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The Results Are in: Recast A Christmas Story

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!

I know this beloved classic holiday movie was a tough one to recast, so thank you to everyone who embraced the challenge! Nothing beats the original, but there were certainly some fun recast lists submitted this week. I especially loved chancleta's and precious_pets4's non-white recast lists.

I also enjoyed many of the ideas for Mrs. Parker and the Old Man, like leeluvfashion's idea of Elizabeth Perkins as Mrs. Parker and mamaseacat's suggestion of Bernie Mac playing the Old Man. WhiplashGirlchild's ideas of Lisa Kudrow and John Goodman in those roles would also be a lot of fun.

My favorite recast list this week, however, is actually the very first on the list, submitted by kersalli! To see who kersalli picked, along with a new cast photo,


kersalli's cast:
Ralphie — Freddie Highmore
Randy — Jimmy Bennett
Mrs. Parker — Allison Janney
Old Man — Billy Bob Thornton

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lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
Not trying to be a scrooge, kersalli, congrats! :)
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
I guess b/c I'm addicted to the movie, I strongly disagree w/ the above mentioned picks. Strange.
elanakat elanakat 9 years
congrats! Great work! People should not be putting you down. If they are jealous that their choices did not get picked they should work harder next time. Its just a game and people shouldn't take it so seriously if they don't like the winning choices.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
My BOO! comment was in reference to the fact that I hold this as one of those most sacred movies that should never be put in the position of being recast. It was in no way a slight to the winner. I simply can not bear for my dear beloved Christmas Story to be changed in any manner. :(
nicachica nicachica 9 years
A Christmas Story is a classic for me and its soooo hard to even think about recasting so i can't say i love it but the choices are interesting. Congrats Kersalli!
erratic-assassin erratic-assassin 9 years
Jinx Jinx 9 years
It is not a rule you have to agree with the recast, but hey they won, so Congratulations to them.
ChrissyBaby ChrissyBaby 9 years
Congrats kersalli!
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
Grats Kers!
kersalli kersalli 9 years
Thanks to those who congratulated me! I’ll admit the choice of Billy Bob stems from his role in Bad Santa, he can play a cranky old man like no other. Allison Janney is the only one I could think of who I could see as a mom but still goofy enough to match Billy Bob. Yay :)
skate80 skate80 9 years
How about Will Ferrell for the old man? I can see him unwrapping that leg lamp as I type.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
well why don't we just bash on the winner's effort? wait some already have. :OY: congrats kersalli, i especially think allison janney is the perfect choice. i can soooo see her as mrs. parker.
nancita nancita 9 years
OMG, Freddie Highmore is a perfect choice. I love that kid. I would recast him in just about anything, but especially this. Alison Janney and Billy Bob Thornton would be a great pairing.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
WhiplashGirlchild, I'm with you. Congrats to kersalli--and to all who are clever enough to come up with some great picks for these challenges, which are always fun.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Babycakes1234 Babycakes1234 9 years
Hmmm, since this is my favorite Christmas movie and I watch it non-stop on Christmas, I gotta say I agree with Allison, but he rest of them..I don't know. Billy Bob might actually be good. He's a great actor and could pull it off. But those kids don't do anything for me. Hard to beat the original Ralphie.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
I agree, txcountryluv, mine was the best. I was robbed! Bruce Dern is a much funnier, better Old man.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Interesting choices! Great job!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
:oy: Good job, Kersalli. Allison Janney is one of my faves! :)
txcountrylvr txcountrylvr 9 years
Besides Freddie Highmore that is the worse chooses ever!!! BILLY BOB!??!?! UGH!!!!! He needs to retire!!!
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