Tenshot: Executive Decision (1996)

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Will Truman

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  1. Avatar Jaybird
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    I’m still irritated at the “just use your magic wand” line.Report

  2. Avatar Doctor Jay
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    This may be the best use of casting as misdirection in the history of filmdom. Brian Dennehy’s part in Silverado is runner-up, but wow, what a twist that was when Seagall bites it.Report

    • Avatar Pinky in reply to Doctor Jay
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      The best casting misdirection I’ve ever seen was Gabriel Byrne in Enemy of the State. So much so that I wonder if he got sick during filming or something like that.Report

      • Avatar DensityDuck in reply to Pinky
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        I kept thinking it was supposed to be a cameo–like “look kids, it’s Famous Actor Gabriel Byrne!”–but no, it just seems they had him just for that bit.

        There were a lot of weird little bit parts in that movie–like, the whole Late-90s Comedy Brat Pack was in there for some reason (and fitting in really well, Jack Black made a perfect NSA nerd).Report

        • Avatar Pinky in reply to DensityDuck
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          It’s kind of a Chekhov’s Gun scenario. You don’t cast a big actor in a small part in a spy story unless he ends up having an important role at the end.

          That reminds me. I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve heard that Steven Seagal signed onto the movie as is, then lobbied to have his character somehow cling onto the airplane for a surprise twist at the end.Report

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