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Ryan Reynolds and Brad Pitt in Talks to Play Leading Man Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke Movie 2010-02-05 12:30:59

Who Should Play the Lead in the Gunsmoke Remake?

CBS Films is working on a big screen adaptation of Gunsmoke, the TV series that ran for 20 years from 1955 to 1975, and the studio is looking for its leading man. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show, it's a drama about the old west (specifically: Dodge City, KN). The part in question? Lawman Marshall Matt Dillon, originally played by James Arness. Sadly, Matt Dillon the actor isn't on the short list of desired talent, but Brad Pitt and Ryan Reynolds are being considered.

Dillon's character is described as a peacemaker in the midst of local vagrants and hoodlums, who has the town doctor and local bar mistress as his sidekicks. Naturally, Brad's performance in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford proves he's got the chops to do a Western, but Reynolds is also on fire right now as an up and coming leading man. Pitt seems better suited for a grittier role, though I'd love to see Reynolds continue his hot streak of eclectic projects.

Who gets your vote?

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maxi-dress-girl maxi-dress-girl 7 years
I love Brad pitt!
eileen34 eileen34 7 years
Ryan Reynolds is totally wrong! I have seen just about all of the Gun Smoke shows starring James Arness, Brad Pitt is the better choice by far. I wouldn't go to see it if RR gets the part it would be so wrong it would be heart breaking.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
No one. I don't think Hollywood needs to remake every tv show that has ever aired. Get some original ideas, lazy slobs!
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I loved this series, I really have to think who could play the main characters from the series. So many memories watching this with my grandpa.
aliohh aliohh 7 years
they should not bother re-making gunsmoke - what a crazy idea! The only reason it was successful for so many years is that there were so few choices at the time - only 3 major stations. I remember my grandfather loving it because he came from eastern Europe where the wild west held so much fascination. Neither Reynolds nor Pitt should touch this with a ten-foot pole. It they need to make it, make it with a mix of white, black, and Hispanic actors - Seal might be good, Sam Elliot, Lindsay Lohan, Gael Garcia ___, Banderas maybe - Banderas, Elliot, and Seal actually would be an excellent combo. Just a few thoughts.
oohsexypenguin oohsexypenguin 7 years
Neither of them, quite frankly. I used to watch Gunsmoke when I was a kid, and I do NOT see any actors around today who could pull it off.
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