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John Leguizamo Is 'Del Boy' Trotter
In US remake of Only Fools And Horses

21 February 2012  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Deadline Hollywood

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John Leguizamo Is 'Del Boy' Trotter

Here's a story to make you wonder whether it's Shrove Tuesday or April Fool's Day or indeed 'What The Cr#p?' Day. Yes, that's right: John Leguizamo has been cast as Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in ABC's US pilot of Only Fools And Horses.

The '80s British telly staple is to be dusted off and given an American makeover. Leguizamo has taken the lead role as part of his new development deal with ABC, although there's no word yet on who'll be joining him behind the wheel of that Reliant (or US equivalent) as Rodney.

Scrubs writers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley are charged with translating the references to Trevor Francis tracksuits and pot pourri into something US-friendly. According to Deadline Hollywood, Leguizamo’s long-time manager Jeff Golenberg takes exec-producer duties.

Question is: what have you got left when you strip away the '80s get-rich-quick, cushty cockneyisms, references to Uncle Albert looking like Captain Birdseye and Del driving around Peckham in a wobbly three-wheeler? The Office spanned the cultural divide with surprising ease and Shameless is doing likewise, but the original Del Boy, David Jason, recently questioned whether Only Fools And Horses could repeat the trick: "It might work but you've got to change it so much that, in the change, in order to Americanise it, do you lose the whole concept of the piece?"

Time will tell. So who to play Rodney and Trigger? Answers below. Nick Nolte for Uncle Albert, obviously.
 


What are your feelings on the US Only Fools And Horses?
Leguizamo could bring just the right blue-collar vibe; I'm in!
We have to give it a chance; The Office worked, after all.
I dropped a chandelier at this news! Noooo!
Looking forward to seeing it on Dave in a few months.
What is this Only Fools And Horses? I am not a Brit.
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It's Either Rediculous or Brilliant
"Rodney you plonker" Cant be worse then the original More

Posted by Duane Barry at 03:40 on 26 February 2012 | Report This Post

Casting:
Benicio Del Toro - Rodney. Laurence Fishburne - Denzil. John C Reilly - Trigger. Nicolas Cage - Boycie. More

Posted by evs75 at 23:05 on 23 February 2012 | Report This Post

Casting:
Benicio Del Toro - Rodney. Laurence Fishburne - Denzil. John C Reilly - Trigger. Nicolas Cage - Boycie. More

Posted by evs75 at 23:05 on 23 February 2012 | Report This Post

Casting:
Benicio Del Toro - Rodney. Laurence Fishburne - Denzil. John C Reilly - Trigger. Nicolas Cage - Boycie. More

Posted by evs75 at 23:04 on 23 February 2012 | Report This Post

Outragous
Can't believe this is going ahead.... There is only DEL 1 More

Posted by Billymcquaid1 at 14:05 on 23 February 2012 | Report This Post

Quids In
if its a success then the cash will go to john sullivan's family so some good will come of it. More

Posted by spark1 at 11:14 on 23 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: My Bad
L: Swoz_MK Just me that thinks this is fucking inspired casting then? nt to shit when Grandad died anyway.ote] Really? I reckon the first two series with Uncle Albert featured some of the best episodes ever, such as Tea For Three, Sleeping Dogs Lie, From Prussia With Love, The Longest Night, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Hole In One and of course, Video Nasty which features the immortal Vampire Rhino discussion, possibly the funniest scene John Sullivan ever wrote. Read a f More

Posted by horribleives at 20:57 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Hey! We like The Simpsons! Lets stop showing the original over here, make our own version and have it entirely set in Britain with British characters! Sorted! Outrageous? Only as outrageous as the above to us Brits, so why the hell not? More

Posted by Cyberleader at 17:32 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

He's a good actor- but why americanise it? Why americanise our shows? Is it assumed americans are racist and will vomit at the idea of watching the original classics? Is it assumed that americans are so dumb they cant empahsise with anyone outide the US? This insulting to us and to them. I haven't watched the US Office once. Because I have standards and the fact the original was never broadcast in the States makes me angry. Angry for the talented creators of the show and for the betrayal of Brit More

Posted by Cyberleader at 17:30 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: My Bad
Just me that thinks this is fucking inspired casting then? OFAH went to shit when Grandad died anyway. More

Posted by Swoz_MK at 15:20 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

My Bad
that hbo show was called 'how to make it in america'. More

Posted by spark1 at 12:30 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

My Bad
that hbo show was called 'how to make it in america'. More

Posted by spark1 at 12:29 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: John Leguizamo Is 'Del Boy' Trotter
Okay, I definitely did not see this coming. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 10:53 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

UK TV Remakes
also itv/carlton did some really bad remakes of US shows in the 90s. More

Posted by spark1 at 10:27 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Could Work
if they do it without a laff track then it might work. but US has already done this show as 'how to get ahead in america'. f y i 'man about the house' and its spin offs were all remade in US. More

Posted by spark1 at 10:24 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Only Sphincters & Latinos
Del Boy will probably be renamed Jose Dude or something crap like that. They'll steal all the best bits (Batman & Robin, The Chandelier, Del Boy falling through the bar) while having irritating canned laughter playing over everything. More

Posted by BenTramer at 10:13 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: This is bullsh*t, and I never even really liked Only Fools and Horses...
I was never a fan of the original, but this is setting itself up to be similar to the US version of Spaced - shit. More

Posted by DazDaMan at 09:19 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: This is bullsh*t, and I never even really liked Only Fools and Horses...
L: TheJackMan23 That's right, I've never really been a huge fan, despite being British. BUT I do appreciate that it set the bar for sitcoms and this Americanization will not work. Okay, so The Office and Shameless both worked (I much prefer The US Office to David Brent & Co) but ice and Shameless are not dependent on so many British-specific thingslly do not see this working. disagree; I think The Office and especially Shameless are quintessentially British in their themes and I think More

Posted by waltham1979 at 08:48 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Could work...
I'm going to add my tuppence worth and say this could work! The humour is incredibly British as are the characters, but the concept is totally transferable. Two brothers, plus Uncle / Grandad selling dodgy goods and getting into scrapes. One thing the US is really good at is representing the family set up in sitcom form. Plus John Leguizamo is an all round entertainer who can 'do' silly and irrelevance perfectly. Plus he's got a bit of an edge, which could work in his favour. More

Posted by Cookiedough at 08:02 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

It just seems like an odd choice of show to Americanise. I mean, I can understand why they've done things like The Office, Skins and Misfits; because they're current and popular, but OFAH is distinctly British and distinctly of its time. The humour worked back then and it's had a few decades to earn that "classic" status. I just don't see how this will work, how will they make it contemporary? Anyhoo, I guess it always deserves a chance... More

Posted by Whistler at 00:19 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
I reckon this could work. Add Morgan Freeman as Grandad and the indian lad out of Harold & Kumar as Rodney and we got ourselves a show! (Though my mate's suggestion of Mackenzie Crook as Cassandra should be treated with the utmost caution). More

Posted by horribleives at 23:56 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

Bonnet da douche!! More

Posted by Deacon Frost at 22:18 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Meh...
Goodfellas meets The Sopranos meets Only Fools And Horses,sorted lol. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 19:17 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

Meh...
I think he'd make a better Micky Pearce. More

Posted by Jon 79 at 19:07 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Let them try
L: StonedJohn A lot of anger here which I don't think should be the reaction really. Frankly they producers seem to have set themselves up for a fall. Its not like this will affect our memories of David Jason and co. If by some miracle they do manage to pull it off they'll have created a show that will be successful in its own right for whatever reason, simply because, as the angry folks above have pointed out - you can't really americanise something so obviously British. A More

Posted by femalebodyinspector at 18:25 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: John Leguizamo Is 'Del Boy' Trotter
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Posted by Adam James at 17:50 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: John Leguizamo Is 'Del Boy' Trotter
David Jason is right - this is NEVER going to work! Dipsticks! More

Posted by Adam James at 17:44 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: John Leguizamo Is 'Del Boy' Trotter
David Jason is right - this is NEVER going to work! I don't see it getting past the pilot. :S Dipsticks! LOL More

Posted by Adam James at 17:42 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

can't sit still when my knee is jerking so much
blah blah unoriginal, blah blah sacred, blah blah trashy americans blah blah... 1. american TV has consistently shat all over british TV output for at least 20 years now - especially their comedies 2. all creative endeavours are derivative to some extent. Flintstones was based on the honeymooners, and the simpsons was based on the flintstones and family guy was based on the simpsons. The US Ofice has done well, and so has shameless. 3. Does it really matter? This is an american TV proje More

Posted by Dr Science at 17:33 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

Steak Meal, Guaranteed!
Fabrique Belgique! More

Posted by BeerMoth at 17:26 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

Let them try
A lot of anger here which I don't think should be the reaction really. Frankly they producers seem to have set themselves up for a fall. Its not like this will affect our memories of David Jason and co. If by some miracle they do manage to pull it off they'll have created a show that will be successful in its own right for whatever reason, simply because, as the angry folks above have pointed out - you can't really americanise something so obviously British. And if American producers do More

Posted by StonedJohn at 17:25 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

NOOO WAAAYYY!!!
I also hear they're making an inbetweeners US remake, Dear America, Stick to your own f***ing shows More

Posted by sam fringo at 17:11 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

NOOO WAAAYYY!!!
I also hear they're making an inbetweeners US remake, Dear America, Stick to your own f***ing shows More

Posted by sam fringo at 17:11 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: WHAT THE FUCK!!!
L: JIm R L: femalebodyinspector This sucks camel dick. truly. This has to fail. Empire......do not review this TV series in future issues and dont even show anymore news relating to this bag of toss. I feel like Mr Angry from mystery men, this the worst idea in the history of bad ideas. Why dont they get Michael Bay to direct it with charecters called Diego and Randy, and they can show them driving in a three wheel, big rimmed, zero emmision electric mustang in california wit More

Posted by femalebodyinspector at 16:44 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Only Fools and Horseshit
Bwahahahahaha! Can't wait to see what the American version of "Plonker" will be, what a fucking joke. More

Posted by Spaldron at 16:40 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

This is bullsh*t, and I never even really liked Only Fools and Horses...
That's right, I've never really been a huge fan, despite being British. BUT I do appreciate that it set the bar for sitcoms and this Americanization will not work. Okay, so The Office and Shameless both worked (I much prefer The US Office to David Brent & Co) but The Office and Shameless are not dependent on so many British-specific things. I really do not see this working. More

Posted by TheJackMan23 at 16:39 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

This is bullshit, and I never even really liked Only Fools and Horses...
That's right, I've never really been a huge fan, despite being British. BUT I do appreciate that it set the bar for sitcoms and this Americanization will not work. Okay, so The Office and Shameless both worked (I much prefer The US Office to David Brent & Co) but The Office and Shameless are not dependent on so many British-specific things. I really do not see this working. More

Posted by TheJackMan23 at 16:38 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: WHAT THE FUCK!!!
L: femalebodyinspector This sucks camel dick. truly. This has to fail. Empire......do not review this TV series in future issues and dont even show anymore news relating to this bag of toss. I feel like Mr Angry from mystery men, this the worst idea in the history of bad ideas. Why dont they get Michael Bay to direct it with charecters called Diego and Randy, and they can show them driving in a three wheel, big rimmed, zero emmision electric mustang in california with an over saturate More

Posted by JIm R at 16:35 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

I was talking about this bull***t this morning at university. I said that I bet they make all the cast look pretty, that it's all set in new York and there's tons of square jaws, big boobs and fashion statement suits. And I was, surprise, surprise, right. The people making this? I s***t on their faces. At the very least they could have had a Joe Pesci style Del boy. That would have been good. More

Posted by Cyberleader at 16:33 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: WHAT THE FUCK!!!
This sucks camel dick. truly. This has to fail. Empire......do not review this TV series in future issues and dont even show anymore news relating to this bag of toss. I feel like Mr Angry from mystery men, this the worst idea in the history of bad ideas. Why dont they get Michael Bay to direct it with charecters called Diego and Randy, and they can show them driving in a three wheel, big rimmed, zero emmision electric mustang in california with an over saturated dusk setting in california More

Posted by femalebodyinspector at 16:33 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

WHAT THE FUCK!!!
How about Keanu Reeves for Trigger, Jamie Fox as Denzel and Jeff Bridges as Uncle Albert? And how about Alec Baldwin as Boiciey? More

Posted by retranimator at 16:01 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

Utter Buttcheeks
Why don't they remake Sanford & Son - the US remake of Steptoe & Son - with John Hamm as Harold & Megan Fox as Albert. She's a wicked gurner...This just sounds like horseshit... More

Posted by TOPOI at 15:39 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

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