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Recast Speed and Win a Prize!

Every other 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!

I'm excited about this week's recast challenge because 1994's Speed is one of my all-time favorite guilty pleasures. I don't know what it is but if I'm channel surfing and I come across Speed, I have to watch it. That opening elevator scene still makes my heart pound! There are many characters that make up the passengers on the bus, so let's stick to the basics on this recast.

Who would you cast as one of the LAPD's explosives experts, Jack Traven (originally played by a very fit Keanu Reeves), and his veteran partner Harry Temple (Jeff Daniels)? What about the evil Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) who made famous the line, "Pop quiz, hot shot. There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do?!"

But it's not all dudes. We need to recast the tough and outspoken bus passenger Annie Porter, a role that helped launch Sandra Bullock to stardom. Finally, let's recast the police boss-man Lt. "Mac" McMahon (Joe Morton).

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, October 28, 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:
Officer Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves)
Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper)
Annie Porter (Sandra Bullock)
Det. Harry Temple (Jeff Daniels)
Lt. "Mac" McMahon (Joe Morton)

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mommapoppins mommapoppins 8 years
Officer Jack Traven - Joaquin Phoenix Howard Payne- Bruce Altman (Matchsitck Men, Sopranos) Annie Porter- Isla Fisher (Definitely, Maybe) Det. Harry Temple - Matthew Modine Lt. "Mac" McMahon- Janeane Garofalo
audreystar audreystar 8 years
Jack Traven - Shia Labeouf Harry Temple - Michael C. Hall Howard Payne - Phillip Seymour Hoffman Annie Porter - Rachel Bilson Lt. McMahon - Taye Diggs
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
I'm gonna go a little more obscure with some... Officer Jack Traven: Benjamin McKenzie Howard Payne: Leland Orser Annie Porter: JoAnna Garcia (she's got the spunkiness!) Det. Harry Temple: Robert Downey Jr. Lt. "Mac" McMahon: Michael Paul Chan (Mac doesn't have to be black)
chipjimi chipjimi 8 years
Officer Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves) – Zac Efron Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) – Robert Downey Jr. Annie Porter (Sandra Bullock) – Anne Hathaway Det. Harry Temple (Jeff Daniels) – Edward Norton Lt. "Mac" McMahon (Joe Morton) - Mos Def
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
Officer Jack Traven-Milo Ventimiglia Howard Payne- Cillian Murphy Annie Porter- Zooey Deschanel Temple-Craig T. Nelson Mac-Robert Duvall
princis11 princis11 8 years
Ok I changed one thing: Officer Jack Traven - Shia LeBouf Howard Payne - Tobin Bell (scary guy from the Saw franchise, he was also on 24) Annie Porter - Rachel Bilson Det. Harry Temple - Dermot Mulroney Lt. "Mac" McMahone - Taye Diggs
princis11 princis11 8 years
Officer Jack Traven - Shia LeBouf Howard Payne - Tobin Bell (scary guy from the Saw franchise, he was also on 24) Annie Porter - Rachel Bilson Det. Harry Temple - Ryan Gosling Lt. "Mac" McMahone - Taye Diggs
Sugie Sugie 8 years
Amended- Officer Jack Traven -Josh Hartnett Howard Payne- Terry O'Quinn Annie Porter –Katherine Heigl Det. Harry Temple –Lee Pace Lt. "Mac" McMahon- Terrence Howard
Sugie Sugie 8 years
Officer Jack Traven -Josh Hartnett Howard Payne- Terry O'Quinn Annie Porter –Katherine Heigl Det. Harry Temple –Lee Pace Lt. "Mac" McMahon- Mekhi Phifer
Manoukia Manoukia 8 years
Officer Jack Traven - Tyson Beckford Howard Payne - Denzel Washington Annie Porter - Paula Patton Det. Harry Temple - Chiwetel Ejiofor Lt. "Mac" McMahon - Djimon Hounsou
RosieButterface RosieButterface 8 years
Jack Traven - Tom Pelphrey Harry Temple - Jason Priestly Howard Payne - Robin Williams Annie Porter - Liv Tyler Lt. McMahon - Terrence Howard
luckiedog luckiedog 8 years
Hollywood A-list version Jack Traven - Will Smith Harry Temple - Shia La Beouf Howard Payne - Eric Roberts Annie Porter - Renee Zellwegger Lt. McMahon - Don Cheadle The totally kick-ass high speed version Jack Traven - Gael Garcia Bernal Harry Temple - Robert Downey Jr. Howard Payne - Ian McKellen Annie Porter - Rose McGowan Lt. McMahon - Craig Robinson And just for shits and giggles: Catherine O' Hara as the crazy lady who gets thrown under the bus
koozl19 koozl19 8 years
Officer Jack Traven - Shia LaBeouf Howard Payne - Hugh Laurie Annie Porter - Anne Hathaway Det. Harry Temple - Ben Affleck Lt. "Mac" McMahon - Will Smith
briggs313 briggs313 8 years
Officer Jack Traven - Adam Baldwin (from Chuck) Howard Payne M.C. Gainey (from LOST) Annie Porter - Minka Kelly (from FNL) Det. Harry Temple - Peter Facinelli (Twilight) Lt. "Mac" McMahon - Don Cheadle
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I will let someone else do the recasting, but this movie totally needs a recast. Worst. Acting. Ever.
CYL CYL 8 years
Officer Jack Traven: Christian Bale Howard Payne: Ian McKellen Annie Porter: Ann Hathaway Det. Harry Temple: Emilio Estevez Lt. "Mac" McMahon: Morgan Freeman
lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
Officer Jack Traven: Ryan Reynolds Howard Payne: Terence Stamp Annie Porter: Rachel McAdams Det. Harry Temple: Ryan Gosling Lt. "Mac" McMahon: Don Cheadle
Baluk Baluk 8 years
Officer Jack Traven - Shia Lebeouf Howard Payne - Neil Patrick Harris Annie Porter - Mila Kunis Det. Harry Temple - Mark Wahlberg Lt. "Mac" McMahon - Shemar Moore
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Officer Jack Traven - Ryan Gosling Howard Payne - Willem Dafoe Annie Porter - Rachel McAdams Det. Harry Temple - Christopher Meloni Lt. "Mac" McMahon - Lance Reddick
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