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  • - It's movie magic, folks.

  • - Damn it, that's good.

  • - I like what we've created here.

  • - I would definitely watch that.

  • - [Both] Obviously.

  • - Welcome to The Recast.

  • I'm Alison Leiby.

  • - I'm Patrick Monahan.

  • - And today, we are gonna be talking about

  • my favorite film of all time, "My Cousin Vinny".

  • They could do 50 versions of this film,

  • and I would never get enough of it.

  • - I love it.

  • Maybe not as much as you, but.

  • - This is gonna be a very heated debate

  • 'cause I have some strong opinions on

  • what a new version of this movie would be,

  • even though the original is flawless.

  • We'll go through our first two.

  • But then we'll kind of see

  • which couple makes the most sense.

  • So the first role, the lead role,

  • the iconic role, Vinny Gambini, played by Joe Pesci.

  • I wanna do kind of something a little bit different here,

  • a bit of a gender swap.

  • I chose Cardi B.

  • - [Patrick] Okay.

  • - I think that she is super funny.

  • I think that she has that zaniness and that,

  • you know, very New York,

  • which I think is something that this role is identified by.

  • Everybody's like, "Youse,"

  • and I feel like her pronunciation and language

  • and the way she speaks is so funny.

  • That's mine.

  • - Okay.

  • I didn't go as big a change.

  • I went with Tony Sirico,

  • who was Paulie Walnuts in the Sopranos.

  • - Why him over anybody else from the Sopranos

  • or from the world of, like, those style movies and shows?

  • - I think I like his character the most

  • in terms of his sort of matter-of-factness.

  • I wanna see him do the two-finger point

  • with the pinky ring at somebody.

  • I think you're gonna get a lot of really good

  • new legal terms that are not--

  • - [Alison] Absolutely.

  • - I just think he's hilarious,

  • intentionally or unintentionally, for that matter.

  • And he can play a little bit heartwarming.

  • He was at least on one episode of Sesame Street.

  • So, you know, he's not gonna terrify the audience too much.

  • - I guess.

  • - I guess, so yeah, that's my pick.

  • - Okay, so for Mona Lisa Vito,

  • which is played brilliantly by Marisa Tomei,

  • who won the Oscar, very well deserved,

  • Zac Efron.

  • If I'm doing Cardi as Vinny,

  • I need a attractive, comes off maybe dumb at first,

  • but actually is trustworthy, which is what she does.

  • I wanna see him stamping his foot about positraction

  • with her ... He does the whole thing with her accent.

  • That's the concede.

  • - Okay, he's got the--

  • - He's doing the Mona Lisa Vito, like, "Vinny!"

  • Like that, but it's Zac Efron saying it.

  • And we're talking, like, "Neighbors" Zac Efron,

  • like, chiseled, not this puffy one.

  • - Okay, Zac Efron's puffy now?

  • I guess I must have--

  • - I don't know, I mean, he's always hot.

  • It doesn't matter.

  • - Okay, fair enough.

  • I went with somebody

  • who might be a little bit controversial here,

  • Cardi B.

  • - [Alison] Did you really?

  • - [Patrick] I did.

  • - Can we do a Cardi B, Cardi B,

  • she plays it like Sandler

  • in that movie where he plays his own twins?

  • - Like a "Jack and Jill".

  • - Yeah, a real "Jack and Jill"

  • "My Cousin Vinny" of Cardi B.

  • - Yeah, like a fake beard and red velour suit.

  • I mean, that's what he wears.

  • - With the ruffled top, yeah.

  • - Questioning herself on the sand.

  • - I would watch--

  • - [Patrick] I might see that.

  • - I would definitely watch that.

  • I think it's an interesting take.

  • They're both insane characters,

  • which she is.

  • - I have real questions

  • about Zac Efron's ability to do the accent.

  • I've gotta be honest with you.

  • - Yeah, I don't know that he has the chops.

  • He's so funny and so great.

  • He might not be right for this.

  • Can we settle on a Cardi B, Cardi B?

  • - [Patrick] I think we have to do it.

  • - I think we have to.

  • - We're betting a lot on Cardi B here.

  • - We are betting a lot on Cardi,

  • but honestly, I think she can handle it.

  • - [Patrick] Okay, I like it.

  • - [Alison] All right, we are going Cardi B

  • for Vinny Gambini.

  • And we're also going Cardi B for Mona Lisa Vito.

  • - [Patrick] Sold.

  • - I think that's a perfect casting already.

  • So the next role is Judge Chamberlain Haller,

  • which is played by Fred Gwynne.

  • I like the gravitas and the seriousness

  • and the white Southernness of all of it.

  • So I went Patricia Clarkson.

  • Patricia Clarkson is a lady character actress.

  • She is that lady in a lot of things,

  • whereas a lot of guys are, like, that guy.

  • She was amazing dramatically in "Sharp Objects",

  • but I feel like her comedic roles

  • are so much more interesting.

  • So I'm going with her.

  • - Okay.

  • I went with another that actor, that guy type person.

  • I went with Delroy Lindo.

  • - [Alison] Delroy Lindo?

  • - Yep, you probably don't know who that is by name.

  • I know who that is by name and face and everything,

  • everything he's been in,

  • because I have a very specific brain disease--

  • - Sure, clearly.

  • - That prioritizes information like that over, you know,

  • memories and important things about loved ones.

  • - Of course.

  • - I guarantee you've seen him.

  • He was in "Gone in 60 Seconds".

  • He's one of the two cops chasing Nicholas Cage.

  • He's in "The Core", one of the scientists

  • who develops the machine to go to the core, obviously.

  • He's got a certain warmth to him, I think, that helps.

  • And Fred Gwynne is, you know, he was Herman Munster.

  • He does have that sort of imposing, Southern gentile thing.

  • But also, he's got a little bit of kind of comedic chops.

  • And I think Delroy Lindo can kind of pull that off.

  • - And I feel like that's kind of important in this role.

  • There needs to be that little bit of sympathy,

  • which I don't know that Patricia Clarkson

  • always gives off a ton of sympathy

  • when she's playing very intensely.

  • So maybe yours is the better one here.

  • I will concede.

  • So for Judge Chamberlain Haller,

  • instead of Fred Gwynne,

  • we're going with Delroy Lindo.

  • All right, so the last role that we're gonna recast

  • is Jim Trotter, who was played by Lane Smith,

  • the Southern opposing lawyer.

  • - [Patrick] He's trying to put the Karate Kid in jail.

  • That's what it comes down to.

  • - [Alison] There you go.

  • That's how you would explain this movie to people.

  • So I have chosen Laura Dern.

  • I feel like she'd be really good at playing that fake nice,

  • like, "Oh, I'm being so nice,"

  • but secretly knowing that she's not helping at all

  • 'cause I think she's really good at playing nasty.

  • And she's so good in Big Little Lies.

  • - For me, the thing about the prosecutor

  • in "My Cousin Vinny" is it's somebody who has

  • a kind of smarmy attitude.

  • It's somebody you wanna see lose obviously,

  • 'cause you're rooting for the guy