Watching the grand North by Northwest a few months back, I couldn’t help feeling that the lead actor was George Clooney, or at least his father. The same looks, charisma and type of roles — decades apart, Cary Grant and him seem to fit exactly the same “niche” (or should we say “meme”?) in the Hollywood ecosystem.
But what if it went the other way round?
What if all the blockbusters we are familiar with (Groundhog Day, Die Hard, Avatar, even James Bond…) had been filmed ten, twenty, thirty years before their time? What actors would have been cast? And how would it look like?