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August 20, 2010

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Throwdown: Two Nerds Enter, One Nerd Leaves!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2010

Alright, kids, I hope you have your big-boy pants on, because today it gets rough – today we introduce the Throwdown.  Contributors and readers alike are not only invited but encouraged to throw in their two cents, not just once but as many times as you like, until your opinion on the day’s question has been thoroughly expressed.  Now, obviously, this could get real ugly real quick, but here at Nerd News And Reviews we like to think that we’re a pretty classy outfit, so try to keep the flaming of other readers to a minimum, or at least keep it on topic.  In other words, we don’t need to hear about politics or religion.

The first Throwdown topic: The Goon movie, the trailer, and specifically the casting of the main characters.  Hit the jump to enter the fray.

So during this year’s ComicCon, the full Goon trailer was released, and I know all of us here at NNAR were pretty dang excited.  The thing looked great, it was hilarious, and had just the right mix of comedy, violence, zombies, and noir to honor Eric Powell’s Goon series.

That said, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.  The casting of Goon and Franky: what did you think?  I have to say, Paul Giamatti pretty much blew me away as Franky.  I had always imagined Franky to have a somewhat higher voice, seeing as how he’s a pretty small guy, but Paul Giamatti was just so animated and explosive (that bit with the “tikitikitik” sound effect as he takes the zombie’s money was priceless) that I simply couldn’t deny him.  Clancy Brown as the Goon was also a good choice, but here’s my issue: I always imagined the Goon to sound like Marcus Fenix.  So that leads me to ask, why didn’t they get John Di Maggio to do it?  He’s an incredibly experienced voice actor, he has a wide range (Marcus Fenix, Bender from Futurama, the Brute Chieftain in Halo), and I’ll bet his quote is a lot less money than Clancy Brown’s.  That’s sort of a big deal, since the Goon film project currently still can’t find a studio to fund the thing despite the trailer being fantastic.

So there you have it: Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown.  Choose their fates like the Emperor, then jump into the arena and fight it out like gladiators.

  • Tom

    As the other nerds here at NNAR know, I’m a big Goon guy. They even got me a “Heaps of Ruination” lithograph, signed and headsketched by Eric Powell, when they went to NYCC. I’ve been closely following the movie’s development, excitement escalating with each new piece of news. Heavy involvement of Powell? Check. David Fincher’s producing? Awesome. And then the trailer came out.

    I think both Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti do good work. Would either of them have been my first round drafts? No. I agree with Third on the John Di Maggio front, and, frankly, I’ve had enough Paul Giamatti for one lifetime. But I know I’m in the minority there.

    Other than that, oh hell yes. That trailer was awesome (tikitikitik, indeed), and I’d be lying through my teeth (which Goon would then have to knock out) if I said I wasn’t incredibly excited for this movie. I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more Goon. And I’m not talking about Crisis on Infinite Goons. Powell doesn’t do gimmicks and he doesn’t do 18 books a month just to make more money. He puts out quality on his own timeline, and I respect that.

    I hope someone has the sense to put money behind this. If watching that trailer didn’t make you want to see The Goon movie, you deserve a knife to the eye. Twice. Because you ain’t using them right.

  • Tom

    As the other nerds here at NNAR know, I’m a big Goon guy. They even got me a “Heaps of Ruination” lithograph, signed and headsketched by Eric Powell, when they went to NYCC. I’ve been closely following the movie’s development, excitement escalating with each new piece of news. Heavy involvement of Powell? Check. David Fincher’s producing? Awesome. And then the trailer came out.

    I think both Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti do good work. Would either of them have been my first round drafts? No. I agree with Third on the John Di Maggio front, and, frankly, I’ve had enough Paul Giamatti for one lifetime. But I know I’m in the minority there.

    Other than that, oh hell yes. That trailer was awesome (tikitikitik, indeed), and I’d be lying through my teeth (which Goon would then have to knock out) if I said I wasn’t incredibly excited for this movie. I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more Goon. And I’m not talking about Crisis on Infinite Goons. Powell doesn’t do gimmicks and he doesn’t do 18 books a month just to make more money. He puts out quality on his own timeline, and I respect that.

    I hope someone has the sense to put money behind this. If watching that trailer didn’t make you want to see The Goon movie, you deserve a knife to the eye. Twice. Because you ain’t using them right.

  • Chris

    This looks awesome… I will personally contribute the one mismatched sock I found this morning to the cause if it will make someone pony up the rest to make the movie – Looks like we’re looking for a sock fetishist gentlemen.

    On the subject of Clancy Brown, I judge the Goon much more by the size of this fists than the lilting nature of his voice, which leads me to the following: Clancy Brown is just dandy, as long as his character punches someone.

  • Chris

    This looks awesome… I will personally contribute the one mismatched sock I found this morning to the cause if it will make someone pony up the rest to make the movie – Looks like we’re looking for a sock fetishist gentlemen.

    On the subject of Clancy Brown, I judge the Goon much more by the size of this fists than the lilting nature of his voice, which leads me to the following: Clancy Brown is just dandy, as long as his character punches someone.