Golden Girls - The Movie

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    Jun 11, 2010 5:27 PM GMT
    I was reading an article about possible TV shows that could successfully transition to movie (a la the first SATC movie). The Golden Girls was mentioned and it got me to thinking...who would make a good cast? Tell me what you think...

    Dorothy - Big Momma (AKA Martin Lawrence)
    Sophia - Granny Klump (AKA Eddie Murphy)
    Blanche - Dame Edna (AKA Barry Humphries)
    Rose - Euphegenia Doubtfire (AKA Robin Williams)

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    Jun 11, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    much of the enduring charm of this sitcom was/is the individual actresses playing the characters. yes, the script and soundstages were good, the actresses were better.

    these talented, years-of-experience veteran actresses could say more with a raised eybrow, body movement or facial expression than most "divas" could do with a page of dialog.

    i don't see HOW a casting director could improve on the original four....so why try???
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    Jun 11, 2010 6:18 PM GMT
    rnch saidmuch of the enduring charm of this sitcom was/is the individual actresses playing the characters. yes, the script and soundstages were good, the actresses were better.

    these talented, years-of-experience veteran actresses could say more with a raised eybrow, body movement or facial expression than most "divas" could do with a page of dialog.

    i don't see HOW a casting director could improve on the original four....so why try???

    I agree. It wasn't as much what they said, but how they went about doing it. Any new cast I can think of would pale in comparison to the original actresses.
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    Jun 11, 2010 6:32 PM GMT
    It's known as ensemble playing. Sex in the City has it, Will & Grace had it, Seinfeld had it, Golden Girls had it. Either the magic is there, or it isn't.

    There are some reports that the late Rue McClanahan had unkind words for Bea Arthur, for not wanting to subordinate herself to ensemble playing, having previously had her own starring series (Maude). But even then, they held it all together, a joy to watch the 4 of them play off each other. The sum was indeed greater than the parts, but the parts were pretty damned good, too.

    Regarding a movie, I can't see it, at least not while people still remember the original Golden Girls cast. The tried a Beverly Hillbillies movie a few years ago, completely recast from the original TV sitcom, and you see where that went. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 11, 2010 6:53 PM GMT
    Wilton saidIt's known as ensemble playing. Sex in the City has it, Will & Grace had it, Seinfeld had it, Golden Girls had it. Either the magic is there, or it isn't....


    agree! anyone recall the first "bob newhart show" from the early 70's? i recently viewed many of the episodes (on youtube); was impressed how good a sitom it was, espically for that time period!! icon_cool.gif

    it "had it" also, IMO. icon_exclaim.gif