Atlas Shrugged Dream Cast

Posted by $ Temlakos 7 years, 3 months ago to Entertainment
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How would YOU cast Atlas Shrugged, whether for a trilogy (or, as I think it should have been, a tetralogy) of movies, or a thirty-hour-long television series?

Here are my suggestions for how I would cast Atlas Shrugged, if I had the all-time greatest actors and actresses who ever lived, to work with:

Dagny Taggart: Faye Dunaway, Barbara Stanwyck, young Katharine Hepburn, Patricia Neal, Lauren Bacall. Raquel Welch

Henry Rearden: William Holden, Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Cliff Robertson, Charlton Heston, Anthony Hopkins

John Galt: Peter Graves, James Arness, Stephen Boyd, James Coburn

Ragnar Danneskjöld: Chuck Connors, Dolph Lundgren

Francisco d'Anconia: Ricardo Montalb√°n, Antonio Banderas

James Taggart: Louis Calhern, Fred MacMurray, George C. Scott

Cheryl Brooks Taggart: Marilyn Monroe

Midas Mulligan: William Shatner

Floyd Ferris, PhD: Peter Cushing

Robert Stadler, PhD: William Schallert

Cuffy Meigs: Edward G. Robinson

Hugh Akston: Harry Morgan

Quentin Daniels: Tim Considine (as an adult; he played the Soldier Who Got Slapped By Patton)

Eugene Lawson: Herb Edelman

Mr. Thompson: Burgess Meredith

Wesley Mouch: Frank Gorshin

Orren Boyle: John Fiedler


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  • Posted by Nautilus 6 years, 6 months ago
    My retro cast...to me, Dagny has ALWAYS been Ida Lupino.

    Dagny: Ida Lupino
    Galt: Alan Ladd
    Francisco: Cesar Romero
    Ragnar: Paul Henreid
    Hank Rearden: William Holden
    James Taggart: E.G. Marshall
    Rearden's Wife: Virginia Mayo
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    • Posted by $ 6 years, 6 months ago
      Never thought about Paul Henreid--but now that I think of it...!

      Going on with that list:

      Cuffy Meigs: James Cagney
      Floyd Ferris: Fredric March
      Robert Stadler: Fred MacMurray
      Hugh Akston: Monty Wooley
      Eugene Lawson: Paul Douglas
      Wesley Mouch: Louis Calhern
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  • Posted by IndianaGary 7 years, 3 months ago
    You missed one of the toughest people I've ever seen in movies for Dagny: Susan Hayward.
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    • Posted by $ 7 years, 3 months ago
      That's probably because I remember her as Barbara Graham in "I Want To Live." Barbara Graham was a murderess, and Susan Hayward, in portraying her, deliberately dissembled in that portrayal.

      Then again maybe Kay Ludlow would have had the same problem: people handing her scripts forcing her to be a liar, a cheat, a thief, or even a murderess. "They used my talent for the degradation of itself," she told Dagny.
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  • Posted by $ katrinam41 7 years, 3 months ago
    Temlacos, you are so right--Patricia Neal would be a great Dagny. I would have to give a lot of thought to the others as to who I would like to see in the roles. It's a tough choice, but a nice fun break in my interesting life! Although D.B.Sweeney played Galt in #2, I think he'd make a good Quentin Daniels as well. Now I have to go enjoy a bit of a think on this :D
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  • Posted by cranedragon 7 years, 3 months ago
    I always favored Peter Graves for the Hank Rearden part.
    Dagny: yes to Lauren Bacall, definitely
    John Galt: I've always found this THE most troublesome role to cast. Ultimately I would vote for Clint Eastwood of the spaghetti western days!
    Ragnar Danneskjold: a young Eric Braeden [remember him on the Rat Patrol?]
    Hugh Akston: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. or David Niven
    Midas Mulligan: Spencer Tracy
    Francisco d'Anconia: second Antonio Banderas, or Lorenzo Lamas
    Cheryl Brooks Taggart: Meg Ryan
    Mr. Thompson: Frederic March
    Robert Stadler: Patrick Stewart
    Quentin Daniels: Jim Hutton
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    • Posted by $ 7 years, 3 months ago
      I agree: John Galt is definitely the most troublesome part to cast. I kept trying to stick to the hairstyles and hair colors Ayn Rand recommended for the parts. But how many blond, blue-eyed men in any age could act their way out of paper bags?

      That aside: yes, Clint Eastwood would be good in the role of John Galt. And Eric Braeden would make a good Ragnar. (I remember him as Charles Forbin, PhD, in "Colossus: The Forbin Project.") Though if you really want someone who projects a single-minded quest for justice and vengeance, I would suggest Benedict Cumberbatch, whom you might remember as Khan Noonien Singh in "Star Trek: Into Darkness." (You can then readily imagine him destroying the Project F apparatus with his bare hands and sneaker-shod feet, not bothering to use any weapon or other tool.)

      I suddenly would like to write in a new part for one of these two actors: Sterling Hayden (as Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper USAF in "Dr. Strangelove") or Jack Nicholson (as Col. Jessup USMC in "A Few Good Men"). I have in mind a power-mad general who muscles Cuffy Meigs out of the way and starts to build a militaristic empire. And when he finds out he can't do that, then he, not the venal Meigs, takes over the Xylophone and fights to the death over its controls with Dr. Stadler.
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  • Posted by jpellone 7 years, 3 months ago
    I think Burgess Meredith would be better at Wesley Mouch!!!
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    • Posted by $ 7 years, 3 months ago
      I put him in as Mr. Thompson because, in the "Batman" TV show, Burgess Meredith played "The Penguin" as if he were a reincarnation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. he even affected the Roosevelt cigarette holder.

      Wesley Mouch is such a whiner, I couldn't imagine Burgess Meredith playing him.

      Now I might think of one other actor for either man: Peter Sellers.
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