Posted by Alia Haddad on November 15, 2011 at 12:10 am
Make no mistake about it: Spike Lee is my guy. I know, I know. This is quite a controversial statement. I guess not everyone feels the same way as I do about the more-than outspoken director. And I am more than willing to admit that he’s had his fair share of flops. But here’s the thing: when Spike Lee does something right, he REALLY does something right (ahem, Do The Right Thing, The 25th Hour, Kobe Doin’ Work). So, when Lee announced he was remaking the 2003 South Korean hit, Oldboy, about a man who has five days to find who has been keeping him kidnapped for 15 years, my ears more than perked with excitement.
This excitement and anticipation continued to build when news broke that Lee cast Josh Brolin in the role of the kidnapped man. I mean, don’t get me wrong. My affinity for Brolin is no where near as substantial and influential as the one I have for Lee, but let’s be real, when Brolin does something right, he REALLY does something right (ahem, No Country for Old Men, Milk, True Grit).
So, considering Oldboy is going to be a Spike Lee joint, one that will feature Josh Brolin in a lead role, I have been waiting patiently (as patiently as anyone can) to see who Lee will cast opposite Brolin in the role of the film’s villain.
Well, this is certainly a big day, indeed, as The Playlist is reporting that Lee has offered the job to Colin Firth. Yes, you read that right. Colin Firth. Oscar-winning, Bridget Jones’s staple, accent-producing-swooning Colin Firth. That Colin Firth! Oh, I like this. If Spike Lee has capitalized on one thing, it’s his ability to deviate from expectations. And he is doing just that in doling out the offer of Oldboy villain to traditional good-guy Colin Firth.
So what now? Well, we wait. We wait until Colin Firth realizes this could be an epic, Oscar-winning move on his part. Hopefully this realization will come soon, so that I can go on anticipating and waiting and tapping my foot. Come on, Colin! Don’t fail me now.