QUICK CUTS – BAD-ASS ACTION TEAM (PART 2 OF 2)
(Quick Cuts created by Michael Arruda)
Welcome to another edition of QUICK CUTS, that column where brevity is key.
There sure are a lot of action movies/thrillers coming out in September— DRIVE, STRAW DOGS, THE KILLER ELITE, ABDUCTION— which got me to thinking: last year, Sylvester Stallone collected a bunch of tough guys to star in his action pic, THE EXPENDABLES. So, we asked our panel of experts, if they had the same choice, if they could gather a group of tough guys— or gals— to star in an all new kick-ass action flick of their own, who would they choose? We asked them to limit their choices to five picks.
~ Michael Arruda
Here are the rest of the answers:
Here’s my team, which uses some movie magic to resurrect or rejuvenate some members for the movie, THE SCOWL SQUAD:
Clint Eastwood – Either old and crusty or young and trigger-happy, it doesn’t matter—no one’s tougher!
Bruce Lee – the undisputed martial arts master.
Sean Connery – 1960’s James Bond vintage—the spy’s spy.
Diana Rigg – 1960’s Emma Peel vintage—beautiful, deadly.
King Kong – because every tough team needs a giant ape!
I know that Quick Cuts is “that column where brevity is key,” but since Michael Arruda listed three separate teams, I will too.
Just a team of random ass-kickers:
Uma Thurman – The Bride from KILL BILL Vol. 1 and 2 (2003 and 2004)
Charles Bronson – Paul Kersey from DEATH WISH (1974)
Clint Eastwood – Dirty Harry from DIRTY HARRY (1971)
Gunnar Hansen – the original Leatherface from THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
And Nicolas Cage as himself
Special Guest Star: Danny Trejo as MACHETE (2010)
And for the overseas market:
Toshiro Mifune – from countless Akira Kurosawa films, especially YOJIMBO (1961)
Chow-Yun Fat – 1980s Hong Kong version – from several John Woo movies, especially THE KILLER (1989)
Bruce Lee – from ENTER THE DRAGON (1973)
Eihi Shiina – as the sadistic Asami in AUDITION (1999) or as Ruka from TOKYO GORE POLICE (2008))
Min-sik Choi as OLDBOY (2003)
And one just for the kids-
Chloe Moretz – Hit Girl from KICK-ASS (2010)
Chiaki Kuriyama – GoGo Yubari from KILL BILL Vol. 1 (2003)
Harvey Stephens – Damien Thorn from THE OMEN (1976)
Linda Blair – the possessed Regan McNeil in THE EXORCIST (1973)
Patty McCormack – Rhoda Penmark from THE BAD SEED (1954)
That’s all folks!