Christopher Lambert Shares His Thoughts About The Highlander Remake

Fellow xaminers, as most you know an atrocity is about to happen in the form of a Highlander remake possibly starring Ryan Reynolds. Earlier this month the original film’s star Christopher Lambert spoke to the Today show about the remake and if he would be interested in making a cameo appearance.

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TODAY’s Genevieve Loh speaks to Christopher Lambert about his new film Ma Bonne Etoile (My Lucky Star) and past legacy and fame he has achieved with Highlander and Tarzan. Hit the 11:16 mark for Lambert’s opinion on the remake.

Does it ever bother you that people always ask about The Highlander and Connor Macleod?

(laughs) No, it doesn’t bother me at all! It’s like if I was asking you the question and (brought up) Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford? First thing you’ll think of is Mad Max, Dirty Harry and Indiana Jones! So, okay, now I think it’s nice! I loved doing that movie. The director was great. The reason why I did it was that the script was opposite of what people thought the movie would be. And the movie was so loved because it was a romantic movie. It’s not an action movie. There is a lot of action, but the romantic side of immortality was the reason. The theme (of the movie) was so (real), and so painful in some ways. This guy is living forever. And all his friends and the love-of-his-life are all dying. And yet he has to carry on living – and living with that pain. That was what I love about the movie.

So the hot rumour is that Ryan Reynolds going to be the new Connor Macleod. What are your thoughts on that?

First of all, I think he’s a really good actor. On top of it, he’s somebody sensitive. If I was the producer or the director, I would go as far as possible away from the original Highlander to try to create a new “original” Highlander. I am talking about the script. Because the combination of what Highlander was about, plus Queen’s music, was unbelievable. So I don’t think a remake would work … I think a good one would be Man On Fire, which was directed by Elie Chouraqui – a French director – and then re-made (in 2004) by Tony Scott. It wasn’t a “remake” of the movie. It was a new Man On Fire. And that’s exactly what I would do with Highlander. You cannot duplicate something, no matter how big it could be. You cannot duplicate The Killer from John Woo; you cannot duplicate Once Upon A Time In The West by Sergio Leone. You can re-do something, but don’t try and copy.

So far the remake has hit a bump in development with the departure of director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo over “creative differences” with the studio and while Ryan Reynolds is the front runner to star, he hasn’t been signed.

My opinion, “In the end, there can be only one.” Please Hollywood no Highlander remake.

Thank you to CBM

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