Greg Cox wrote:
Fair enough. Just to be clear, I was mostly objecting to the general principle that certain actors or performances are irreplaceable, which tends to be pop up whenever remakes and sequels are discussed. Me, I'm more inclined to give the new guy the benefit the doubt.
Although I will go to my grave insisting that Julie Newmar is the one true Catwoman . . . .
Don't get me wrong, I do give the benefit of the doubt to the new actors for the most part, I just feel there are certain prtrayals that can't be bettered.
So I guess you must have really hated Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, or every single Doctor after the First Doctor in Doctor Who, too? Those were all original characters "made" by the actors that first played them. But they were hardly the only ones to play them and hardly the only ones to be enjoyed by large numbers of people.
To put it simply, you have no way of knowing if you're going to like a new actor's portrayal until you actually see it. It's the very definition of ignorance to assume otherwise.
Did you even bother to read what I actually wrote? I only ask because you seem to have completely missed the point of what I was saying. What is so hard to grasp about the fact that I was taking about certain roles, and not about recasting roles in general?
Ask for the characters you mentioned; Obi-Wan is different because McGregor was playing a younger version of the character. The Prequel Obi-Wan is a different character than the OT Obi-Wan by virtue of the character aging.
As for The Doctor, again, that's a different kettle of fish. The recasting of the role, and the subsequent change in personality/style, is an intrinsic part of the character, and since I only started watching Who during the Davison era, I pretty much knew that from the off. Having said that, there are still, obviously, some versions of The Doctor that I prefer over others.
Once again, just incase you missed it the first two times; there are only certain roles where I don't think the performance by the actor can be bettered, and there are certain films that I don't see the point in remaking. This does not mean I feel that way about all recasts and remakes ever in the history of film.