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They’re remaking The Rockford Files.

That sounds like one thankless task. Oh, it’s doable in the writing, I suppose (although not easy – even some of the original team members stumbled when reviving it as telemovies). But the casting? The role was quite literally designed for the strong and specific talents of James Garner, exploiting his ability to seem too smart to be heroic and yet too heroic to be smart. The Garner performance becomes the target, and thus you cannot get closer to the target than what he achieved. Even if you get amazingly close, thse that remember the original will still feel the need to find fault.

But if you don’t aim for Garner, you don’t have Rockford. And those that care will notice that, those that don’t care… well, for them, why make it “Rockford”?

And yet, if they can give me something that tells solid stories per episode, that deals with the ground-level view of Los Angeles, and which brings the sense of lack of glamor to the P.I., then I will forgive them for striving for the wonderful.

Published in: on July 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

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