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October 22, 2003

Jim Carrey: The Six Million Dollar Man

— Posted by John Campea

Jim_Carrey_Globe.jpgNo, Jim Carrey is not lowering his price tag. It would appear that he is is taking on the role of Steve Austen, the Bionic man. Superhero Hype reports:

Dimension Films will adapt the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man for a feature comedy to star Jim Carrey and to be directed by Todd Phillips. Phillips will team with his (“Old School”) writing partner Scot Armstrong to script a vehicle for Carrey to play the bionic man.

I am not sure how I feel about this. Apparently they are making the movie into more of a comedy rather than the action adventure the origninal TV series was. Over the years Carrey’s over the top aminated humour has worn a little thin on me, and I have enjoyed him more in his more dramatic roles (Truman Show, Majestic)

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  • Rick

    I don’t think a comedic version of SMDM will work because this type of commedy is funny only if the viewers can relate to the jokes. Just about everyone under 30 (which is the target audience of most movies) never saw the bionic series, and thus won’t have a clue as to what the jokes are about. As for the older people who can relate to the jokes, this board showed most will be offended by it. The remaining who think this might be cool will realize they are old and have kids, and such movie is not worth getting a baby-sitter for.

    Recent success of superhero movies like Spiderman, X-Men, Batman, etc. shows a well written action adventure version would have a better chance of success. If Jim Carrey insist on doing a comedy version, he is better off calling it something else like “5-million dollar man” and save a lot of money on licensing and avoid insulting the die-hard SMDM fans. For example, Galaxy Quest did just that by making a comedic version of Star Trek without insulting most Star Trek fans.

    The 6-million dollar price tag which doesn’t buy as much as compared to the 1970s can be easily explained. One is 6-million can buy more technology today than the 1970s. The 19″ TV I watched SMDM on in the 70s was $600, 4x more than a comparable size TV today even without adjusting for inflation. Another way to explain this is to claim he was named after some 1960s fiction character, similar to how the first space shuttle was named Enterprise after the Star Trek space ship.

  • Abraxius

    My only question is whether Jim Carrey is using this as an opportunity to move into more serious acting. Considering Jim Carrey’s physical appearance and his acting feats such as the role he pulled off in the Truman Show, I think it could be a very good film if it isn’t written as a comedy, if Jim does serious acting instead of his inane and often abrasive slapstick, and if the movie has the proper atmosphere and it’s written as a quality film, exploiting the best that modern cinematic special effects have to offer.

    I haven’t seen a summary of the film yet. So it’s difficult to say what it’s going to be like. Jim has been looking for serious parts to expand his horizons, and I hope that this is it.

    It would be a shame to see the film ruined if they turn it into a comedy. If it is a good serious film it can easily surpass Verhoeven’s Robocop.

  • matt

    i bet you people bitch about everything, don’t you. hey, i’ve got an idea – don’t go see the movie. problem solved.

    jim carrey IS funny.

    and could you imagine a six million dollar man these days? six million dollars doesn’t buy as much cool bionic stuff as it did back in ’75. he wouldn’t be anything all that exciting. in fact, as far as superheros go, he’d kind of suck. see, that’s where the humor comes in.

    if you want the remake to be faithful to the original show – save us all a bunch of grief and go buy the original show on dvd. then you can sit at home, happy in your own little world where nothing ever changes, watching the 6 million dollar man – hoping and praying that he, the bionic woman, bigfoot, greg brady, spiderman from the 70’s, bo and luke duke, optimus prime and g.i. joe will never ever change and that your stupid little opinion matters as much as mine….

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