2007-03-23 02:48:16 UTC
By Garth FranklinThursday March 22nd 2007 1:45am
Various people have been vocal about the casting of Gerard Butler as
Snake Plissken in the upcominig "Escape from New York" remake, and now
the original star has weighed in.
Talking with Entertainment Weekly, actor Kurt Russell had some less
than flattering things to say about Butler's casting - and the remake
"When I was told who was going to play Snake Plissken, my initial
reaction was ''Oh, man!'' [Russell winces]. I do think that character
was quintessentially one thing. And that is, American...He's a
fascinating character. In fact, he's the most complex character I've
ever played" says Russell.
So no chance of a cameo by Russell? "F--- that! I am Snake Plissken!
It's like Sean Connery always watching someone else do their version
Meanwhile the original's writer/director John Carpenter tells Suicide
Girls that the film looks to be more of a prequel than the original -
"I don't know that it's a remake. I think it's a lot about Snake
before he gets to New York" says Carpenter.
The director is also perfectly candid about his involvement - "My main
involvement is I read the scripts and make sure the character is the
same character that we wrote originally. I think that would be cool.
My other main involvement in this project is to extend my hand and
have a check placed in it...After 30 odd years of being in the fucking
business, it's nice to not have to do anything and get paid."