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: Top Gun
I’ve wanted to do a YouTube recasting of Top Gun almost for as long as I’ve wanted to do a YouTube recasting of Point Break (SPOILER ALERT: Next week, suckas!). The 1980s were one of the best periods of moviedom for sheer badassery. Machismo reigned in the Me Era and as a result, this ode to guydom that some people mislabel as “intentionally homoerotic” (it’s definitely unintentionally homoerotic) was born. With a kickass soundtrack that included the likes of the best song to come out of the 80s, “Highway to the Danger Zone,” Top Gun is everything that is right with a pro-military Hollywood film. And now it’s the subject of an awesome recasting.
Played in the movie by: Tom Cruise
Played in our version by: JacksGap
It’s not enough to be handsome and have Tom Cruise’s cool intensity to step into this role — you also have to be short. I think JacksGap could do an awesome job here. He’d have to do one of those things where the British guy does a goofy American accent. Also he’d probably have to Google what the hell “Top Gun” is.
Played in the movie by: Anthony Edwards
Played in our version by: Olan Rogers
The lovable funny best friend. I won’t completely ruin it for you, but it doesn’t end well for Goose. Fortunately, with Olan Rogers in the role, they might let the character live longer.
Played in the movie by: Kelly McGillis
Played in our version by: Hannah Hart
The lone female in a Navy full of guys apparently, Charlie has to be a take-no-prisoners hardass. She’s also got a feminine side though. I think Hannah Hart could pull this off nicely.
Played in the movie by: Val Kilmer
Played in our version by: KassemG
The cold, driven perfectionist. Iceman doesn’t break the rules, he doesn’t make mistakes and he is driven to succeed. He also needs to be someone who can do an antagonizing counterpart without being a true villain. I think KassemG can antagonize people really really well.
Played in the movie by: Tom Skerritt
Played in our version by: Cory “Mr. Safety” Williams
Viper is the wise old instructor who knew Maverick’s dad way back when. Part of the problem with YouTube is that it’s mostly a young person’s game and it hasn’t been around long enough to have anyone authentically qualify as a wise OLD instructor. Instead, I picked someone who can definitely educate the new class on how to do things better.