“Wolfman” must fill big wolf shoes
Do Academy Award winners Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins give enough star power to the new “Wolfman” movie to do the 1941 original film justice? Or maybe the question to ask is whether the actors can live up to the fantastic movie wolves that have come before them. Del Toro and Hopkins have more than proved their acting chops in a long list of modern classics, but may I present an argument that might convince you that the wolf-shoes they must fill are much larger than you might think. I’ve compiled a list of the werewolves that are going to be quite hard to top.
1. The Original Wolfman
Lon Chaney Jr. was truly the original movie wolf. Not only did he play the Wolfman in the 1941 original “Wolfman”, he reprised his role as Larry Talbot/Wolfman for four subsequent Universal films! Chaney was known to the whole baby-boomer generation who grew up watching these films as the ultimate werewolf, and us younger folk must tip our hat to the original!
2. Teen Wolf
A teenage werewolf that can dance, has crazy basketball skills, and is smooth with the ladies? Totally believable to me. Michael J. Fox was the first guy to play a werewolf that every guy wanted to be. Unlike the movie wolves before him, Teen Wolf went through sort of a wolf-puberty that allowed him to change into a werewolf whenever he wanted to dunk on somebody or put on a show on the dance floor. Who wouldn’t want to be a werewolf after watching that movie?
3. American Werewolf In London
This American werewolf becomes a monster much like the movie wolves before him (he gets bite by a werewolf) but is much more murderous than his predecessors. This film is known now as a campy cult classic, but its makeup effects were so impressive at the time that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences created the category of Outstanding Achievement in Makeup to give this film an Oscar. Impressive.
4. Twilight’s Jacob Black
Don’t hate. The “Twilight” films may be super cheesy but Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black actually makes the most recent film “New Moon” watchable (if you can handle the unnecessary camera pans up his body). Lautner’s character also incorporates the element of Native American werewolf folklore into the film, which is very underrepresented in most Hollywood werewolf movies.
5. Harry Potter’s Remus Lupin
Remus Lupin is one of the more honorable werewolves in my book. He is dedicated to fighting evil alongside Harry Potter and takes a special potion to control his werewolf urges. Maybe if Lupin were able to give the American Werewolf the same potion it would have saved London from some very gruesome killings that not even Lord Voldemort would be capable of performing (just a thought). Also, I’m pretty sure he’s the only movie werewolf who doubles as a powerful wizard. I think that gives an extra point to Gryffindor!
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