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    GusF

    [41]Aug 27, 2005
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    nel68 wrote:
    So I'd say you're both right!!


    I agree!
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    fastfilm

    [42]Aug 27, 2005
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    I have an ongoing joke with a Swiss friend who claims that every single famous person was in fact Swiss. Oscar Wilde? Swiss! Nelson Mandela? Swiss! Then we fire back that William Tell was American.

    More re-casting: I wish Jeremy Brett were still around, for both our "Prisoner" re-casting, and whatever else one could have seen him in.

    I've got it. Derek Jacobi in the Leo McKern #2 role.
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    GusF

    [43]Aug 27, 2005
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    fastfilm wrote:
    I have an ongoing joke with a Swiss friend who claims that every single famous person was in fact Swiss. Oscar Wilde? Swiss! Nelson Mandela? Swiss! Then we fire back that William Tell was American.

    I've got it. Derek Jacobi in the Leo McKern #2 role.

    1. The difference between me and your friend is that McGoohan is Irish although he has spent little of his life there. And, as I'm sure you know, so is Oscar Wilde although the Brits sometimes claim that he was British. Like Brenda Fricker said, "When you are lying drunk at the airport, you're Irish. When you win an Oscar, you're British." And Bono and Sir Bob Geldof, two of Ireland's finest musicians, were both in the list of Top 100 Britons even though they are both as Irish as you can get. In fact, Geldof himself said "First I've heard of it!" when he saw he was considered a Briton...But I ramble on.

    2. Tell your friend McGoohan lived in Switzerland for a while in the 60s. I bet he/she will get a kick out of that!

    3. Derek Jacobi would be great but I've got another unconventional suggestion: Richard Dean Anderson (who unfortunately isn't Irish), the star of "MacGyver" and "Stargate SG-1"! (Hurray! Hurray! APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!) He can do fairly light comedy or serious drama equally well and after playing good guys in two long running series, playing a villian would be a nice change of pace. He can be really creepy when he has to be too! I've been a big fan of his for years but I've never seen play one before, besides a few odd happenings in "SG-1", although I know he has played two or three.
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    fastfilm

    [44]Aug 27, 2005
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    I agree with you Gusf, I mentioned Wilde because I respect his Irishness as well as his talent.

    But the globalness occasionally obfuscates. Are Tina Turner and Shania Twain Swiss because they now live there? I also believe Mel Gibson was born in the U.S., but family then moved to Australia. In the U.S. we have a joking term bi-coastal for people who live on one coast but work on another. I wonder if there's similar slang for voluntary locale transplants.
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    GusF

    [45]Aug 29, 2005
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    fastfilm wrote:
    I also believe Mel Gibson was born in the U.S., but family then moved to Australia

    But he's still an Aussie and, by that logic, McGoohan is definitely Irish.
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    fastfilm

    [46]Aug 29, 2005
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    And yet McGoohan was born here, and currently lives here, having done so since the 1970's. I would call him a dual national.
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    GusF

    [47]Aug 29, 2005
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    He could live in Xanadu for all I care as long as everyone recognises that he's Irish.
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    fastfilm

    [48]Aug 29, 2005
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    It's good to be proud to be Irish. I'll not dispute further.
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    GusF

    [49]Aug 29, 2005
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    I couldn't be more proud to be Irish! And I'm glad you know realise that I was right.
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    fastfilm

    [50]Aug 29, 2005
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    But does that make Tina Turner Swiss?
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    GusF

    [51]Aug 29, 2005
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    1. I thought you were going to drop this!

    2. No because McGoohan was born to Irish parents and raised, at least for a while, in Ireland but, as far as I know, both of Tina Turner's parents were American and not Swiss.
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    fastfilm

    [52]Aug 29, 2005
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    Okay, so back to re-casting. Doesn't anyone here know the actual plans McGoohan once had to remake "The Prisoner?" At one point IMDb had it up as possible production schedule in 2001, then it disappeared. Hollywood sources (where I live, industry friends) confirmed he had tried to explore it.
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    GusF

    [53]Aug 30, 2005
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    fastfilm wrote:
    Okay, so back to re-casting. Doesn't anyone here know the actual plans McGoohan once had to remake "The Prisoner?" At one point IMDb had it up as possible production schedule in 2001, then it disappeared. Hollywood sources (where I live, industry friends) confirmed he had tried to explore it.
    I don't know personally. He probably would've cast himself in it anyway!
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    nel68

    [54]Aug 30, 2005
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    I just had a quick search on Google, and it seems there were rumours in '03 that Tyrese Gibson would play the lead.
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    GusF

    [55]Aug 30, 2005
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    nel68 wrote:
    I just had a quick search on Google, and it seems there were rumours in '03 that Tyrese Gibson would play the lead.


    Whose Tyrese Gibson? Never heard of him.
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    fastfilm

    [56]Aug 30, 2005
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    Tyrese Gibson was in "Fast & Furious 2," and "Baby Boy." He is quite the looker, and comported himself well in "Baby Boy." I would hire, however, Mos Def over Gibson any day for smoldering intensity and actual acting chops.
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    GusF

    [57]Sep 25, 2005
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    I think that someone like Robert Vaughn would make a great Number Two as well.
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    crazyrhythm

    [58]Sep 26, 2005
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    The Man From U.N.C.L.E.? Hmmm....now you've got me thinking of David McCallum for #2.
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    GusF

    [59]Sep 26, 2005
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    crazyrhythm wrote:
    The Man From U.N.C.L.E.? Hmmm....now you've got me thinking of David McCallum for #2.

    Already suggested that actually.
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    crazyrhythm

    [60]Sep 26, 2005
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    Sorry, its been a while.
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