Since we’re weekend warriors now, it only makes sense that we break from the pack and engage in some rampant free-thinking. Pretty soon YouTube and Hollywood should completely merge and we will be seeing our favorite YouTubers starring in our favorite TV shows and movies. Of course, until that point, we can only speculate on what might have been had this merger happened 10, 20 or 500 years ago. So every weekend, we take a pop culture movie and recast it with YouTubers who we think might have worked perfectly in that role.
This week: Anchorman
This is Will Ferrell’s funniest movie, which is saying a lot considering that Will is a funny guy, but also saying a little because many of Will Ferrell’s films aren’t great. Anchorman, which tells the story of a chauvinistic news crew being forced to come to terms with the changing times and the inclusion of a woman on the team, is an apt morality tale that is as applicable today as it ever was. Of course you have to dig through the comedic overtures to find the morality, but I assure you, it’s there. And with a great ensemble cast, this movie totally deserves a YouTube recasting.
Played in the movie by: Will Ferrell
Played in our version by: Harley Morenstein
Ron Burgandy is the leader of the boy’s club. So our recast has to be the leader of the YouTube boys club — a guy from whom all other YouTube guys seem to take their cues. Could it be anybody other than the Sauce Boss and our favorite machine gun in our recast artillery, Harley Morenstein?
Played in the movie by: Christina Applegate
Played in our version by: Anita Sarkeesian
This is a very pro-feminist part. It makes the case that women shouldn’t just be objects, but taken seriously as equals in all matters (including revenge). And who on YouTube embodies that spirit more than Anita Sarkeesian? Didn’t see this recast coming, did you? Imagine her and Harley interacting. Whammy!
Played in the movie by: Paul Rudd
Played in our version by: Joe Jo
Brian Fantana is that guy who thinks he is so cool when he really isn’t, but that bravado kind of makes him cool anyways. I think Joe Jo of Just Kidding Films is a man who could pull off that role so good and rock the Sex Panther: 60 percent of the time, it works every time.
Played in the movie by: Steve Carrell
Played in our version by: Shoenice
Steve Carell did a great job with the roll, but I say, if we’re going to recast the roll of a crazy person, let’s actually use a crazy person: Shoenice. The man who has made a career out of abusing himself would be wonderful here. He’s also a genuine nice guy, so the beloved character of Brick would be well taken care of. I love lamp!
Played in the movie by: David Koechner
Played in our version by: Toby Turner
Whammy! Did someone say Toby Turner should play this part? Because if they didn’t, they should have.
Played in the movie by: Vince Vaughn
Played in our version by: Chester See
Chester See looks like he could play a great smug and self-satisfied news guy. And who is more smug and self-satisfied than Wes Mantooth?