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The Results Are In: Recast "I Love Lucy"

The Results Are In: Recast "I Love Lucy"

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 was delighted by way too many of the recast ideas for "I Love Lucy" to name them all here, but I do want to make some shout-outs before running out of room! I was highly impressed with some of the non-Debra Messing ideas for Lucy, such as K2's Kelly Ripa, Livience's Amy Adams and most of all the popular choice of Isla Fisher. I also liked many of the Ethel casting choices, like Marcia Gay Harden selected by prbeachbum, and ddene5713's pick of Kate Winslet. Finally, I think Pinkflats is onto something with casting John Leguizamo as Ricky.
My favorite list overall, however, comes from pepperatstate! In the end, I do think Debra Messing would make a perfect Lucy, and pepperatstate's other choices are great too. So to see who she picked along with a new cast photo,

pepperatstate's cast:
Lucy — Debra Messing
Ethel — Jane Krakowski
Ricky — Antonio Banderas
Fred — Chris Noth

P.S. — Praise is also in order for marebare's very own self-made recast photo! Nice job, marebare!

wilma1 wilma1 10 years
I think Antonio Banderas will be good to played Desi
YouGoLALA YouGoLALA 10 years
Lol, I definatly would have watched "I Love Lucy" if that were the cast. And Antonio Banderas is my fave!! However I think John Leguizamo would have done a better job just because he is so funny, and younger :x HAHA! Has anyone heard about John Leguizamo's new mini series called "The Kill Point" thats going to be on Spike TV? Donnie Wahlberg also stars in it as the negotiator, whileJohn Leguizamo is the leader of a team of American Iraqi-War veterans that find themselves in the middle of a hostage situation after their own failed back robbery attempt. Sound pretty edge of your set action huh? Check out for more info, but remember it permieres Sunday July 22nd at 9 pm and SpikeTV. Yay for TiVO! I just wanted to pass this along with you because I work for Spike TV.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
I dont agree with much of this recast. Debra has been called by every medial outlet the "lucy" of our generation and there have been rumors of a movie with her as Lucy,PLus in an entertainment weekly a few years back Debra dressed up like lucy. As for the rest, i agree with Jane Krakowski, but not with Antonio as Ricky, he is too brooding and harsh. and Chris Nolan isnt old enough.
Aminah-Akalea Aminah-Akalea 10 years
I think the women are great choices...but the men....i dont think so at all!
imtheheppest imtheheppest 10 years
Personally, I don't think Debra was a good choice for Lucy. Just because she's a redhead, doesn't mean she's good for the part. You've got to have someone who's good with comedy like Lucy was. Maybe if you could pick characters from TV shows, then Debra's character Grace Adler from Will & Grace would've been good. I think Antonio Bandaras was a good choice. He's got the accent just like Ricky did so it just works. I don't know much about the other two, so I can't say anything about them. But I agree with dejavue, I Love Lucy is just one of those shows that should be left as it one can be as good as Lucille Ball! :)
junebrug junebrug 10 years
Chris Noth is way too hot to play Fred.
Marci Marci 10 years
I missed this one, too. I agree that the women are great choices but the men leave a lot to be desired. fab4's suggestion of Christopher Walken for Fred is out of left field and terrific!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Wow, that's a perfect recast!
DeJaVuE DeJaVuE 10 years
I think that lilo has lucys eyes... maybe if she was older.... but Lucy is just one show that should just be left as is! No one could ever be as great as her!
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Awww, sorry I missed this one Buzz. Congratulations to the winner!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
Great Job! I never even thought of Chris Noth and now I can totally picture it!lol. I love Debra as Lucy, she's perfect for the role.
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 10 years
I think Debra Messing would be the perfect Lucy...she was the only person I could think of for the part when I thought about recasting the show.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Great choices all around. This one was tough, but fun. Congrats, pepperatstate!
fab4 fab4 10 years
the women are GREAT choices for this. The men...not so much. I think Christopher Walken for Fred may work better.
CocoChic CocoChic 10 years
:rotfl: I love him in Moulin Rouge!
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
thanks for the shout-out buzz! good job pepperatstate.
xo_verity xo_verity 10 years
Great job, pepperatstate :)
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 10 years
this was a hard one to cast...everyone did such a good job!
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
Not impress, hahahah. Kidding. John Leguizamo would have been perfect as Ricky. I guess his performance in Moulin Rouge keeps popping in my head whenever I think of him...And I love Moulin Rouge.
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