Smart Casting

getsmart_poster.jpgWhen I was a kid I would watch hours of reruns of Get Smart on television when I stayed home sick from school. I may not have realized it then, but Mel Brooks and Buck Henry created comedic gold. Then in 198o I saw The Nude Bomb at the movies — okaaaaay, maybe not “gold.”Well, with Hollywood being Hollywood, it’s time (actually probably past due with Hollywood being Hollywood) to remake, retool, re-imagine Get Smart. When it comes to remakes, the list of misses probably well outnumbers the list of hits. “Classic TV” seems ripe for picking sure-fired cineplex winners, but it’s rarely the case. Though, it seems that Warner Bros may have a potential hit on their hands due to some very “smart” casting.

Steve Carell (of The Office and The 40 Year-Old Virgin fame) steps into the role of Agent 86, Maxwell Smart in the new Get Smart movie coming out in June. If anybody was placed on this planet to fill the late Don Adams’ phone-shoes, it has to be Carell. Just check out the teaser trailer.

But, Steve Carell isn’t the only smart casting in the new movie. While I’ve got no real opinion regarding the casting of Anne Hathaway since I missed out on The Princess Diaries movies. Alan Arkin as the Chief of Control — brilliant. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is likable. Terrance Stamp (General Zod from Richard Donner’s Superman movies) plays KAOS operative Siegfried (originally beautifully hammed-up by Bernie Kopell). I’m a Patrick Warburton fan, so I look forward to his cameo as Hymie — along with Bill Murray’s cameo.

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