I may have talked about this before, and if I have I am sorry – I am old so deal with it. Robotech was a cartoon that was first created in Japan in the magical mystical animation style of Anime (the Paper version being Manga). The show was released in the USA in the early eighties by Harmoney Gold via a guy named Carl Macek, whom I have met and is an egomaniacal shit on a level that rivals William Shatner – seriously it was at the only Comic Con I ever attended and still remember him going on about how lucky the USA is that he exists.
In my previous rantings, if there actually were any (might help if I read the site I write for sometimes, or stopped drinking vodka from a straw) I might have mentioned that Robotech, much akin to The Transformers, is being made into a live action film. When I first heard this I did a boyhood “BADASS!” as with technology for movies being what it is, the film could truly kick major booty. But not all was as it seemed. The first actor they signed to play the lead role of Rick Hunter, dude of asian decent, was Toby McGuire. Don’t get me wrong, I like Toby, but why is it that whenever Hollywood gets their hands on a script, story, or book they seem to want to change it. Sure the guy’s nationality may not be a big deal, but it was a big part of the story. So I thought on it a bit. Rick hunter was asian right? Then I realized, shit I don’t really know. He had the wicked cool sticking 5-feet off your head in random directions Anime style hair, and he was not the biggest dude ever, so maybe he was. Of course he called Roy Fokker his big brother, and Roy is Germanic. Whatever.
So Toby McGuire. Turns out he is PRODUCING the film as well. Who knew he was a fan? And if he is not I officially hate him. Given Toby it makes me wonder who is going to play the other major roles? Minmei is most certainly Japanese, so if they swap her our with some blond girl I am going to lose it. She needs to be a petite Japanese girl, period. Read her name for pete’s sake – Minmei – that is not Californian for DUDETTE. What other atrocities could await us? I have no idea, but I am very interested in what this could become – both good and bad. The crew over at scificool.com cover it pretty good. I also included a video some dude made on youtube.com about who he thought the actors should be.