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In Reply to: RE: The new Death Wish looks like it might be good. posted by geoffkait on August 04, 2017 at 04:32:29
Could never beat out Charles Bronson. He owned that series of great crime-drama films. Like the Dirty Harry series, CB, had excellent humor as he killed off scumbags.
Bronson has a film persona that made for a perfect chemistry in the original film. His seemingly inbred humility made him the ideal broken man. Whereas Willis always has similarly strong persona, but it's built on a smug, throwaway self confidence and charm. I don't think it's right for the part, if the filmmakers want to create an updated homage to the original. Bronson always had a coal miner type strength, and underneath so much more. Think of the fighter in "Hard Times' or as Danny the Tunnel King in "The Great Escape." He was a tough guy, but you could feel his inner pain. You gotta remember the era when the first DW came out. NYC was a city in trouble; dirty, failing and out of control, one step ahead of bankruptcy. He had the craggy, beat up face that well represented that battle. Now Bronson rode that franchise into the ground, like Willis did with "Die Hard." All that said, this is a different era, and this new film will probably be the right reboot for this type of "old guy as hero" concept. I hope it's great, actually.
...and think in these times Willis is a good choice.
I think Jason Statham might have been a better choice, but perhaps not for the box office.
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