reading the books.

I read this post and it made me think (always a dangerous thing). If I were going to make a Doc Savage movie today, who would I cast in the lead role?

I know a lot of people are going to hate me for saying this, but I believe that Vin Diesel could do it, if he wore a nice hairpiece and bronzed himself up just right. Doc Savage was a brilliant scientist, but he wasn't no pussy, either. He could duke it out when he had to.

You got any BETTER suggestions?


How about the Rock? Of course, Doc is supposed to be one of the greatest geniuses in the world, and I don't see Rock or Vin exuding much brain matter. But it's all in the editing, ain't it?

Posted by: Velociman on February 15, 2005 06:24 PM

Vin Diesel makes Sly Stallone look like an on-camera genius.

Posted by: rightisright on February 15, 2005 06:45 PM

Doc Savage: The Rock
Monk: "Rowdy Ronny Piper"
Ham: Jeff Goldblum
Renny: Tom Selleck
Johnny: John Malkovitch
Long Tom: Gary Sinese

Posted by: Wall on February 15, 2005 08:30 PM

Christopher Walken

Posted by: Robert on February 15, 2005 08:50 PM

Yeah, me. Heh.

As for Vince, don't discount the guy because he's taken the dumptrucks full of money to make crap action films of late. I know him, and the guy can act. Go watch Multi-Facial, the film he made himself on a shoestring budget, which was responsible for his start in the industry.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on February 15, 2005 09:29 PM

I think Wall has the team down.

Posted by: Velociman on February 15, 2005 10:00 PM

It would be interesting to see what happens. I am still waiting for the fallout to settle, at Paramount, over the upcoming movie version of ERB's A Princess of Mars. So yeah, Doc Savage would be great.

I used to read up in the crabbapple tree in our front yard. It also doubled as my starship. It was much faster then the Willow tree next door.

Now if they could just do an updated version of Warren's Vampiralla.

Posted by: Guy S. on February 15, 2005 10:23 PM

Christopher Walken... hmmm...

Posted by: Acidman on February 15, 2005 11:34 PM

My tree was a hackberry, in limbs that are long gone though the main trunk survives.
I like Wall's list except I'd put Gary Sinise for Doc and John Lithgow for Long Tom.

Posted by: Stu on February 16, 2005 12:24 AM

let's's Hollywood, right? Denzel or Cruise....maybe Jackie Chan for the comedic angle.

Posted by: Marcus on February 16, 2005 12:24 AM

I like Walken...but wonder if he isn't (by Hollywood standards) a bit long in the tooth for the roll, born in '43, that puts him at least , at 62. Though he rocked as Gabriel in the Prophecy series of flicks.

Posted by: Guy S. on February 16, 2005 03:20 AM

ahh, John Carter of Mars, I had forgotten about that. Vampirella hmmmmmmm
Doc Savage, will have to think about that.

Posted by: James Old Guy on February 16, 2005 10:27 AM

Doc Smith rules! I mean, look at my email addy, and my previous one!

Posted by: Justthisguy on February 16, 2005 02:18 PM

Rutger Hauer? I can't seem to give up on him and let it go. Roy Batty was so cool. Ever read any Phillip Jose Farmer?

Posted by: Dave Munger on February 16, 2005 05:59 PM

The obvious for DOC has always been Arnie, but he is tied up with the GOVERNATOR thing from now until whenever. DOC is obviously a man of few words, so we can get around the accent thing

Posted by: Dave Taggart on March 11, 2005 10:41 AM
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