Casting Couch: A Bright Side For The Spider-Man Reboot: A New Hope For Mary-Jane
Posted on Wednesday January 13, 2010, 09:02 by Helen O'Hara in Casting Couch
I really enjoyed Sam Raimi's first two Spider-Man films, and loved bits of his third*. But one thing always bugged me about them, and that's Mary-Jane Watson. Kristen Dunst can be a funny and likeable actress, but in these films she felt out of place, miscast and too blonde despite the dye job. Her MJ was basically wet: she was Gwen Stacey (always a more shy and retiring Spidey heroine) by another name, and made anyone who read the comics wish she'd stayed blonde, been renamed and died on the bridge at the end of that first film.
Of course, Gwen Stacey eventually turned up, in the shape of the normally redheaded Bryce Dallas Howard. But on behalf of a couple of close friends who happen to be redheaded, casting a redhead as the blonde Stacey does not make up for casting a blonde as one of pop culture's favourite redheads. Bryce Dallas Howard could have made rather a good MJ, but Gwen Stacey she was not. Swop her and Dunst and we might've been on to something.
This isn't to slag Du...
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Casting Couch: Who Should Be Captain America?
Posted on Wednesday May 7, 2008, 10:45 by Chris Hewitt in Casting Couch
This may be the geekiest thing I’ve ever said, but if I could have a free webcam link-up with anywhere in the world right now, I wouldn’t plump for the usual salubrious suspects (so, Rosario Dawson, you can breathe a sigh of relief now and go about your business), but instead I’d choose to be connected to the office of Kevin Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios.
Why? Because, whenever he has his back turned, I’d be trying to sneak a peek at the documents on his desk. Because I’m guessing that somewhere there, amidst the scripts, the detritus and half-filled coffee mugs, there might well be a piece of paper with a bunch of names on it. The names of the actors who could well fill the shoes of The First Avenger: Captain America.
Let’s ignore that horrible title – as Olly Richards so correctly pointed out in his story the other day, most people will just call the forthcoming movie ‘Captain America’, the same way as they&rs...
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