Sometimes, if you’re a movie geek, you just suddenly find yourself in recasting mode. It comes with the territory. You’re watching a performance – maybe an acclaimed, expertly played one – yet something in you just senses the part clicking a little ( or a lot) better with another performer onboard. You play out the movie in your head till finally your (recast) version’s as real as the actual one. Then you start wishing other people could see THAT movie.
Apologies to those whose names actually appeared on the credits. Your paycheques have been cashed, your nominations and awards are irrevocable, your laurels remain intact. Someday (for better or worse) technology will probably make infinite recasting feasible. For now, indulge me. Play these alternately populated versions in your head. And I suspect you’ll soon be thinking of the films you’d recast.
P.S. Although, of course, the whole thing’s a flight of fancy, I’ve imposed one rule as a concession to reality. The substitutes must have been more or less contemporary to the project at hand. Hence, no Catherine Zeta-Jones in “Gone with the Wind” or Betty Grable in “Chicago”. Other than that, the sky’s the limit. It’s an open casting call.