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  • - Eddie Murphy was unstoppable.

  • - I like him, he's great looking.

  • (jabbering)

  • Throw her in there, Snoop would approve.

  • - You can't recast "Trading Places", don't even try it.

  • - You could try.

  • (typewriter clicking) (upbeat music)

  • - Hi everybody, welcome to "The Recast".

  • My name's Ian Fidance.

  • - And I am Reggie Conquest.

  • - And today we are recasting "Trading Places"

  • which in my opinion

  • is the greatest Christmas movie of all time.

  • - And it's still funny to this day.

  • 1983.

  • - It still holds up. - It still holds up.

  • - It's still so funny, man.

  • - It's here to stay.

  • - That's what I'm saying. - It's like the

  • Mount Rushmore of movies. - Mount Rushmore

  • of comedies. - Comedies, yes, yes, alright.

  • - Eddie Murphy was unstoppable in the 80s.

  • Anyway, anyway, let's go to the recast.

  • - [Reggie] Let's do it.

  • - We're gonna recast Louis Winthorpe,

  • originally played by Dan Aykroyd,

  • and my choice for it is, the amazing, the talented,

  • Robert Downey Jr.

  • (funky music)

  • Dan Aykroyd, in the movie, he loses everything,

  • he becomes a degenerate alcoholic

  • and then wins it all back

  • and that's basically the Robert Downey Jr. origin story.

  • I mean the 80s and 90s, he was like

  • the bad boy of Hollywood, he woke up in a stranger's house,

  • he had an incident at Burger King

  • and, you know--

  • - [Reggie] Yeah, he was like a alcoholic.

  • For like a long time. - Yeah.

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah.

  • And Dan Aykroyd turns into like an alcoholic in the movie

  • so he could just be like, "I'm gonna go back and really,

  • "I did method for this for like years."

  • And he's redeemed himself.

  • And that's what Dan Aykroyd does in this movie.

  • Robert Downey Jr., my pick, beat it.

  • - [Reggie] I also went with a superhero in 2020.

  • I went with Ryan Reynolds.

  • (funky music)

  • - [Ian] Oh.

  • - I didn't put that much thought into it.

  • I think he's good lookin, he sounds like Deadpool

  • in everything he plays and I love him.

  • I think he'd be good. - Uh-huh.

  • - Everything he does, I just see Deadpool

  • so a rich Deadpool and I think he'll be great

  • as Louis, what's his last name?

  • (Ian laughing)

  • Winthorpe. - Winthorpe.

  • (both laughing)

  • - Every time I see Ryan Reynolds, he's the same guy,

  • "Just Friends", "Deadpool"-- - Oh, that was

  • such a good movie.

  • - Yeah, it just was. - Like snarky, like--

  • - Yeah, snarky, quick, like, you now,

  • snappy. - Gorgeous abs.

  • - Yeah. - I like him.

  • (laughing) - That's it.

  • I like him, (laughing)

  • he's great looking.

  • - Okay, alright, go for our pick.

  • Who, if we had to pick one, like rock-paper-scissors,

  • final round, ready? - Okay.

  • - [Both] One, two, three.

  • - Robert Downey Jr. - Robert Downey Jr.

  • - I'll agree. - Yeah.

  • - [Reggie] I'll agree with you on that.

  • - [Ian] Put him on the board.

  • - [Reggie] Robert Downey Jr. is a great pick.

  • - [Ian] Thank you.

  • All right, second character.

  • Billy Ray Valentine, originally played

  • by the iconic Eddie Murphy and I choose the recast

  • as Lakeith Stanfield.

  • - I know who that is.

  • He played in,

  • He just played in something.

  • He played in - He played in a lot, buddy.

  • - [Reggie] He played in "Get Out."

  • - Yeah. - In the opening scenes.

  • Yeah, I remember, I remember.

  • - [Ian] Yes, and who else?

  • What else has he been in?

  • - I don't know. - You're about to lose

  • your black card. - No, no, no, I don't know.

  • But go ahead,

  • why would you pick him. - "Atlanta"?

  • - Oh shit.

  • - Yup. - He raked that.

  • I don't want that in there.

  • I know he's from Atlanta.

  • Okay, okay. - Uh-huh, yup.

  • "Uncut Gems".

  • I think he would be great.

  • He's hot right now, he's new on the scene.

  • He could really channel crazy Eddie Murphy

  • and be a wild character and play somebody

  • who's like this wild, obnoxious, homeless guy

  • and then really own the part of being like

  • this smart business acumen of planning this master plan

  • to get back at the evil brothers.

  • - But I don't think he does much

  • like comedy. - Comedy?

  • Well see, that's why it's great

  • because you wouldn't expect it.

  • - [Reggie] I'm a go with Billy Ray Valentine,

  • none other than Idris Elba.

  • - [Ian] I knew it.

  • - Yeah.

  • He's a gem.

  • He's underrated.

  • He plays-- - Underrated?

  • Everybody knows how good he is.

  • - No, no, no, no, no, no.

  • - He's Mr. James Bond.

  • - Yeah, he should be James Bond.

  • - How can he be underrated?

  • - 'Cause he's not James Brown.

  • James Bond. (laughing)

  • James Brown. (chuckling)

  • Get up now. ♪

  • - [Reggie] He's funny, he's tal--

  • And he got that accent, ah-la-la, like he's just

  • all around-- - So you think

  • Billy Ray Valentine should be an English guy

  • in Philadelphia? - Yes, yes.

  • Idris Elba's a gem.

  • Alright, so let's pick.

  • - [Ian] On three.

  • One, two, three, shoot. - Idris Elba.

  • - [Ian] Idris Elba.

  • - He's seasoned, he's funny, he's a DJ. He's--

  • - But do you think he could do comedy?

  • - Yes.

  • Absolutely.

  • He was in "The Office".

  • - No he wasn't. - Yes he was.

  • - Was he?

  • - [Reggie] Yeah.

  • - Oh, he was.

  • - Oh, you lost your white card.

  • (laughing)

  • You lost your white card.

  • - Dammit!

  • I got nothing left.

  • Alright, next, we're gonna recast Ophelia,

  • originally played by Jamie lee Curtis.

  • The best Christmas gift is Jamie Lee Curtis's tits.

  • They're just so glorious and like perfect

  • and 80s and perky.

  • She plays the role so great, I think it would be hard

  • to recast her but my recast choice is Helena Bonham Carter.

  • (funky music)

  • - Mm. - Do you know who that is?

  • - Absolutely.

  • - Who?

  • - Helena Bonham Carla.

  • Wait, what did she play in.

  • - Oh my god.

  • "Fight Club".

  • You never saw "Fight Club"?

  • - I have but I just remember

  • Brad Pitt (voice drowned out) - Remember, she's like

  • every girl in Tim Burton movies?

  • - [Reggie] Okay, why would you pick her?

  • - Okay, I think she would be great

  • because she would play like a real deadpan--

  • Basically her character from "Fight Club" is Ophelia.

  • - All right, look. - Who would you pick?

  • - [Reggie] Yeah, nobody's gonna know who that girl is,

  • so my pick was none other than Madea.

  • (laughing)

  • I got a little silly on it.

  • And not even Tyler Perry 'cause

  • when Tyler Perry is Madea he is Madea.

  • That's it.

  • She carries a pistol in her purse,

  • if you are familiar with her, and she's a rider.

  • You know, like this lady was.

  • - [Ian] I've feel like Madea would like really take away

  • from it 'cause she's such a big character,

  • I feel like she would then be the focus

  • and it wouldn't be "Trading Places",

  • it'd be like, Madea does bad by herself.

  • - I think your pick was awful, I think my pick was better.

  • Point blank.

  • - Okay, well I'm gonna pick mine to spite you.

  • - Okay, well. - Okay, on three.

  • - Madea'll beat this little

  • white girl up. - One, two, three.

  • Helena Bonham Carter.

  • - [Reggie] Whatever, Helena Bonham Carla,

  • I can't even say her name.

  • (laughing)

  • - [Ian] So our final two characters

  • are the iconic Randolph and Mortimer Duke,

  • those old racists, originally played

  • by Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche.

  • I would recast them as (jabbering)

  • Eddie Murphy in old, white-guy face.

  • Like, remember in "Coming to America"

  • when he plays the old Jewish barber

  • and like another white guy?

  • - I didn't know that.

  • I didn't know that. - See, he's so good,

  • you don't even know it.

  • So wouldn't that be great and it's a throwback

  • to the original, to Eddie Murphy in the original movie.

  • Recasted, have him as the old racist white guys

  • and it would be great to have him play

  • alongside himself.

  • - Your pick is like my

  • Madea pick. - Madea?

  • - Yeah, just silly, just like.

  • Okay, so I went with Betty White and Martha Stewart.

  • - [Ian] Wow.

  • - [Reggie] I just figured Betty, she's older now,

  • she's not gonna be with us too much longer.

  • Give her a job. - Throw her one last hurrah.

  • - Yeah, and there's two women, you know.

  • - I think Martha Stewart and Betty White

  • would be a good combo because the original

  • Randolph and Mortimer Duke,

  • there was like one really bad guy,

  • and the other was kinda had like the softer heart.

  • - [Reggie] Yeah, I think Martha Stewart

  • can be the really bad one

  • and then Betty can be, yeah. - Betty White would be like

  • the kinder, like foil to her evil whiteness.

  • - I think they would be perfect.

  • Betty White and Martha Stewart for sure.

  • - [Ian] Wow,okay, if we were to pick one,

  • I think Betty White and Martha Stewart would be great.

  • - [Reggie] Hey man, I know my old whites.

  • - Alright, so let's recap our new cast

  • For Louis Winthorpe, originally played by Dan Aykroyd,

  • we picked Robert Downey Jr.

  • (laughing) - For Billy Ray Valentine,

  • played by Eddie Murphy, we agreed on

  • Idris Elba. - Idris Elba.

  • For Ophelia, originally played by Jamie Lee Curtis,

  • we picked Helena Bonham Carter.

  • - [Reggie] And for--

  • - [Ian] Randolph and Mortimer Duke.

  • - [Reggie] We went Betty White and Martha Stewart.

  • - Okay, final word, you can't recast "Trading Places".

  • It's iconic, it's incredible, don't even try it.

  • - You can try.

  • You can try. - But you'll fail.

  • (typewriter clicking) (upbeat music)

- Eddie Murphy was unstoppable.

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