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Miss I.
06-04-2010, 07:27 AM
Inspired by The Rev's Spiderman thread, I wonder what other Characters are considered to be untouchable, including ones that were remade more popular (e.g. Pacino as Tony in Scarface is technically more popular than the original film from the 1930s) or made worse by sequel or remake (e.g. Psycho's Norman Bates...freaking Vince Vaughn, really). So the poll above will include 10 Icons and an other so you can vote for your favorite Icon and why he or she should be left alone.

Cheers.

PS - Here's a website of one take on iconic characters http://www.empireonline.com/100-greatest-movie-characters/default.asp?c=100

This also came about because I was bored after spending most of the day fixing my refrigerator, stupid refrigerator. ;D

oubronco
06-04-2010, 07:34 AM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_NqhdO5sZ4x4/Rsy3wH4MjRI/AAAAAAAACNc/_M3dJJLMudk/s320/bart-simpson-4.jpg

Dedhed
06-04-2010, 08:12 AM
How is Clarice on the list, and not Hannibal?

Miss I.
06-04-2010, 08:30 AM
How is Clarice on the list, and not Hannibal?

Honestly, I was trying to add another strong recent female character that's readily identifiable and I couldn't put both of them on the list. Probably should've gone with Julie Andrews as either Maria in Sound of Music or Mary Poppins.
At any rate, that's why there's an "other" option. Personally, I can't stand Tony Montana, but I know he's an iconic character.

Smiling Assassin27
06-04-2010, 08:32 AM
agent 007, James Bond.

Smiling Assassin27
06-04-2010, 08:34 AM
Honorable Mention(s): Inspector Clouseau and Rocky Balboa

Miss I.
06-04-2010, 08:35 AM
I voted Norman Bates, partly because I am still irritated by the casting of Vince Vaughn in the remake. Actually, I am irritated by the presence of the remake, it's pointless. And I believe that Anthony Perkins career truly was set after that movie. He was pretty much Norman Bates from that point on. Technically I suppose I should've included Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal for the same reason. Oops.

Miss I.
06-04-2010, 08:37 AM
agent 007, James Bond.

He's iconic certainly but he's been recast and ably played by many actors, got a preference? My fave bond is Sean Connery, but I really like Daniel Craig too.

Smiling Assassin27
06-04-2010, 08:37 AM
Honestly, I was trying to add another strong recent female character that's readily identifiable and I couldn't put both of them on the list. Probably should've gone with Julie Andrews as either Maria in Sound of Music or Mary Poppins.
At any rate, that's why there's an "other" option. Personally, I can't stand Tony Montana, but I know he's an iconic character.

Sandra Dee from Grease. :peace:

Crushaholic
06-04-2010, 08:45 AM
Honestly, I was trying to add another strong recent female character that's readily identifiable and I couldn't put both of them on the list. Probably should've gone with Julie Andrews as either Maria in Sound of Music or Mary Poppins.
At any rate, that's why there's an "other" option. Personally, I can't stand Tony Montana, but I know he's an iconic character.

Lara Croft, Tomb Raider

As for the poll, I went with Atticus Finch. I loved that you included him. We actually contemplated naming a future son, Atticus...:thumbs:

Smiling Assassin27
06-04-2010, 08:47 AM
Lara Croft, Tomb Raider

As for the poll, I went with Atticus Finch. I loved that you included him. We actually contemplated naming a future son, Atticus...:thumbs:

Beats the hell out of Boo...

SonOfLe-loLang
06-04-2010, 08:48 AM
Big Lebowski - The Dude

Miss I.
06-04-2010, 09:11 AM
Lara Croft, Tomb Raider

As for the poll, I went with Atticus Finch. I loved that you included him. We actually contemplated naming a future son, Atticus...:thumbs:

That is my favorite book, ever. And actually as far as Gregory Peck goes, he was pretty much Atticus forever after that, though he did make a lot of other great films, Cape Fear and Roman Holiday. Hmm, perhaps I need to vote again. ;D

I don't know about Lara Croft, frankly I kind of think she's a bit too shallow a character. I would've put Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but the film is camp and the Buffy I would've wanted is Sarah Michelle Gellar which was TV. I find more iconic females in TV than film as a general rule.

I love Kate Hepburn for instance, but I am not certain I could specify a role that is so specifically identifiable to her (though I love love love Philadelphia Story and Brining Up Baby), whereas Audrey Hepburn can be tied to Holly GoLightly in Breakfast at Tiffanys.

Smiling Assassin27
06-04-2010, 09:40 AM
Sophie (Meryl Streep) in Sophie's Choice was one for the ages as well.

Zoobie
06-04-2010, 09:53 AM
Blondie(aka Clint Eastwood) - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Pretty much every great movie performance, i'm so SICK of movies being remade. It isn't broke, YOU CAN'T make it any better, it doesn't need to be remade with sparkly special effects, LEAVE IT ALONE. Here's a novel idea, come up with your own original idea(maybe even one not based off a comic).

bfoflcommish
06-04-2010, 09:57 AM
http://www.critical-end.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/clark-griswold.jpg

Beantown Bronco
06-04-2010, 10:14 AM
agent 007, James Bond.

There was a HUGE fan uprising when Daniel Craig was cast as the new Bond. People were practically rioting in the streets. Funny how all that went away, though, minutes after Casino Royale hit the big screen. That was one "risky" pick that paid off big time for the franchise.

Beantown Bronco
06-04-2010, 10:18 AM
Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. Can't take this latest guy in the reboot seriously.

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter. He could've held out for a billion dollars for the last two HP movies and they would've had to pay him. Make fun of the franchise and him all you want, but there's no way they would want to re-cast him right now.

Miss I.
06-04-2010, 11:06 AM
There was a HUGE fan uprising when Daniel Craig was cast as the new Bond. People were practically rioting in the streets. Funny how all that went away, though, minutes after Casino Royale hit the big screen. That was one "risky" pick that paid off big time for the franchise.

Love Daniel Craig. He's my favorite right after Sir Sean Connery of course. Plus as a bonus for the girls we got him coming out of the water all hot and stuff...sighhh. Not that I don't love Pierce, but for me, he is always Remington Steele, I loved that show.

and yes Robert Englund is a better Fred Krueger, but I have to say, they killed the series with too many smart aleck remarks. He's scarier when he says less. I liked some of the things in the remake, though I agree with somene else's assessment that the lead girl was not nearly as strong as the original Nancy who was a great improvement on most "Final Girls" in horror being strong, intelligent and proactive in setting traps to catch Freddy. Maybe they should just stop remaking movies and come up with something new. That'd be nice.

underrated29
06-04-2010, 11:10 AM
sorta surpised no one has mention harry potter yet.

Beantown Bronco
06-04-2010, 11:15 AM
sorta surpised no one has mention harry potter yet.

look up 2 posts!

underrated29
06-04-2010, 11:19 AM
look up 2 posts!



And it was posted like an hour before mine so I cant say I type slow either.


TOUCHE!

oubronco
06-04-2010, 12:51 PM
Daisy Duke in them shorty shorts

Doggcow
06-04-2010, 01:08 PM
I think Leonard Nimoy qualifies.

Miss I.
06-04-2010, 01:27 PM
Daisy Duke in them shorty shorts

In no world I am in, will I ever list Jessica Simpson as Iconic...for the sake of all that is of value, she dated Tony Romo.

as for Mr. Nimoy, absolutely Spock is iconic.

Bronco Yoda
06-04-2010, 02:04 PM
What? No Bambi Woods????

http://www.businessvoyeur.com/files/bambi_woods.jpg

oubronco
06-04-2010, 02:08 PM
Daisy Mae Duke is a fictional character, played by Catherine Bach, from the American television series The Dukes of Hazzard. She was the cousin of Bo and Luke, the main protagonists of the show, who were themselves cousins to each other, and the three lived on a farm on the outskirts of Hazzard County with their Uncle Jesse.

http://www.theexpressionist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/daisy_duke_jeep_legs.jpg

http://scoop.diamondgalleries.com/public/news_images/4/80017_198247_2.jpg

http://knucklesunited.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Chiller2004-CatherineBachGlossy.jpg

Miss I.
06-04-2010, 02:15 PM
What? No Bambi Woods????

http://www.businessvoyeur.com/files/bambi_woods.jpg

Uh no. Besides is she really the iconic porn starlet? I guess the Debbie films are iconic in themselves, but the actresses not so much. I say, if you gotta go iconic porn film and star would be the Emmanuelle films with Sylvia Kristel, Krista Allen or Natasja Vermeer. They show these films like every night in England.

Of course there is always that Jenna Jameson chick who just scares me when I look at her or that other one that went legit, umm, Traci Lords...I'd go with Zack and Miri Make a Porno for her, just seems right somehow.

;D

Miss I.
06-04-2010, 02:21 PM
Daisy Mae Duke is a fictional character, played by Catherine Bach, from the American television series The Dukes of Hazzard. She was the cousin of Bo and Luke, the main protagonists of the show, who were themselves cousins to each other, and the three lived on a farm on the outskirts of Hazzard County with their Uncle Jesse.

http://www.theexpressionist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/daisy_duke_jeep_legs.jpg

http://scoop.diamondgalleries.com/public/news_images/4/80017_198247_2.jpg

http://knucklesunited.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Chiller2004-CatherineBachGlossy.jpg

well i was going with iconic film characters, but I agree she and her shorts are iconic via the TV medium absolutely, like the Farrah hair in Charlie's Angels. And TV does have a lot more iconic women I think.

Kaylore
06-04-2010, 02:22 PM
I voted for Scarlett, but I liked Rhett more.

Put me down for Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, Bette Davis as Margo in All about Eve, Orson Wells as Harry Lime in the Third Man and finally Ingrid Bergman as Alicia Huberman in Notorious. Those last two are my favorites.

Miss I.
06-04-2010, 02:26 PM
I voted for Scarlett, but I liked Rhett more.

Put me down for Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, Bette Davis as Margo in All about Eve, Orson Wells as Harry Lime in the Third Man and finally Ingrid Bergman as Alicia Huberman in Notorious. Those last two are my favorites.

I like Rhett more also, but I was trying to keep from putting more than one character from a movie up there and she really is iconic, enough so, to inspire Ms. Carol Burnett to do one of the best skits in history about her (that makes me laugh so hard everytime).

And definitely Newman, thouigh I guess my personal fave is his Butch Cassidy, though I do love Long Hot Summer with Joanne Woodward (that movie gets me all hot and bothered). And Orson Welles is the man, again I love Citizen Kane, but more for the cinematography than anything else. And Notorious is fabulous, I love her and Cary Grant (but I love him best in His Girl Friday and Rosalind Russell is equally impressive).

I like Bette Davis, but am more a fan of Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity and Stella Dallas.

Doggcow
06-04-2010, 03:11 PM
What about Ahhnold as T-1000?

Or probably my favorite character of all time:

http://www.alltopmovies.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/pulp_fiction_jules.jpg

Miss I.
06-04-2010, 03:21 PM
actually both of those, I seriously considered the fellow pictured as I love him.

Kaylore
06-04-2010, 03:31 PM
I like Bette Davis, but am more a fan of Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity.

She was so hot in that. The first desperate housewife.

TerrElway
06-04-2010, 09:48 PM
Indiana F*****g Jones!

spdirty
06-04-2010, 11:07 PM
Rambo!

ShutDownPoster
06-04-2010, 11:33 PM
Jeff Spicolli.
Kaiser Soze.
The entire cast of Animal House.
Snake Pliskin.
...let me think some more...

randomtask
06-04-2010, 11:40 PM
http://images.pictureshunt.com/pics/d/darth_vader_lightsaber-11326.jpg

Bronco Boy
06-05-2010, 12:23 AM
HELLO???

http://thenextstage.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/dude-the-big-lebowski.jpg

Doggcow
06-05-2010, 12:57 AM
You'd have to take them as a pair IMO, but still noteworthy.


http://actionflickchick.com/superaction/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/BoondockSaintsPrayer2.jpg

Killericon
06-05-2010, 12:58 AM
http://filmjournal.net/mjocallaghan/files/2007/08/west3.jpg

Miss I.
06-05-2010, 02:27 AM
You know, I've decided my new favorite icon, is Dr. Horrible. He makes me laugh, he makes me well actually not cry, and makes me laugh until I snort in a very unattractive yet amusing way.

<object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/mXI3obHfwgU&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/mXI3obHfwgU&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="385"></embed></object>

Of course it's not a film per se, it's a blog, but still Neil Patrick Harris just tears it up, yo!

Bronco Yoda
06-05-2010, 06:41 AM
Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken

http://www.filmjackets.com/FILM_JACKETS/ESCAPEFROM%20NY/EscapeFromNY-001.jpg

Are they still trying to remake this movie?

rodr88
06-05-2010, 08:17 AM
Jose Wales

But I was glad to see someone put the Boondock Saints up. Love them.

Miss I.
06-05-2010, 01:33 PM
Okay, how is it that freaking Tony Montana is beating Tim Tebow? that's simply not okay.

Oh my other icon would be Kermit the Frog as voiced by Jim Henson, most of the voices after that kind of suck I think.

Killericon
06-05-2010, 05:11 PM
Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken

http://www.filmjackets.com/FILM_JACKETS/ESCAPEFROM%20NY/EscapeFromNY-001.jpg

Are they still trying to remake this movie?

http://www.videogamesblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/metal-gear-solid-peace-walker-big-boss-artwork.jpg

Both Solid Snake and Big Boss are heavily influenced by Plisken.

tsr28
06-05-2010, 09:53 PM
Smiling Assassin's avatar...

Kaylore
06-05-2010, 10:19 PM
You know, I've decided my new favorite icon, is Dr. Horrible. He makes me laugh, he makes me well actually not cry, and makes me laugh until I snort in a very unattractive yet amusing way.


Of course it's not a film per se, it's a blog, but still Neil Patrick Harris just tears it up, yo!

My wife (NO. 1) has a huge crush on Nathan Fillion. We watch Castle every week, and as a big Firefly fan I don't mind.

Miss I.
06-05-2010, 10:41 PM
My wife (NO. 1) has a huge crush on Nathan Fillion. We watch Castle every week, and as a big Firefly fan I don't mind.

Yes, I too love Nathan Fillion. What's not to love, he's funny and cute. Being funny is possibly the sexiest thing ever (well, if combined with being kind, not a fan of asshats who are mean). He's got that whole goofy, yet cute vibe working for him. And Firefly is awesome, sighh, why do the cancel the good ones... Did you ever see the Halloween episode of Castle where he dresses up as Mal, hee hee.

Kaylore
06-06-2010, 12:08 AM
No! I need to find that one...

Houshyamama
06-06-2010, 12:33 AM
Indiana ******g Jones!

Yeah, Harrison Ford as Indy was my vote.

A few more:

Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Schwarzenegger as the Terminator
Keanu Reeves as Neo
Heath Ledger as The Joker

Also, putting in Clarice Starling and not Hannibal Lector made me laugh. I know you were trying to put more women on the list... but that was a stretch. What about Audrey Hepburns "Breakfast At Tiffany's" character?

Doggcow
06-06-2010, 02:52 AM
Yeah, Harrison Ford as Indy was my vote.

A few more:

Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Schwarzenegger as the Terminator
Keanu Reeves as Neo
Heath Ledger as The Joker

Also, putting in Clarice Starling and not Hannibal Lector made me laugh. I know you were trying to put more women on the list... but that was a stretch. What about Audrey Hepburns "Breakfast At Tiffany's" character?

For the record I called for T-1000 with my Jules post :)

Houshyamama
06-06-2010, 10:46 AM
For the record I called for T-1000 with my Jules post :)

My bad :notworthy

Miss I.
06-06-2010, 01:24 PM
I wanted a strong female character, but iconic probably doesn't apply to Clarice unfortunately. I acknowledged as much in an later post. However, part of what I was getting at was also what characters should not be recast, and frankly though I love Julianne Moore, she was not Clarice, Jodie Foster was. Hannibal was that much worse for it (though it's piece of crap of a book and film anyway). Yes, Hannibal is iconic, but not more than say Norman Bates so that's how it shook out.

As for Breakfast At Tiffany's, I think Audrey is more of the icon than the role itself, same as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Julia Roberts (though it truly pains me to say that as I find her annoying). Of all the women on the list, probably the best one is Ripley, nobody could do that role better than Sigourney Weaver and I would kick the crap out of them if they recast it.

I did consider Julie Andrews for both Mary Poppins and the Sound of Music.

At any rate, it's a matter of taste and also didn't want to make a top 100 list (though coincidentally I got an Ent Weekly today with their top 100 characters today).

JPEZ
06-06-2010, 09:26 PM
http://www.csie.nctu.edu.tw/~movies/new/plot/FerrisBueller.jpg

STBumpkin
06-06-2010, 09:56 PM
Clint Eastwood in "The Man With No Name" trilogy

TheReverend
06-07-2010, 05:29 AM
agent 007, James Bond.

Rocky Balboa

^ These

Along with Conan and Indiana Jones

I'd completely agree with Vader, but the only time you see him outside of the suit (outside the mangled form in Episode 6) they already COMPLETELY blew it with the casting.

Miss I.
06-07-2010, 08:57 AM
Ya'll missing the point. Its more than is the character iconic, so much as which character is so iconic that recasting them is either impossible or should be taken up with very careful thought? I missed some that should be there. Maybe nobody is untouchable (except maybe Sean Connery).

Though I wonder what people would consider the worst casting or recasting blunders?
my thoughts:
1. All the Anakin Actors in the SW prequels, all annoying, whiny and weak. Accept Only the original, James Earl Jones and the really tall guy in the suit.
2. Seriously love Vince Vaughn, except in Psycho, lame, lame, lame
3. David Soul as Rick Blaine in Casablanca the TV show circa 1983, seriously? that starsky and hutch guy as Humphrey Bogart? Really? That's just not right. luckily the show only air 5 episodes...feckin morons
4. Stephen Weber as Jack Torrance in The Shining Miniseries (though I will say Rebecca DeMornay as the wife so much better than Shelly Duvall who annoys me)