In the wake of a lawsuit filed by Mike Tyson's tattoo artist, Warner Brothers has announced that they will likely alter the Tyson-like ink that Ed Helms sports on his face in The Hangover Part II for the movie's DVD release later this year. Which got us thinking -- what other digital alterations would we like to see made to recent films? Thanks to the magic of computer technology, we can fix some key problems and -- who knows? -- maybe make a better movie in the bargain.
Just Go With It
It's no secret that Sports Illustrated model Brooklyn Decker was only cast in Adam Sandler's latest comedy for two (large) reasons that had nothing to do with her ability to deliver dialogue in a believable manner. Given that, why not swap out her face for an actress that can actually, well, act? Stick The Kids Are All Right star Mia Wasikowska's head on top of Decker's bangin' bod and suddenly you've got a babe who's both great to look at and doesn't talk like a Fembot.
This tween-friendly version of Beauty and the Beast bombed for a lot of reasons, but chief among them has to be the laughable make-up slathered on Alex Pettyfer's face when he's in his Beast form. He looks less like a horrific monster and more like the kid from Powder spent a drunken night in a tattoo parlor. Our advice? Hire a top-notch special effects guru (we recommend screen legend Rick Baker, who just won the Oscar for bringing out Benicio Del Toro's wolfish side in The Wolfman) to do a ground-up digital redesign, one that actually inspires screams instead of snorts.
In the tradition of Stephen Colbert's terrific Star Wars green screen challenge from a few years back, Warner Brothers should seriously consider allowing some amateur moviemaker to create other backgrounds to drop the butt-kicking Sucker Punch gals into. Instead of a World War I hellscape, what if they fought their way through a brightly colored candyland like the one featured in Katy Perry's "California Gurls" video? And that dull Lord of the Rings-style dungeon could easily be replaced by the Underwater level from the original NES Super Mario Bros..
The Hangover Part II
Since the digital technicians are going to be painstakingly changing Helms' tattoo in every frame anyway, they should use the opportunity to lift Ken Jeong right out of the movie. We love the guy on Community, but his Hangover character Mr. Chow is annoying, vaguely racist and, worst of all, not funny.
X-Men: First Class
Spoiler alert! In many ways, the fifth X-Men movie is the boldest of the series. But director Matthew Vaughn can't resist falling back on one age-old cliché -- the black guy (in this case, the endlessly adaptable Darwin) always dies first. Matt, do the right thing and let another mutant take his place on the DVD. That Havok kid is pretty useless.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Granted, we haven't seen what Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is capable of yet. But it's gonna take a lot of work to make us forget about Megan Fox and her halter tops. Much as it might pain him, Michael Bay should seriously consider giving Fox the chance to finish out the trilogy by cut-and-pasting her over Whiteley. Geeks everywhere will thank him.
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