Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Casting Coup: Raging Bull

Best Picture, Irwin Winkler/Robert Chartoff
Best Director, Martin Scorsese
Best Actor, Robert De Niro - WON
Best Supporting Actor, Joe Pesci
Best Supporting Actress, Cathy Moriarty
Best Cinematography, Michael Chapman
Best Film Editing, Thelma Schoonmaker - WON
Best Sound, Donald O. Mitchell/Bill Nicholson/David J. Kimball/Les Lazarowitz

I trust I do not need to go into my love of Raging Bull again - after all, of the ten categories we covered for the 1980 Oscars flashback, I voted for it in all five categories it was up for. Scorsese has always been concerned with the practiced peacocking of American masculinity and virility; what could be better than a sports drama set in the world of boxing, where fighting prowess makes you a winner?

The cast assembled for Raging Bull was raw. Flawlessly so. No one is ever going to match that. So I'm not even gonna try - the best I can do is offer the best people for the job now. And here they are. I think.
Jake's wife. She met him at a community pool when she was 16. She eventually left him after eleven years, three kids, and numerous fights - fights where he took his anger out on her.

Originally played by: Academy Award/Golden Globe Nominee for Best Supporting Actress (Raging Bull)
Cathy Moriarty

My Choice:
Madelaine Petsch (The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, TV's Riverdale)
Between yesterday and today, can you tell I've been watching Riverdale? Petsch plays Cheryl Blossom, and she's fabulous, spitting and hissing, shining in quieter moments. She can explore all that more unguardedly with a role like this.

Jake's younger brother, a former boxer himself who manages his brother's career - and wants to be respected within the mob circles.

Originally played by: Academy Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor (Goodfellas), Golden Globe Nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Raging Bull, Goodfellas)

Joe Pesci

My Choice: SAG Award Nominee for Best Ensemble (Bobby)
David Krumholtz (10 Things I Hate About You, The Judge)
I can't get this idea out of my mind. It would mean some shape-shifting on Krumholtz's part, but he could knock this out of the park.

World Middleweight Champion. Boxer, sometime actor, club owner, standup comedian, memoirist. Not an animal.

Originally played by: Hollmann Award Winner for Best Actor (Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy), Academy Award Winner for Best Actor (Raging Bull) and Best Supporting Actor (The Godfather Part II), Golden Globe Winner for Best Actor - Drama (Raging Bull), BAFTA Award Nominee for Best Actor (Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas), SAG Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Silver Linings Playbook) and Best Ensemble (Marvin's Room, Silver Linings Playbook)

Robert De Niro

My Choice: Hollmann Award/Golden Globe Nominee for Best Actor (Inside Llewyn Davis)

Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
And speaking of actors who could knock a role out of the park...

Who do you think is worthy of filling the large shoes of the original Raging Bull?

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