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Credit Crunch Casting
In these times of economic crisis and following the budget report, it is obvious that we will all have to make sacrifices. For us little people, this could mean not buying that new outfit, or shopping for own-brand baked beans in Lidl. But for the big boys at the movie studios, even more difficult decisions will have to be made. So Empire, always a beacon of help in difficult times, has put together this list of cheaper alternatives for the biggest stars in Hollywood - so that casting agents can make savvy budget busting choices, without leaving us wanting in the cinema.
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Credit Crunch Casting | Johnny Depp | Russell Brand
Credit Crunch Casting
Can't afford Johnny Depp? Get Russell Brand

Rumoured to have been offered nearly $56 million to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp is bankable Hollywood property. But Jerry Bruckheimer could slash the price of his swash-buckling pirate by casting British swagger-meister Russell Brand. He�s got the hair, the eyeliner, and that pre-Victorian vocabulary with suitably illustrious delivery. All he needs is a pair of long boots and a sword and it�s plain sailing from here on in. Plus Brand is dab hand at backcombing, if Tim Burton decided to revive Edward Scissorhands.

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Nicole Kidman is certainly a beautiful woman, but I'd take Naomi Watts over her for my movie any day, even at the same price. She certainly isn't Nicole's backup. ... Read More

OgreVI About me

18:35, 12 December 2008 | Report This Post
Agreed about 1/2 of them...
Bale is Britains best actor at this point though. And Zoe Saladan is nowhere near as hot as Halle. ... Read More

chiropterror About me

20:34, 01 December 2008 | Report This Post
I didn't like this article. I think Russell is Russell and Gerard is Gerard. For me both are good actors with theirs personalities. I have knew Gerard Butler and the more I know about him the more I like. He is not the best actor of the world neither Russell. Every one is every one. We don't have to compare people, is not polite in my opinion. Thanks. Marisa, from Brazil. ... Read More

Marisalberta About me

00:16, 01 December 2008 | Report This Post
Bit worried that Shannyn Sossamon would be considered for anything....... Thinking that if Meryl Streep proved too expensive they could always call in Esther Rantzen ... Read More

Tig About me

20:59, 30 November 2008 | Report This Post
You got this one wrong!
Gerard Butler is second to NO ONE.  ... Read More

phoenixgirl About me

07:56, 30 November 2008 | Report This Post
Agreed with all, except NO ONE can replace Christian Bale... ... Read More

mk269 About me

18:38, 29 November 2008 | Report This Post
What are you waiting for?
You guys at Empire should be waving such suggestions in the faces of the directors and film makers that you interview. Not only would it put some of these people on the map, it could theoretically make for better movies. The money they save on the casting, could be used to produce better sets or more compelling stories. ... Read More

movie_manic_1983 About me

11:57, 29 November 2008 | Report This Post
RE: Russell Brand is a twat
L: DGener8 Can I be the millionth person to point out that Johnny Depp is traditionall cast for his talent and/or good looks, neither of which Russell Brand has any business being within the vicinity of? sp; Anyone with an sensible opinion not just a feeble attack on someone's appearance/ ability? ... Read More

t_bell About me

15:51, 27 November 2008 | Report This Post
Credit Crunch Features
Another good way to save money in these 'hard' times is to recycle. Good to see /b] doing their bit by essentially recycling their old 'If Wet...' feature. And I prefer ilippsHeigl. And she's got the better name JEDI BOBSTER ... Read More

JediBobster About me

17:30, 26 November 2008 | Report This Post
Naomi Watts...
She's actually English dispite the Aussie accent having been born and raised in the UK and only moving down under at 13 and then knowing what was good for her moving out in her early 20's. Johnny Depp/Skeet Ulrich was very much the obvious pick but guess Brands the man of the moment... ... Read More

bronco3114 About me

15:22, 26 November 2008 | Report This Post
Russell Brand is a twat
Can I be the millionth person to point out that Johnny Depp is traditionall cast for his talent and/or good looks, neither of which Russell Brand has any business being within the vicinity of? ... Read More

DGener8 About me

14:51, 26 November 2008 | Report This Post
Keanu Reeves/Neo Standee????
Surely if you can't afford Keanu Reaves, Get Greg Grunberg instead ... Read More

White_Lady About me

13:36, 26 November 2008 | Report This Post
Johnny Depp / Skeet Ulrich surely?
Brand is more like Desperate Dan dressed up as Captain Jack with the vocal stylings of Dot Cotton. ... Read More

keyzersaulsie About me

12:54, 26 November 2008 | Report This Post
Duke for Rogen
Clark Duke is shaping up as the best contender to Rogen's crown. He's Michael Cera's Vlogging partner (Clark & Michael), one of the surprises of Sex Drive, and I'm hoping his appearance in Kick Ass will be as good. One to watch... ... Read More

Withnail About me

10:47, 26 November 2008 | Report This Post
take the holsten pills
Can't afford Keanu Reeves , get a Neo Standee 29.99 from all good stores. ... Read More

dogtanian About me

10:11, 26 November 2008 | Report This Post
Brand in Pirates?
That would only be acceptable if he appeared in the opening scene and was immediatly made to dance a gallows jig for piracy (without having the chance to say a word), and Sparrow spent the entire film trying to find the guy who hung him and buy him a rum as a thank you for killing the annoying twat. ... Read More

the ageless stranger About me

10:02, 26 November 2008 | Report This Post
I hear in the new Pirates brands character will send an offensive wax sealed declaration that he shagged the king of spains grand-daughter and all hell kicks off. ... Read More

Greg Andrew About me

09:19, 26 November 2008 | Report This Post
You know, I heard through the grapevine that Russel Brand was actually being cast for Pirates, but as Cap'n Jack Sparrow's brother. Personally, I think it's brilliant, but the fact that Zac Efron is now playing Will Turner cancels it out. I guess I'll just have to bring a barf bag with me to see the movie. And possibly a stun gun to settle the screaming Zac Efron fan girls. ... Read More

WhateverLoser About me

07:52, 26 November 2008 | Report This Post
RE:Bale wasn't in 300
They are not talking about Bale, Fassbender was Stelios in 300. ... Read More

Capt.Tightpants About me

07:46, 26 November 2008 | Report This Post
Bale wasn't in 300
page ten, last sentence not right ... Read More

moviebuff_11 About me

22:14, 25 November 2008 | Report This Post
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