Gilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2239 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.
Boeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2209 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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Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2143 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!!
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4349 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2110 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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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.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7879 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (9 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1822 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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BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (9 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 1791 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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