Friday, March 13, 2009

Casting the Live-Action DOUG Movie

Wouldn't you agree that it's about time the world gets to see Doug and his buddies live in the flesh? That's why we at He Shot Cyrus decided to list our dream cast for the live-Action Doug movie.

Doug -- Tobey Maguire

Sure, he's in his early thirties but Winona Ryder played characters decades her younger so why couldn't it work here? Plus, there just aren't that many talented puberty-age actors around right now so Tobey's boyish looks are going to have to work. He's proved that he can play the dorky and socially awkward guy in the Spider-Man movies. Someone's gonna have to figure out how to make him look young and bald. Maybe that only works in cartoons...and on babies.

Patti Mayonnaise -- Blake Lively

Blake Lively has starred in movies like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and... The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2: Electric Boogaloo. Patti was one of the harder roles to cast. Scarlett Johansson didn't seem right. Neither did Joaquin Phoenix, but that wasn't that serious of a suggestion. Lively emanates fun and light-heartedness and seemed like a solid choice.

Skeeter -- Kel Williams

Who else could play Skeeter?
Some things are just meant to be.
I bet Nickelodeon could get him for a good price too.

Roger Klotz -- Ben Foster

I cannot stand Ben Foster. This isn't anything new, anyone who reads HSC at least semi-regularly, is aware of my feelings for Foster. Nothing personal against the guy, it's not like I've ever met him and he refused to autograph my 3:10 to Yuma DVD or anything. There's just something about him that rubs me the wrong way. Ever since his over-the-top performance in Hostage, I've done all I can to avoid his projects...however, he ends up in tons of movies I'm interested in, so I've seen way more Ben Foster movies that I've ever wanted to. That being said, part of the reason he's so unlikable is because he can play a really hateable bad guy. If Roger's supposed to be anything, it's unlikable. Throw a leather jacket on him, dye his hair orange, and just let him act naturally. It's a surefire formula for a great antagonist.

Judy Funnie -- Natalie Portman

This was actually the hardest casting decision. Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt were considered but we eventually decided on Portman because of her Harvard education, her interests in other cultures, and because she's just talented. If anyone can think of someone else to play Doug's older, beatnik sister, let me know.

Mr. Dink -- Jeff Garlin

Surprisingly, this was the very first face to pop in my mind when I saw the picture of Mr. Dink. Doug's eccentric neighbor was often one of the funnier characters on the show and anyone familiar with Garlin knows how hilarious he is. If you haven't watched "Curb Your Enthusiasm" before, now is the time. Garlin's really perfect for this role. He's got the build, the unique voice, and the humor. Maybe someone should just make a live-action Mr. Dink movie. Screenwriters, start typing.

So, there it is. The casting for the live-action Doug movie. Any glaring mistakes? Changes you'd make. I'd like to hear your feedback on this one.


Heather said...

You're right. There couldn't be a better Mr. Dink.

J.D. said...

I LOVE this post.

elgringo said...

Heather -- Thanks! I certainly couldn't think of one.

J.D. -- Thanks to you as well. Tell your friends.

Joel Bocko said...

Great cast - but especially, ESPECIALLY Kel Williams. Brilliant.

My only request is for more. Chaulky? Bebe (was that her name - the rich girl)? The mayor? The Beets?

And what about Porkchop?

I assume this film would pick up old-school Doug where it left off, rather than follow the thread through Brand Spanking New...?

Joel Bocko said...

And I really don't know why, but the Portman picks is surprisingly astute. Well-played.

Karen said...

LOL. Good picks!

Anonymous said...

Doug Funnie - Shia LeBouf

Judy Funnie - Maggie Gyllenhaal


Alicia said...

Oohh, I like this idea! I've got to agree with merrymintviolet's suggestion of Maggie Gyllenhaal for Judy Funnie. While I like the idea of Portman, Gyllenhaal even looks more like Maguire [& Judy] than Portman, is more naturally beatnik-like, and has that odd vocal quality like Judy.

As for Patti, I think Hayden Panettiere would fit the attitude of the role better. She's already an established, talented actress like Lively. However, Lively is almost too pretty to play Patti. Plus, Hayden even looks the part more & her height might suit both the role and Maguire better.

Unknown said...

i agree completely with your choices of who should play who

but a few things

#1 its Kel Mitchell not Kel Williams ( and he would be perfect.

#2 Ever since FlashForward (late 90's kids show) I've loved Ben Foster and he further proved my opinions of him in xmen,punisher,alpha dog and especially in bang bang your dead.Not saying he is or isn't a prick in real life.

#3 I dont think that Rodger is suppose to be an unlikeable character or a "villian" in the show at all. Granted i got that impression from him when i was a kid but going back and watching the show lately i dont get that vibe from the show or him at all.

and on a side not when i think of JUDITH the person who always comes to mind is the chick from saved by the bell: the college years, because she was really weird, artsy and an drama major and she kinda looks like her (

love the picks though man

Unknown said...

in my particular opinion I don't like the idea to take so serious actors to make a simple cartoon like this, you must be more serious like Kamagra Jelly this have a seriously effect.

Nick said...

I'd say Anton Yelchin for Doug...

And how dare you hate Ben Foster!

bigj0110 said...

this is what ill do ill have it start off in cartoon or live action it does not matter & have it rehashing the doug funny from nick & disney then have it say blank years later & i would it when doug is in college