Harvey Keitel Kicks A Hole In The 1970s

The American remake of British time-traveling cop show Life On Mars just scored a major coup: Harvey Keitel is replacing Colm Meaney in the role of Detective Gene Hunt. The hard-assed boss who spars with time-lost detective Sam Tyler is probably the hardest role to fill, because Philip Glenister put his mark on the role in the British version. But Keitel could just possibly pull it off. In other casting news, AMC has released some images of the new stars of the new miniseries remake of The Prisoner, the 1960s spy-village drama. I recognized the amazing Lennie James from Jericho, off the top of my head. The names will be released tonight. [EW and AMC]

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Jack B. Quick

I can see this. Much as I like Colm Meany, he'd just be a carbon copy of Phil Glenister, because, well, they look so much a like, and Meany already did a sort of similar character in Intermission. With Keitel, you'd get an original take on the character, plus added (needed) americanization due to the fact that Keitel is a pretty iconic stereotype of the hard-nailed American in most films. But agreed, not so much Bad Lieutenant, that'd be taking it in a bit of a wrong direction :-)