The Inland Northwest has spoken: The Hollywood hunk who should be cast as Capt. Scott O’Grady in the action-adventure-great escape movie is - drum roll, please - Kato Kaelin!
Not really. But the surfer dude poster boy did receive one of the 235 votes in our “Who do you think should play O’Grady” survey.
The real winner? Keanu Reeves by a landslide, outpolling Tom Cruise 122-56.
The losers: Chris O’Donnell, 25 votes; Brad Pitt, 11, and Christian Slater, a measly five.
O’Grady himself got 10 votes. (Shades of Audie Murphy! The most decorated soldier of World War II starred in his own hero film, “To Hell and Back.”)
Callers picked Reeves ‘cause, like Spokane’s Larry Campbell says, “He looks the most like Scott O’Grady.”
Janel Olson of Deer Park agrees: “He looks the most like him and he’s sexy.”
Other voters have the same idea. One says of Reeves, her pick, “He’s the most gorgeous of them all.” And another, “He’s a hot guy.”
Spokane’s Maxine McCandless likes Keanu, too, though someone else caught her eye: “However, even as an old lady, I like looking at Brad Pitt.”
David Sales of Moscow pegs O’Grady. “Who’s better qualified to be in a role to portray a hero than the person himself? … He should play the role and reap the benefits.”
Spokane’s Arne Stone has a completely different idea: “Bruce Willis in a toupee would do a real good job.”
Some other comments from our voters:
“Tom Cruise is an excellent choice. He gives the All-American young man look. We need someone positive to honor this young man in the movie.”
“(It should be) somebody slightly shorter than average, who speaks with a monotone. How about Jack Nicholson? He could wear a hairpiece.”
“I’ve watched (Reeves) and he can be very versatile, and he looks like (O’Grady), and I hope he comes to Spokane.”
“Tom Cruise, because of his ‘Top Gun’ movie, he was wonderful, and I’m sure he’d be great in this one.”
Some other vote-getters? Jim Carrey, Charlie Sheen, Kevin Bacon and “that guy that played in ‘Army of Darkness.”’
Our thanks to all who voted.
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