I know the ’80s was the greatest decade ever, but what is with all the remakes lately?!? And to make matters worse is that Dudley Moore’s iconic character will be played by Russell Brand. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Garner and Nick Nolte are in talks to join the cast. Helen Mirren is also set to star in the movie.
Arthur is the story of a rich, happy drunk with no ambition. He is also an heir to a huge fortune, which he is told by his mother that will only be his if he marries a woman of her choosing. He does not love the woman, but she will make something of him the family expects. Arthur proposes to her, but then meets a poor girl who he falls in love with.
The original movie was a huge hit in 1981, and John Gielgud won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in his role as Arthur’s butler, Hobson. The film also earned another Academy Award for Best Original Song with “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” which was performed by Christopher Cross. There’s no truth to the rumor that Justin Bieber will remake the theme song for the new movie.
Here are some memorable quotes from the original movie:
Arthur: All I can tell you is, I wish I had a dime for every dime I had.
Susan: A real woman could stop you from drinking.
Arthur: It’d have to be a real BIG woman.
Susan: Arthur, will you take my hand?
Arthur: That would leave you with one!
Arthur: [while taking a bath] God, isn’t life wonderful, Hobson?
Hobson: Yes, Arthur, it is. Do your armpits.
Arthur: A hot bath is wonderful… Girls are WONDERFUL!
Hobson: Yes, imagine how wonderful a girl who bathes would be. Get dressed.
Hobson: Thrilling to meet you, Gloria.
Hobson: Yes… You obviously have a wonderful economy with words, Gloria. I look forward to your next syllable with great eagerness.
Arthur: It’s terribly small, tiny little country. Rhode Island could beat the crap out of it in a war. THAT’S how small it is.
Hobson: Would you remove your helmet, please?
[Arthur hands him his helmet]
Hobson: Thank you. Now your goggles.
[Arthur hands him his goggles]
Hobson: Thank you.
[slaps him across the face repeatedly]
Hobson: You spoiled little bastard! You’re a man who has everything, haven’t you, but that’s not enough. You feel unloved, Arthur, welcome to the world. Everyone is unloved. Now stop feeling sorry for yourself. And incidentally, I love you.
Hobson: I’ve taken the liberty of anticipating your condition. I have brought you orange juice, coffee, and aspirins. Or do you need to throw up?
Here is the original movie trailer:
So what are your thoughts? Is this remake going to be any good? Is it really necessary? Is anybody else annoyed with all the remakes recently? It costs around $10 a ticket for a movie now. You can probably buy the original movie for less than that, and watch it as much as you would like. And there’s a very good chance that the original is better anyway.
Or does anybody feel that the remakes are introducing a new audience to the stories we grew up with and loved?