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Another SMART bit of casting for the TV show turned movie!!!

Published at: Feb. 28, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. So, how does the GET SMART movie become one of my most anticipated movies in production? I'll tell you how: the cast. We know Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart, we know Anne Hathaway as 99, we know The Rock is another agent and Terrence Stamp is also in the movie. Now Alan Arkin has been cast as The Chief. How damn cool is that? They have so much talent in front of the camera, now lets hope the creative team lives up to that talent and gives us a great script.


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  • Feb. 28, 2007, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Gonna be fun

    by JesusPuzzle

    The way the casting is shaping up you know its gonna be a riot... I loved this show as a kid and can't wait to see it on the big screen.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST

    There is a scriptreview on wouldyoubelieve.com

    by DerLanghaarige

    I hope it's a big fat lie, because it sounds like we are in trouble!

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 9 a.m. CST

    Could be a blast if it's done right...

    by JunoFallon

    I think a lot of younger kids today aren't going to know the difference, because it's such an old property, but I think the early casting looks good.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    borat testicle dude

    by howudoinchewbaca

    was just recently attached to this as well.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    ALAN ARKIN GOTTA EAT

    by KingKirby

    Sorry...sorry...I saw the opening...had to take it. Hope it's good!

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Missed it by this much

    by William Munny

    As a kid, watching _Get Smart_ when it was originally aired was a big time. Great fun. I hope the writers and cast can emulate the zaniness of the this 60s TV icon. I still hear people of my generation occasionally saying: "Sorry about that chief." Thanks to Don Adams for adding to our catch-phrase lexicon.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Didn't he die last year?

    by TheBigDogg

    I guess not. Who died then?

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I loved the Nude Bomb! Thimble wearing panty hose bad .

    by kinghenryVIII

    guy - the "zipper" entrance way into the evil lair .... the desk / car chase. I haven't seen it since I was 10 on cable but I remember liking it.<p>I hope this rocks. Steve C can do no wrong and the rest of cast seems to round out that greatness. And it's good to see The Rock getting some movie time. I find him utterly halarious. I'm looking forward to this.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    WOW that script is utter shit. Dear god - NOOOOOO!

    by Doctor_Sin

    Can someone please PLEASE PPPLLLEEEAAASSSEEE nuke Hollywood? At least stage a "Boston Tea Party" or something - maybe a coup? Can we take over? How do we stop shit like this from happening? It's like a goddamn asteroid heading for earth to wipe us out.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Please Explain..........

    by liljuniorbrown

    I was around and read the God awful fake review for Batman Year One that spawned "Has a beer and cheeets on _ " and also around for "bomb in the ribcage" but I must have missed "Gotta Eat" Someone please Let me know where that came from.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Niiiiice.

    by Anna Valerious

    This is really improving the chances of me seeing this movie.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:11 a.m. CST

    No Sigfried, No peace

    by 13th Librarian

    and no good movie.. cast amuses me, but everything I've heard on their take of it makes it sound like it'll suck harder than Monica..

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Let's talk about this in the Cone of Silence!

    by the Grobe

    There is no apostrophe needed after "gotta". You're shortening "got to", so what is your apostrophe standing for, the "o" that you replaced with an "a"? Kids may not recognize this show, but they ought to recognize Inspector Gadget and realize that this is the source (and superior) material.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    I think it can cater to both the...

    by mrfan

    older crowd that grew up with the show and the younger crowd that has never heard of it. Great casting so far. It should be a great time.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Alan Arkin Should Give That Oscar to Eddie Murphy

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    What kind of shit is that, giving him an Oscar?!

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST

    The Rock Must Be Hymie

    by CaptDanielRoe

    They should have gotten a dude who could play a jewish robot more convincingly but whatever.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST

    he was great in So I Married An Axe Murderer

    by purplemonkeydw

    most.underrated.movie.evarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Would you believe...

    by Bubba Gillman

    ...that I don't care about this movie?

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Austin Powers with a shoe phone

    by CTU Mole

    w00t!

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Great casting choice

    by skimn

    for Chief! Will they now include in the trailer..and Academy Award (tm) Winner Alan Arkin ...as The Chief....?..of course they will. This would only work if someone like Apatow was attached, where it would be silly and smart ala Ricky Bobby, or Anchorman. I fear it will rely on big stupid stunts and slapstick. Who's directing this thing??

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST

    how does it sound?

    by damagedinc

    it sounds unnecessary. it's comforting to know that fountain of great ideas that filmmakers could possibly ever have has been utterly tapped. thanks hollywood!

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Directed by

    by skimn

    the guy who needs Adam Sandler to secure a hit, and written by the guy who wrote "Failure To Launch"? Ok, thats all I need to know..

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Anne Hathaway cancels out Steve Carell

    by half vader

    Because of those creepy dead eyes. Hey, maybe SHE should play the robot. Actually I'd like Patrick Warburton to do that one.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 12:46 p.m. CST

    How the hell can this be eagerly anticipated by anyone?

    by Doctor_Sin

    At least anyone over 10? I'll just watch the series on DVD, thanks.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Lorenzo Music was Garfield

    by emeraldboy

    not bill murray. Sellars was closeau not steve Martin. Adams was Gadget not Matthew Broderick and He was Maxwell Smart no Steve Carell. Remember when we are all saying that Carrell would replace Carrey as the king of comedy....all because of Carells performance in Bruce. Come, steve times a wasting hurry up!

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Wasn't the dog called Fang?

    by dirtsandwich

    I'm looking forward to it.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I just read the script treatment from the link above ..

    by kinghenryVIII

    And I take back my earlier post - if this is indeed true. My thoughts now are this will be a sucka punch to humor. Steve! What have you done?

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Now we just need...

    by ripper t. jones

    Patrick Warburton signed to be Hymie.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 2:25 p.m. CST

    CARELL + HATHAWAY = WAY CREEPY

    by robogeek.com

    I'm sorry, but I'm still totally creeped out by the pairing of 44-year-old Carell with 24-year-old Hathaway. I would've loved to have seen someone more age-appropriate as 99 - especially since those possibilities are so much more interesting, ranging from the likes of Sandra Bullock to Monica Bellucci.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    The greatest comedy ever made?

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Fuck. This is really a great cast. It could be the funniest movie ever to hit the big screen or a huge dud. My god with that much talent they better not fuck this up. I LOVED Get Smart in reruns as a child.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 2:50 p.m. CST

    When will Hollywood realize to play it straight?

    by Doctor_Sin

    That's where the comedy gold is. Not in just acting silly or situation-inappropriate. If this had been played totally straight-faced as a serious Bond-style spy caper, with Max totally oblivious to his own ineptitude and how it creates vast Rube Goldberg-like domino effects, this would be a classic. And don't be afraid to cast an "older" woman (i.e., out of the 20-something bracket). Again, it has to be sincere and straight-faced, letting the ridiculous gadgets and situations speak for themselves without self-reflexive "Wow, I am sooooo goofy!" humor.<p>Toilet humor isn't funny in and of itself. Pee jokes just don't mean anything once you're out of 6th grade. Even a bunch of funny jokes crammed into a single film without any reason for being there = doom.<p>Get Smart the TV show succeeded because of the creative forces at work who understood humor and how to play it.<p>The Get Smart website says the script turns Max into a fat (ha, ha, ha, fat guys are funny losers = really tired joke; where are all the skinny loser guys that actually exist in the real world?) wannabe spy (gotta make him the lovable dope everyman) who loses weight to try to be a CONTROL spy and butts heads with 99 (hey, surprise, surprise - I bet they fall in love by film's end). To make matters worse, they turn Max into a bumbling, inept, goofball a la Steve Martin's anal raping of Inspector Clouseau.<p>Where in this is there ANYTHING to get excited about? And all the "I love dumb fun movies" apologists will no doubt fly their flags, in complete ignorance of the fact that they have forsaken any semblance of quality control just to go spend $8 for popcorn somewhere.<p>Bend over, movie-goers. That unlubed cock that Hollywood is inching toward your anus is all thanks to you yourselves. Hollywood rapes you because you ask for it.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Would you believe...

    by Rakafraker

    ...that there is so much acting talent that it will break box-office records? <p> OK... <p> Would you believe that it will make the studio's money back? <p> Umm... Yeah... <p> How about it'll be a big dud if they don't improve the script? <p> Right... <p> I hope that they're pulling the old, "Put the fake script on the internet, but film a completely different one." trick.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    I could go on, but...

    by Rakafraker

    ...I have the theme song in my head while praying that they don't change it by techno-fying, or metal-izing it. <p> Da-dut-dada-dut... <p> (I always wanted a Sunbeam Tiger)

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST

    PHONE IN SHOE GOTTA EAT

    by Dr Lisa Cuddy

    Anne Hathaway?

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    I love dumb fun movies!

    by DerLanghaarige

    They just shouldn't have the name of great TV-classics...<br> The old show is recently running on TV again. I haven't seen it since 15 years or so and I was really surprised how funny it still is! While a "newer" show like SLEDGE HAMMER isn'T really that funny anymore (it has some good laughs, but it was way funnier back in the 80's), I still laugh my ass of in every episode of GET SMART! I hope that Steve Carrell (who seems to be pretty smart [no pun intended] and a fan of the show) will say at one point 'no, give me a better script'. Or even better: The script review is fake and the script is great :)

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Is Buck Henry involved?

    by Det. John Kimble

    'Cause if he isn't this is DEAD TO ME.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 4:23 p.m. CST

    So Max....that Agent 99....U git 2 hit dat?

    by Dr Gregory House

    "Missed it by THAT much"

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Not The Craw...THE CRAW!

    by Doctor_Sin

    The TV show holds up VERY well. I only wish Henry or Brooks or someone could have been in on this.<p>Best line: "Zis is KAOS! We don't 'shush' here."

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 5:14 p.m. CST

    How is Hathaway good casting?

    by BigTuna

    She's WAY too young for the part.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 5:27 p.m. CST

    ALTMAN died last year, not ARKIN.

    by Novaman5000

    !!

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 5:52 p.m. CST

    my friend's dad built a room in the basement

    by BadMrWonka

    for our band to practice in, in high school. presumably because we were annoyingly loud. he called it the cone of silence.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Sounds good......????

    by closeencounter

    So far. Now to complete the rest of the crew.......

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 6:11 p.m. CST

    should be reserved for tv imo.

    by theonecalledshoe

    Gilligan's island never had a big screen movie. aw... $hit I spoke that outloud.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    What's with all the Hathaway hate?

    by Zeke25:17

    She's sexy as hell; I only wish she'd get outta legitimate films and into porn, and quickly! She could be this generation's Bridgette Monet ("I Like to Watch", among others). At the very least, she could get herself into the Barefoot Confidential series...

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Arkin was awesome in LMS.

    by Barry Egan

    "Fuck a lot of women."

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 7:53 p.m. CST

    The show was good when I was a kid

    by Power_Girl

    Haven't seen it since. Get Smart was only famous because of the lead actor...put anyone else in the role and the show would not have been a success.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 7:59 p.m. CST

    still

    by quadrupletree

    As great as this cast is, this could so south PDQ. The overall concept is really weak... Oh and Hathaway has nice boobies :)

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:10 p.m. CST

    some inside info people...

    by yassoo

    BJ novak was being considered, as writer, for this project early on, after dozens of established writers passed. and robert weide - for director. the production company went through any and all writers and directors for this project, in development. no takers. i got my hands on some early drafts through someone who was closely involed- they were shit. havent read the shooting draft, so i will reserve judgement. lets just say it was a painful process, and something tells me the end result will be the same. does any 18-30 year old care about this show? do your parents care? it's like making a film version of Laugh-In. what a joke. Mod Squad, Bewitched.... Get Smart? hopefully Carrell can escape unscathed.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Secret Agent 86 wants to lose weight

    by kabong

    (so he gotta not eat). Here we go with yet another projection of Hollyweird neurosis. Bet they put Max undercover as a hair stylist.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 10:32 p.m. CST

    robogeek.com

    by Professor Krapp

    I completely agree with you. Hathaway's a cute young thing, but she doesn't have the gravitas as an actress to play 99. Maybe she'll surprise me, but an older actess would have been nice. Bullock, I suppose, would be good. I think Bellucci's too "big" for the role. Not physically, but she'd completely make Carrell look like a wimp. Ah well, it doesn't matter because it'll probably stink. Not too many of these TV Movies turn out very well. I wouldn't even think about seeing it if it weren't for Carrell. Still, I'm gonna let the reviews sway me on this one.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 11:02 p.m. CST

    What did he say?

    by Happyfat73

    As long as it has the old "Max-kneeling-on-the-dying-guy's-chest" gag then I'm cool with it. 99's tits would be good too.

  • March 1, 2007, 11:03 a.m. CST

    I'm Sick of Dwayne Johnsons.. and no He's Not Hymie

    by CaptDanielRoe

    Thankfully. He's some new agent character, 23 I think. How much you wanna bet it's not terribly interesting?

  • March 1, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST

    'so much talent in front of the screen'

    by JacksonsPole

    questionable. highly questionable. little miss sunshine was whack. oscars be damned. eddie murphy deserved it more than arkin...

  • March 1, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Nerdy Max = Flames on Optimus

    by idahomer

    Would you believe the script is terrible?<p> Well it is. But it will still make a lot of money.

  • March 1, 2007, 1:57 p.m. CST

    They should get AMY Smart

    by amrisharmpit

    C'mon, the thought must have occurred to someone working on this project.

  • March 1, 2007, 3:13 p.m. CST

    nobody cares to answer?

    by liljuniorbrown

    Just wanna know where gotta eat!! came from. Thats all i wanted to know. I'd love to know where that particular phrase started if anybody knows.

  • March 1, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Gotta eat - ?

    by Doctor_Sin

    I could've sworn it started in some Mori article where, as a way of excusing someone taking a hack job/role just to pay the bills, he said "_____'s gotta eat." Pretty vague, I know, but I could've sworn it was from a Mori article.

  • March 2, 2007, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Doctor_Sin 's gotta eat

    by liljuniorbrown

    Much appreciated.