Destro Has Been Re-Cast - Christopher (Dr. Who/Heroes) Eccleston

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    http://www.iesb.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4293&Itemid=99

    Breaking News: G.I. Joe's Destro Has Been Re-Cast! PDF Print E-mail
    Written by Robert Sanchez
    Monday, 11 February 2008

    The IESB has received breaking news, a last minute change has been
    made to the G.I. Joe cast - Who to play Destro.

    A devastating blow has been dealt to David Murray, the actor set to
    star as Destro in the new G.I. Joe film.

    Seems he had unforeseen problems getting into the United States and
    wasn't able to get a work VISA in time for the film's start date of
    Wednesday February 13th.

    Studio sources say Murray is a phenomenal actor with a great body of
    work and are disheartened that he was unable to get his immigration
    issues in order before the film was set to start shooting.

    Well, although the higher ups were dismayed that Murray would not be
    able to play the role, what's a studio to do other than re-cast? The
    actor will no longer be in the film, instead they have given the role
    of Destro to Chris Eccleston.

    Eccleston, a British actor, is most known for his stint as Dr. Who for
    one season and his role as Claude aka The Invisible Man on the hit NBC
    TV series Heroes. He also had a villainous role in Fox/Walden's The
    Seeker as the Rider.

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  2. TheVileOne Registered

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    Though I still would've preferred Vosloo in the role, you can't really argue with Dr. Who.

    I dunno, the VISA stuff seems sort of like a cover. I think they knew that Murray was the wrong guy for the role, but that's just my instinct talking.
     
  3. CorpusBlack Registered

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    This guy looks more the part.
     
  4. Balthus Dire Punishment Continues

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    I like this guy, so this is good news for me.



    Now the best news would be if they announced another recast for Destro and made him Vosloo.
     
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    I'm all for this one. I haven't see him in a whole lot of things, but Eccleston was great as the villian in Gone In 60 Seconds. That character, like Destro, was cultured, yet intimidating. I think he's a good fit.
     
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    This is awesome news! I love this guy. He can play a great villain. This replaces Ray Park as my #2 favorite casting decision in this movie. (#1 is Quaid).
     
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    Eccleston needs a hit after The Seeker :p . He was also good in 28 Days Later before that crappy ass sequel.
     
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    Hahahaha "The Seeker"....
     
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    Hmm...I saw him as a great Major Bludd. But I'll take him as Destro. He's certainly got good intensity.
     
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    Was he the military guy in '28 Days Later'?
     
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    He was awesome. :up:
     
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    This is great news. I'm liking the casting for Cobra more than I do for the Joes after this.
     
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    Admit it. No one was excited about that Murray guy at all.
     
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    How could we be? We had nothing to go on. He could've been great, he could've been meh. The world will never know.
     
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    Let's give it up for fate!

    HIP HIP HOORAY!!!

    I was hoping they'd say David Murray was re-cast as Cobra Commander and Levitt as Flint.
     
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    Just saying. Pretty convenient that it all worked out this way.
     
  18. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    Yeah, he "couldn't" get a visa. We all know what that means.
     
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    Sorry, I don't buy that excuse at all for a movie like this with virtually unlimited resources. Unless Murray committed some sort of crime to screw that up.
     
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    Just like how Matt Vaughan didn't want to do X3 because "he'd be away from his family".

    Pffffft.
     
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    Hey Claudia Schiffer said that was bogus :p .
     
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    Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice!
     
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    http://www.showbuzz.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/01/29/ap/celebrities/main3767300.shtml

    Judging from that article, the problem may have arisen from the fact that Murray is not well-known in the US. And there's the fact that it still takes time:

    The interview with LDB in early January said they were two weeks away from casting Destro.

    Steven Berkoff(the bad guy in beverly Hills Cop) was deported for Visa issues in 1997. It's not like it's impossible. And all this talk of "unlimited resources-" it still takes time and throwing money at a bureaucracy doesn't always work.
     
  24. Balthus Dire Punishment Continues

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    How did he shoot his part in Batman Begins without a work visa?
     
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    Batman Begins was partially shot in London.

    From what I can tell from the above, you need a new Visa for every job. If his stuff was shot in America, he obviously was able to get it in time for that movie.

    Anyway, the point is is that it is far from impossible for this to happen, even with a big-budget movie.
     

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