Tuesday, September 22, 2009
We already knew that Patrick Swayze was approached to play a zombie version of himself in the upcoming horror comedy Zombieland, but director Ruben Fleischer tells SCI FI Wire that the filmmakers actually approached several celebrities about playing themselves as zombies.
Sylvester Stallone. "Jesse's ... exploring the mansion. [Stallone] comes in, he's a zombie, ... Jesse charges him, and then it's basically all the jokes were tied to movies: They're sparring like Rocky, and there were some Rambo references. ... We kind of structured it that Woody's character was a huge fan of whatever celebrity's house they went to. ... That was the source of ... the comedy, when Woody would have to fight his idol."
Mark Hamill. In one version of the script, the former Star Wars actor was discovered in his Beverly Hills house, undead and ready to fight. The script included a version of a human-on-zombie lightsaber fight. "There's not as wide of a variety of Mark Hamill references to draw from," Fleischer adds. "I think that's why maybe perhaps he wasn't interested because, I guess, ... [he] doesn't want to be associated with that or I don't know."
Steven Seagal. The has-been '80s martial-arts action star would have, natch, fought with martial-arts moves. "They're all based on the same idea," Fleischer says.
I can understand the actors turning it down, really. Think about it: if you were a faded celebrity, would you want to play a dead version of yourself, rotting and gross and performing a zombie parody of that one role you played decades ago that got you totally typecast forever? Jeez, even Adam West probably wouldn't be down for that crap.