With the Escape From New York reboot back on track (yay!), it’s cool to hear from the man who played one of movie history’s awesomest badasses.
Actor Kurt Russell, who donned the eyepatch for both Escape From New York in 1981 and its sequel, Escape from L.A.,15 years later, spoke to Empire Magazine about Snake Plissken and what is needed to make the character (the interview was conducted before the news that the reboot was going ahead) and why he thought Gerard Butler (300, Olympus Has Fallen)—who had been previously rumored for the role—was wrong:
“There are two guys who really do know Snake Plissken and the Escape world. Number one, John [Carpenter]. Number two, me. When it comes to Snake, I can tell you one thing... he’s American. It’s really important that he’s American. There’s a reason why that great fight in the arena [in Escape From New York] is with a baseball bat. That’s American, OK? He knows what he’s doing with that bat in his hand! I thought Gerard Butler was great in 300.
“The problem is not Snake, you can find a good Snake. You gotta get John Carpenter. Escape From New York is just weird because of the way he sees the world, man. He sees it slightly off. It’s his world, it’s a night world. This is his thing.”
So did Kurt Russell just say an American actor was needed for the role and that Butler was wrong because he’s Scottish (but does a convincing American)? Or that the character needs to be American (which, of course, duh)? The comment is rather ambiguous.
In the first case, the producers need to dismiss their two potential contenders for the role of Plissken, Jason Statham (The Transporter, Crank) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), right this instant, since both actors are British.
But seriously, there are loads of actors capable of playing Americans, including Americans. (For ages some people actually thought House's Hugh Laurie was American, when he's in fact quite British. The same goes for Homeland's Damian Lewis.)
We think the role should ultimately go to the best guy, making the best Snake Plissken. Just saying.
Do you guys agree?
(via Empire Online)