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The Recasting Couch: Ep. 61 The Lost Boys

We finally have our first theme week! We are recasting The Lost Boys, the 80’s vampire classic, but we are only allowed to cast with 90’s actors. Not the easiest task when you’ve got legends like Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, and the Two Coreys involved. In addition to that 80’s royalty, Dianne Wiest is her lovable, hippie self, and Jami Gertz is at her hair-metal-video-style apex. Edward Herrmann also has his nice-guy, single dad next door vibe really working here, until it takes a bit...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 59 Real Genius

After a couple of weeks of technical difficulties we are back on the couch. This week we are joined by the Battin brothers from the What If? Podcast to recast a favorite of all of ours: Real Genius. This movie was so much fun to cast. Val Kilmer and William Atherton are great as enemies and the supporting characters are sufficiently wacky and memorable. The Chris Knight character is among our favorite school aged renegade wise asses. Val Kilmer's charisma carries this movie all the way...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 58 Trading Places

This week we are joined by Mike's hetero life mate, Ian, to recast the 80's comedy, Trading Places. This classic tackles serious social issues relating to socioeconomics and race very delicately and with great nuance. This is no laughing matter. I'm just kidding, they make fun of everyone in a very crass and un-PC way with all of the 80's charm that you would expect. There are a couple of cringe worthy jokes but for the most part, this was a refreshing for a movie to make jokes and not...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 57 Stargate

Sorry for the late post but the universe seems to be against us this week. Maybe it's because of how badly one of us savages this movie. Let's just say that we are not on the same page in regards to our feelings about the quality of this movie. One of us is extremely unkind in his assessment and the other is wrong. Take a listen and see who you agree with.


Con Air

Con Air is our recast of choice this week. We have some split opinions on the quality of this movie and imagine a movie a little darker in tone. We moved heaven and earth to get this out on time, so you jerks better appreciate it. Just kidding, we love you all. Share your picks with us on twitter @recastingpod, or, or email us at Thanks for listening!


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 55 Phenomenon

This week, we talk for entirely too long about Phenomenon. John Travolta plays a Joe Sixpack who gets hit by a ball of light only to get super smart and somehow learns how to bend the laws of physics. It’s like The Matrix if Neo were a corn farmer, and the matrix was actually a massive brain tumor. What’s interesting about this movie is that it’s so dependant on just a few roles that even though the script was really strong, the casting absolutely made this movie. I mean, Travolta and...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 54 The Crow

The Crow is the 1994 neo-noir fantasy film based off of the 1989 comic book series by James O’Barr. Contrary to popular belief, The Crow is not played by Brandon Lee, who tragically died during the filming of the movie. The Crow is played by an actual crow, well...not any actual crows. Only ravens were used in the movie. The idea is that the crow is supernatural. Brandon Lee plays Eric Draven, an innocent young man who is brought back to life by the mysterious Crow one year after him and...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 53 Bad Boys

Bad Boys, baby. Bad Boys for lyfe. The movie that was based off of the 1987 Inner Circle hit song. Or maybe not. Honestly, I can barely understand anything they are singing outside of the chorus, so it could be about Shakespeare for all I know. Either way, the song is catchy as shit, and so is this movie. This was the first film Will Smith did since his big screen debut in Six Degrees of Separation. Up until this point, he was always funny and cool, but this was the first thing to...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 51 The 40 Year Old Virgin

The 40 Year Old Virgin. This episode has it all. Steve Carell’s breakout role that may have shaped the trajectory of his Michael Scott character, forever altering the landscape of modern television comedy. We also have attempted murder. We share the more embarrassing family story outside of The Muskrat Incident. Needless to say this is a must-listen.


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 50 The Sixth Sense

*Please note that we spoil pretty much every M. Night Shyamalan film* Oh, boy. We’ve got a deep, dark brooding movie this week in The Sixth Sense. This was M. Night Shyamalan’s first feature film, and damn did he hit a home run on the first pitch. Haley Joel Osment absolutely carries this movie, and for as good of a job as Night does, if they couldn’t find a child as good as him, then this movie would have been doomed from the start. Outside of Toni Collette, he acts everyone else off the...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 49 Hackers

The deliciously 90’s classic Hackers is on tap for this week’s episode. We’re talking rollerblades, techno, dial-up modems, and 30 year olds playing teenagers. This movie has it all. It was the major feature debut of Jonny Lee Miller (Dade Murphy / Zero Cool / Crash Override), Angelina Jolie (Kate / Acid Burn), and Matthew Lillard (Cereal Killer). Seeing as these are all of the starring roles, we have one question; WHERE THE FUCK DID THE $20 MILLION BUDGET GO TO? We think it’s got to be...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 48 The Untouchables

This week, we have a very important episode*. The Untouchables is a film that we’ve been trying to recast for a while. The first time we tried to recast it, the movie had dropped off the streaming services 6 hours earlier. Once we found out it was available again, we pounced on the opportunity. Except…..I had water pooling in my basement (every homeowner’s nightmare) and had to postpone the recording by several hours. We barely made it through the first segment or so, until I’m pretty sure...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 47 Face/Off

This week we dive head first into one of the most ridiculous of the Nicolas Cage films (and that’s saying something), Face/Off. In addition to a rousing Cage performance, we have John Travolta doing a Cage impression for half of the movie, and it is glorious. John Woo is at his John Wooest. GREAT score by John Powell. This has all the makings of a classic action film, and nobody talks about it.


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 46 Se7en

ThIS wEEK wE uNrAVEL sev7en, THE David Fincher classic. Starring Brad Pitt, in his first non-boy-toy-hey-this-guy-can-kinda-act role. Now, I’m curious if Morgan Freeman knew whether or not Pitt actually had the chops before accepting this role. Maybe it didn’t matter. What’s interesting about the Mills/Somerset relationship is that they didn’t have to be friends. They didn’t have to understand each other. They just had to cover their partner, which both of them did to the best of their...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 45 Cocktail

This week we have a special Recasting Couch After Dark episode, where we recast Cocktail and drink some cocktails. Cocktail is the Tom Cruise vehicle that ignited the flair bartending trend in the late 80’s/early 90’s. While artisanal cocktails and fancy bartending is coming back into popularity, the 80’s version was much more about style over substance. However, we figured it would be fun to go back in time and drink some of the goofy (sometimes made up) cocktails that they mention...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 44 Inside Man

Inside Man, the least Spike Lee movie of all Spike Lee movies is our target for this week. I’m still trying to hunt down the dick that spoiled this move for me a few years ago, but given that, I still enjoyed it immensely. Denzel Denzel’s the Denzel out of his role. Clive Owen Clive Owen’s the Clive Owen out of this role. And Jodie Foster...well...she Foster’s the Foster out of this role. With all of these great actors really working with there material, there’s Willem Dafoe, who basically...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 43 Total Recall (1990)

This week we go to Mars, bitches. That’s right. Mars with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Total Recall is the target of the pod, so get ready for an episode that is OUT OF THIS WORLD. (Mike, I don’t like these new rules that I have to include a dad joke in the blog posts) Set in the year 2084, this Phillip K. Dick inspired movie also stars Rachel Ticotin, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside and Sharon Stone in hear breakout role. Director Paul Verhoven was so impressed with Stone’s ability to go from...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 41 The Prestige

The word "prestige" originally meant a trick, from the Latin "praestigium," meaning "illusion." The Prestige, Christopher Nolan’s follow up to his breakout film Memento. The movie stars Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as rival magicians who would stop at nothing to best each other. This is not to be confused with The Illusionist, which is the other movie about a magicians in turn of the century England that came out the same year. Bale and Jackman are supported by some really strong...