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Recast "I Love Lucy" and Win a Prize!

Recast "I Love Lucy" and Win a Prize!

Every Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!

This week's recast challenge is an oldie but goodie that was a recent recast request. Sure, certain aspects of the 1950s TV hit "I Love Lucy" make me cringe now (Ricky's jokey little threats of physical abuse come to mind), but overall this classic is still entertaining and endearing. If you could recast this show today, which actors would you cast as Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel? I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that many of you will put Debra Messing in Lucy's role, which is certainly fitting (how many times has she gotten that comparison?), though I'm curious to see if anyone has other ideas as well.

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, July 3, complete with a "new" cast photo. To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt,

Characters to recast:
Lucy (Lucille Ball)
Ricky (Desi Arnaz)
Ethel (Vivian Vance)
Fred (William Frawley)

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pepperatstate pepperatstate 9 years
Lucy- Debra Messing Ethel-Jane Krakowski (probably spelled this wrong) Ricky-Antonio Banderas Fred- Chris Noth
prbeachbum prbeachbum 9 years
Lucy = Julia Roberts (w/her Pretty Woman hair back) Ricky = Benjamin Bratt Fred = Tommy Lee Jones or Jack Nicholson (I can't decide!) Ethel = Marcia Gay Harden
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I always keep in mind, that in real life the actors who played Ethel and Fred really couldnt stand eachother, he was quite a bit older than her, and they didnt get along.
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 9 years
********* Christopher Walken not Christophen... my mistake, sorry.
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 9 years
YOUNGER CAST Lucy (Lucille Ball) = Lindsay Lohan Ricky (Desi Arnaz) = Wilder Valderamma Ethel (Vivian Vance) = Rachel McAdams Fred (William Frawley) = Ryan Reynolds OLDER CAST: Lucy (Lucille Ball) = Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) Ricky (Desi Arnaz) = Andy Garcia Ethel (Vivian Vance) = Felicity Huffman Fred (William Frawley) = Christophen Walken . . . I know it's two entries, but it's two different generations that would go for them.
DA79 DA79 9 years
Fran Drescher - Lucy Eric Mccormack - Ricky Maggie Gyllenhaal - Ethel Mark Addy (from still standing) - Fred
calibabi calibabi 9 years
Lucy: Drew Barrymore Ricky: Antonio Banderas Ethel: Cameron Diaz (who else for Drew's partner in crime, right??) Fred: Vince Vaughn
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Lucy: Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) Ricky: Adam Rodriguez (CSI Miami) Ethel: Kathryn Hahn (Crossing Jordan) Fred: Kevin James (King of Queens)
AmyAmes1031 AmyAmes1031 9 years
Lucy - Debra Messing Ethel - Caroline Rhea Ricky - Mario Lopez Fred - Jim Belushi
krhone krhone 9 years
Let's mix this up a bit, get wild!: Lucy- Sarah Silverman Ricky- Gael Garcia Bernal (circa Science of Sleep) Ethel- Monique Fred- Brad Garrett
daisymae051479 daisymae051479 9 years
Lucy - Debra Messing Ricky - Mark Consuelos Fred - Mark Addy (the dad from Still Standing with Jami Gertz) Ethyl - Brett Butler (from Grace Under Fire)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Lucy- Brittany Murphy (she has that wide eyed "who me?" thing down) Ricky- Ricky Martin (the accent, the name, the swagger) Ethel- Jennifer Coolidge (best in show, Legally blonde) Fred- John Ratzenberger
yiddidea yiddidea 9 years
Lucy - Debra Messing is perfect for this, but I could also see Lisa Kudrow pulling it off Ricky - Antonio Banderas Fred - Kevin Smith Ethel - Jane Kaczmarek (malcom in the middle)
tiatia tiatia 9 years
Lucy - Debra Messing Ricky - John Stamos Fred - Mark Addy Ethel - Melissa Peterman
Charmqn Charmqn 9 years
Lucy- Reese Witherspoon Ricky- Antonio Banderas Fred- Kevin James Ethel- ellen barkin
smashley smashley 9 years
lucy- isla fisher ricky- wilmer valdarama (had to do it) fred- will ferrel ethel- amy poler now that would be funny :)
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
Okay so i finally got the rest of my cast: Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers)= Lucy Lisa Kudrow (Friends) = Ethel Nathan Lane (The Producers) = Fred John Leguizamo (The Ice Age, Moulin Rouge)= Ricky i think when casting, the age of the actors have to be taken to consideration, so I'm not sure how Amanda Bynes and George Lopze can play a married couple, marebare?
marebare marebare 9 years
marebare marebare 9 years
Lucy (Amanda Bynes) Ricky (George Lopez) Ethel (Jennifer Aniston) Fred (Bruce Willis)
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
Lol, this would be really hard to do. There was only 1 Lucy :)
mia804c mia804c 9 years
Lucy - Anna Faris Ethel - Patricia Heaton Ricky - Enrique Murciano Fred - Jim Belushi
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 9 years
Dammit! I should have looked before posting. I didn't realize Mark was going to be such a popular choice. :irk:
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 9 years
Lucy - Amy Yasbeck Ricky - Mark Consuelos Fred - Barry Corbin Ethel - Debra Jo Rupp
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
another one... Lucy: Rachel Weisz Ricky: Michael Esparza [Raising Helen] Ethel: Kate Winslet Fred: Jack Black
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
whiplashgirl... i like the parker posey idea for lucy.
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