Chris Pine Should Not be Jack Ryan, Rush vs. the NFL and New Trailers

16 Oct

 I liked Star Trek, alot. It was an interesting, and in many ways truly faithful, reboot of the classic sci-fi series, and Chris Pine as Captain Kirk was good. But Pine fit the concept that director/producer/nerd king J.J. Abrams was going for. The sci-fi action drama with a little day time soap opera  in there for the ladies. A concept that really isn’t that far off from Gene Roddenberry original series. But lets but all that aside and focus on Chris Pine, he worked for the concept – young, brash, attractive. He brought the sex, for the ladies. But I just don’t see that translating into Jack Ryan.

Just so we are all on the same page here, Variety reported earlier this week that Pine was in serious negotiations to step into the role of Jack Ryan in a reboot of the Tom Clancy franchise. Paramount reportedly expects Pine to officially sign onto the project as it starts to come together, as the script is still being developed.

George Clooney was first rumored to be interested in rebooting the franchise, but Paramount was looking for a younger Ryan. More in line with Ben Affleck in Sum of All Fears (2002). But if you’ve seen the original run of movies Hunt for Red October (1990), with Alec Baldwin, and then Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Dangers (1994) with Harrison Ford, you saw a character that was basically gritty honesty with a wholesome family and a little bit of James Bond action hero. This character is pretty true to the Clancy novels, and would fit into the current movie culture as that kind of hero hasn’t really been the focus in recent action flicks. And it’s not like there is a dirth of material to draw from as Clancy has written 13 installments for the character and his friends/progeny.

But I just don’t see Chris Pine as a gritty anything. He’s more of a young-slapdash kind of actor. The rebel. This really isn’t Jack Ryan. Ryan is a former marine, who becomes an intelligence analyst and ultimately President. But basically, he is a serious man who plays things by the book and always does the right or moral thing. I just don’t see Pine in that kind of a role.

Just a minor nerd rant, that the bloggers union makes me do every now and again.

Thunder Awards

brought to you by beatnik hard liquors…drink to forget

Winner of the Week: Oliver Wahlstrom, this kids is 9 years old…it’s simply incredible and even more incredible to do it successfully at the Boston Garden in a competition. Then again he lives in Maine…so he probably spends most of his time playing hockey, as there wouldn’t be much better to do up there in almost Canada. But still impressive.

Loser of the Week:Rush Limbaugh, for getting cut from the team of rich SOB’s who are trying to buy the St. Louis Rams. This decision came after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made overtones that Rush’s incendiary commentary would not fit in with the other owners. I’ll translate the commissioner, “if I may, the players are loud and problematic enough without Rush making more PR problems for us.”  

I have to give it to Rush though, shortly before he was dropped from the bid he had this to say on his radio show:

“This is about the ongoing effort by the left in this country, wherever you find them, in the media, the Democrat Party, or wherever, to destroy conservatism, to prevent the mainstreaming of anyone who is prominent as a conservative. Therefore, this is about the future of the United States of America and what kind of country we’re going to have.”

You just have to appreciate his commitment to craziness here. Not to say he’s always wrong, although usually he is, but in this case the NFL has a pretty decent track record of liking owners with big wallets not mouths. You don’t see any Mark Cuban’s in the NFL for a reason. Honestly, I can’t blame them they have enough image problems with Michael Vick (2 years in prison, went into bankruptcy), Dante Stallworth (DUI manslaughter  25 days in prison, 1 year league suspension) and Ray Lewis (had a guy stabbed to death – no jail time, no suspension). I just like to point the sentences out to add to the craziness of all these situations. So why would the NFL want to add a race baiting, firebrand like Rush to their already considerable high risk PR community.


New Trailer (s): Dear Jon – aka Stop-Loss meets the Notebook

                                Edge of Darkness – Mel Gibson, I can’t figure out if he’s trying to do a Boston accent or if they Departed made people think you had to do that to make an action movie dramatic.



One Response to “Chris Pine Should Not be Jack Ryan, Rush vs. the NFL and New Trailers”

  1. cynthia October 21, 2009 at 3:52 am #

    you are very disrespectful to the State of Maine… in very poor taste. i hope all of your subscribers realize your prejudice for such a lovely state

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