Gene "Mr Brady" Hackman

My daughter told me she saw a documentary on FOX (really, a documentary on FOX) where Sherwood Schwartz, the producer of the Brady Bunch, originally wanted to cast Gene Hackman, yes Gene Hackman, in the role of Mike Brady. Wouldn’t that have been a hoot to beat all?

“Shut the fuck up Peter and finish raking the back carpet…er…lawn” or “Get upstairs Carol, put on that leather thing I like.”

If Mr Schwartz had been successful, how funny could that have been? Please feel free to speculate.


Gene Hackman with a perm, wearing polyester leisure suits, driving a brown station wagon, spouting such tenents as “Caveat emptor!”…


I’m having a tougher time seeing Robert Reed in “The French Connection”

Hey, Hackman would have put a delicious, sly edge on the goopy mess…

Hey, he’s a hell of a sneaky comedic actor. Consider the flawless, sneaky, hilarious bit he did as the blind hermit in “Young Frankenstein”.

He BEAMED goodness, he RADIATED good will, and you just wanted to punch him out for being such a nice, well-intentioned menace.

The mind reels; what the man could have done with the role! He would be a pop culture icon now, subversive and intentionally funny.

What if…if only…you’ve created a monster. I’m brain dead. In the ideal world, who would have been Mrs. Partridge? Robert DeNiro as Pa Walton? Harrsion Ford as Mork?


And he stole every scene he was in as Lex Luthor in Superman 2.

He MADE that movie.

In the Brady Bunch? He would have pulled off with style.

Wally Haiku

I’m humiliated beyond belief to tell you your daughter saw that on E!, not Fox–I saw it, too.

Who would have made a good Mrs. Brady? Louise Fletcher? Faye Dunaway? Ohh, I know–Karen Black! “Look Carol, I bought you a real Zuni Warrior Doll–oops, Cindy knocked its necklace off . . .”

I’m moving this to MPSIMS. Please note that there are other forums in this area.

Lynn/SDStaff Lynn
For the Straight Dope

Susan Olsen also mentioned her one “true” porno film credit. She did some sound effects for a friend on some movie. She is not, however, the star of some movie that was circulated quite a bit during Desert Shield/Storm.

How about Harvey Keitel in the role eventually filled by Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now?

Or Burt Reynolds in the role eventually filled by Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

Those would be cool to see. They also wanted to put Natalie Portman in Chow Yun-fat’s role in Anna and the King.

speaking of general weirdness…wasn’t Tom Selleck supposed to be Indiana Jones or something? Ugh, can’t see it.

Yes, Tom Selleck was one of the possibilities to play Indy. I can kinda see it. Also, the documentary Bubba’s daughter saw was on Fox, if you can call it a documentary. “Secrets Behind the Sitcom Scandals.” Woo.

Remember, I’m pulling for you; we’re all in this together.
—Red Green

I was hoping for Jack Nicholson in the role of Mr. Brady . The new Brady Bunch movie would be a remake of The Shining.

I flipped by a few minutes of an Audrey Hepburn bio on TV this weekend and the narrator mentioned that Marilyn Monroe was originally supposed to play Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Then he added, “can you imagine Marilyn in that role?” in a derogatory way.

Now, I like Audrey, but quite frankly I think Marilyn would have been better in that particular role! It was really more up her alley–Audrey Hepburn was too down-to-earth and capable to be believeable as that character.

Though she did look great in those Givenchy frocks . . .