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What Is Steve Martin Thinking?  
User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

Does anybody really believe that even Steve Martin can do a better job with Inspector Clouseau than the late Peter Sellers? I've seen some of the trailers and I just can't see myself parting with the cash. I'll be waiting to see what kind of reviews this movie gets and in particular Steve Martin. I've always enjoyed his films, I can still watch "The Jerk" and end up in fits but I really think he should have left this to someone else.

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User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

I agree...I think Steve was not meant for this role. Although he is arguably the greatest comedic actor of all time, some roles just don't "fit". For the record, my favorite Steve Martin movie is "Bowfinger" (absolutely hilarious!)

Just my $0.02 (CDN)

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User currently offlineGEEDO From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 366 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

Personally, I respect Steve Martin for taking the great challenge of recreating the role of Inspector Clouseau.

The producers are the ones I question, for this is a role that no one could ever duplicate or even come close. How sad it is that they felt that they had to try, but that's Hollywood.

There are actors that are great at playing the role of the fool/baffoon, and Peter Sellars was the best.



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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

Quoting GEEDO (Reply 2):
Personally, I respect Steve Martin for taking the great challenge of recreating the role of Inspector Clouseau.

The producers are the ones I question, for this is a role that no one could ever duplicate or even come close.

I agree. Peter Sellers was unique. I never really was a fan of his, except for his Clouseau schtik. It was so over-the-top and outrageous, nobody could possibly come afterward and claim the role for his own.

I haven't seen the new movie, but I expect that the gags have been dumbed down. Americans have this terrible habit of taking european classics and making them acceptable to Hollywood - i.e. happy endings, dumb jokes, etc.

Can anyone imagine if American TV networks had gotten their hands on Blackadder, and tried to redo it? Ugghhh!!


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1695 times:

Jim Carey would have been a better choice I think. I don't find Steve Martin funny at all.

User currently offlineKevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1674 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 4):
Jim Carey would have been a better choice I think. I don't find Steve Martin funny at all.

Well.....EXCUUUUUUUUUUSE MEEEEEEEEE!!  biggrin 

Billy Bob Thorton would have been better.

Johnny Depp would have been even better.

Izzy Izzard would have been fantastic!



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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1664 times:

I'll join the chorus, Sellers marked this role permanently as his. I doubt I'm going to see the movies, just from the previews, Steve Martin's attempts at the physical comedy and guilelessness of the role look forced and totally slapstick.


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User currently offlineKevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1658 times:

Anybody see Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr in "The Magic Christian"?

Very off beat. One of my favs.



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

Quoting Gilligan (Thread starter):
I'll be waiting to see what kind of reviews this movie gets and in particular Steve Martin

The early reviews, posted on Yahoo, say that the film and Steve Martin are not at all funny and this film should not have been made.



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

Quoting BCAL (Reply 8):
this film should not have been made.

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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5111 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

Remakes usually aren't a good idea to begin with but Clouseau could be in far worse hands than Steve Martin's.

The real question: Who in thier right mind would cast Beyonce Knowles in ANYTHING. Oh right, she's a pop star playing a pop star. S-T-R-E-T-C-H!



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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1541 times:
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I can not wait to see it.


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User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1528 times:

Quoting BCAL (Reply 8):
The early reviews, posted on Yahoo, say that the film and Steve Martin are not at all funny and this film should not have been made.

Yes, I just looked at those and last night when I got home I happened to see a trailer on TV. Just looked awful. Really forced and not funny.

Quoting Kevinl1011 (Reply 5):
Johnny Depp would have been even better.

I hadn't thought of that buy you are absolutley right.

Another missing element, Blake Edwards.


User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1479 times:

I honestly thought it was hilarious.

I almost coughed up a lung laughing so hard.


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12567 posts, RR: 46
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1430 times:
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I've been in the US for the last couple of weeks and seen trailers on TV - it looks painful. no 


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User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1403 times:

Quoting Brokenrecord (Reply 13):
I honestly thought it was hilarious.

You need to rent "A Shot in the Dark" with Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, and Elke Sommer directed by Blake Edwards. You will cough up that lung as well as cry like a baby from laughing so hard. Honestly, the scene where Peter Sellers and Elke Sommer are on the way back into town from the nudist colony is one of the true classic comedy cinema scenes of all time.


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1376 times:

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 3):
Americans have this terrible habit of taking european classics and making them acceptable to Hollywood - i.e. happy endings, dumb jokes, etc.

Well they did cast Beyonce Knowles in the damn thing.


I vaguely remember the original Pink Panther, and to be honest when I think of the Pink Panther I think of the cartoons rather than Peter Sellers.


While Steve Martin is a very talented comedic, and dramatic, actor, he often makes some very poor choices in the films he makes. A bad remake of Pink Panther is certainly one of them. Though I will hesitate to pass judgement b/c many of his movies are often underrated and are not fully appreciated until years later.



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User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1361 times:

Hmmmm.

A remake of a classic series, starring an actor who seems to be following Eddie Murphy into doing "kid movies" and has a theme song about Beyonce's rear end. Brilliant!

Common sense would say "Bomb", but we're talking Hollywood, so it'll make a ton of money.



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User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17510 posts, RR: 45
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1357 times:

Quoting Gilligan (Thread starter):
Does anybody really believe that even Steve Martin can do a better job with Inspector Clouseau than the late Peter Sellers? I've

Nope...this movie looed like a complete train wreck from the moment I saw the first preview.



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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1345 times:

I recall that after Peter Sellars' death, two Pink Panther films were released - one of which was out takes and/or deleted scenes from all the Panther films in which Sellars had starred and which had been put together to make a disjointed film, and the other cast someone (perhaps a well-known French or Italian star) as Closseau. I be damned if I can remember that actor's name, but both films were disasters and probably finished off the Pink Panther for good, so Steve Martin took on a bigger risk with yet another remake.


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User currently offlineTristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1338 times:

Quoting BCAL (Reply 19):
I recall that after Peter Sellars' death, two Pink Panther films were released

From 1982 "Trail of The Pink Panther"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084814/

From 1983 "Curse of The Pink Panther"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085384/

From 1993 "Son of The Pink Panther" w/Roberto Benigni
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108187/



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User currently offlineCFCUQ From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 712 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1337 times:

Quoting Kevinl1011 (Reply 7):
Anybody see Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr in "The Magic Christian"?

If you want it, here it is, come and get it ............ that ending was classic !!


User currently offlineSmokescreen From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1300 times:

Quoting Tristarenvy (Reply 20):
From 1982 "Trail of The Pink Panther"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084814/

From 1983 "Curse of The Pink Panther"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085384/

From 1993 "Son of The Pink Panther" w/Roberto Benigni
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108187/

This ill-advised remake looks worse than any of these. Metacritic rating of 39%:

http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/pinkpanther


User currently offlineTSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1292 times:

That scene in one of the movies with a blind John Bluthal was a classic. Somehting like :

"Does your Daug bite?"

"No"

"Grrraaagggghhhhh"

"I thought you said your Daug does not bite!"

"It's not my Daug"



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User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1288 times:

Quoting Gilligan (Thread starter):
Does anybody really believe that even Steve Martin can do a better job with Inspector Clouseau than the late Peter Sellers?

A reviewer I heard on the radio said that the role should have been played by Kevin Kline, not Steve Martin.

I like Martin -- he was funny in The Man with Two Brains, for example. But I also think that Kline is funny, and maybe funnier. Kline's funniest role was probably in A Fish Called Wanda.


25 Gilligan : Kline or Depp would have been a better choice.
26 Scbriml : Is this your minkey? Are you blind?
27 HatTrick : I can't remember his name, but for some reason the guy who plays Monk seems like he'd be a good Clouseau.
28 Post contains images ShyFlyer : I suddenly have a craving for a werm mango.
29 BCAL : Perhaps Rowan Atkinson would be a better choice to play Closseau?
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