“I’m Paul Barlow, and this is my daughter Jo.”

“Malone.”

“You got a first name?”

“Yeah.”

What the shit? Darth Mad Dog?

Okay, I’m skeptical about this one, but it would be irresponsible of me not to make sure everybody has heard this report that three great screen martial artists from the RAID saga are allegedly crossing over to the STAR WARS one. This has been picked up by Deadline and other industry type blogs (specifically the movie industry), but the report comes from Twitch, who source it simply by saying that “Twitch has learned” Iko Uwais (Rama), Yayan Ruhian (Mad Dog/Sad Dog) and Cecep Arif Rahman (“The Assassin” in part 2) will be in THE FORCE AWAKENS.

I guess only time will tell whether or not Twitch learned accurately. In my opinion these three star warriors are for sure playing Luke Skywalker’s triplet sons Huey, Louie and Mad Dog Skywalker. I have learned (in a dream) that part 7 is pretty much non-stop brutal martial arts and death defying stunts with an occasional C3PO “Oh dear!” for punctuation.

Seriously though, guys, if this somehow turns out to be true then it looks like Lucasfilm has decided to go after the coveted Vern vote. Next week they’ll announce that part 3 will be directed by Isaac Florentine and go straight to video.

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VERN has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the books SEAGALOGY: A STUDY OF THE ASS-KICKING FILMS OF STEVEN SEAGAL, YIPPEE KI-YAY MOVIEGOER!: WRITINGS ON BRUCE WILLIS, BADASS CINEMA AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS and NIKETOWN: A NOVEL. His horror-action novel WORM ON A HOOK will arrive later this year.

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19 Responses to “What the shit? Darth Mad Dog?”

  1. When I heard about this, my first thought was “The Three Stooges in IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD”, if you know what I mean. I hope this won’t be the case here and they get actually something to do.

  2. On one hand, this sounds so tragically desperate. Can’t think of anything cool? Import the entire cast of something everyone already agrees is cool! Since the script is written and they’re shooting already, the idea that they’re still casting people in major roles seems impossible; either that or they’re re-writing day by day which is an even more terrifying thought.

    On the other hand…. I never realized how much I needed to see these guys fight it out with lighstabers before. The mind reels. Congratulations Abrams, you’ve discovered an imaginative and wholly unexpected new way to set me up for disappointment.

  3. I should say, as much as people are treating this as gospel, I will really be surprised if it turns out to be true. But if it is, I’m guessing that a) it’s not like they’re hiring them now after the movie was filmed, they were probly involved all along and it just never got out until now 2) they approached Uwais for his choreography and he brought in the other two. In other words it’s not a desperate move to cast a bunch of guys from one movie, but just hiring a stunt team who work together.

  4. If this is true then my excitement level for this movie just went from “cautiously optimistic” to “unabashedly giddy with anticipation”. The mind reels at the possibilities inherent in this casting decision. The only thing I don’t really understand is why we’re hearing about this now. I thought they were already through with principle photography. If these guys are in the movie then that means they already shot their scenes months ago. Weird.

    Mr. Subtlety, I’m not sure I can agree with the idea that casting these guys is somehow a cynical move to cash in on their cool cred. I don’t think The Raid films are widely known enough for this to really mean anything to people outside of the small internet bubble that we all inhabit. I would assume these guys were probably brought in out of genuine appreciation for the talents they bring to the table. But I wholly agree with your last sentence.

  5. I should come up with a website that does nothing but post fake movie news. The advertising money from these fake stories has got to be incredible.

  6. Subtlety: What if they will have big roles in EPISODE 8 (You can be damn sure that they are already working on that one) or one of the spin off movies and will have here just small cameos to introduce them? It’s no big thing to attach a short scene with new actors after the main shoot has wrapped.

  7. Also shouldn’t the headline actually be “What the SITH?”

  8. I’ll never be a Star Wars trekkie, but if ever there were to be a compelling reason for me to camp out for days & nights in line to buy movie tickets, it would be because “starring Yayan Ruhian.”

    I have nerd-gushed about Mad Dog and Machete Man plenty. Dude has turned in 3 of the greatest, most under-appreciated cinema performances of all time. Gareth Evans found gold and platinum when he raided (ha) the Indonesia silat scene.

  9. Maybe this leaked news about Eastern action studs joining Disney’s SW is all just an overreaction to #BroadSaberGate.

  10. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    HAHA

    HA

    please be real?

  11. If I were a betting man, I’d say they were hired after principle photography wrapped for the purpose of motion capture work …which is still cool, but yeah, imagining these guys fighting with lightsabers is pretty awesome.

  12. considering twitch broke this and todd brown from twitch was a producer on both raid movies i think its safe to say this is true (even if they just have tiny background roles)

  13. Well, it’s official: There is absolutely no nothing that can be reported about this new STAR WARS that won’t piss me off. When “There is a movie where three world-class martial artists fight with lightsabers probably” gets nothing from me but “Wow, how original. Maybe you could get Spider-Man in there, too, J.J. Spider-Man is very popular” I know it’s time to take a step back and reassess. I resolve to try not to engage in any STAR WARS-related cynicism until I’ve actually seen this new movie. It won’t be easy in a world where “He wasn’t always successful but he pushed the art of special effects forward and followed the beat of his own drum” is met with roughly 1/1,000,000,000th the enthusiasm as “OMG a shot of a spaceship I recognize from another movie!” but I will do my best,

  14. Crushinator Jones

    January 6th, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    The key is moderation. I’m moderately excited about this news.

    Oh who am I kidding? My careful veneer of neutrality is going to crack approximately three days before release. My mom and I are going to see this at midnight and lose our fucking minds, even if it stinks.

  15. Wasn’t the casting of Ray Park as Darth Insane Clown Posse in the first prequel met with the same kind of cautiously optimistic attention?

  16. I don’t think anybody knew who Ray Park was before that, did they? Looking at IMDb it looks like he had only had a bit part in the terrible MORTAL KOMBAT:ANNIHILATION. And I don’t think the optimism was cautious back then.

  17. The Original Paul

    January 11th, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Mr M – have you considered, y’know, NOT seeing the movie? At least, until other people have said it’s worth seeing? That’s been my strategy pretty much throughout 2014 and late 2013. Not that it’s always worked out (NEIGHBOURING SOUNDS, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE, TRANCE, BOYHOOD…) but at least that way you get a guide as to whether or not you actually want to spend money on this thing.

    I realise it’s easier for me to say that because I have no particular love for, or hatred, of, the STAR WARS franchise or world. I liked the first three movies; I didn’t like the next three movies; there ends my opinion on STAR WARS. Still, if you say to yourself “hey, it’s just another movie”, I think it works out. You gotta be more even-tempered, like me. Not judge a movie on the premise, or the franchise, or what it’s based on. You’ll find life much less stressful that way.

    (Oh, what’s that you say, they’re remaking another Verhoven classic? What the fuck kind of morally and creatively bankrupt scummery is this? This is the death-knell of Hollywood’s ability to make good original movies. Let’s nuke Universal Studios! etc, etc.)

  18. Paul, if there’s one thing you and I share, it’s that the opinions of others have exactly fuck-all to do with our tastes. So waiting around for the hive mind of ingrate hordes who’ve loved the works of George Lucas their whole lives and despised the man who made them nearly as long to churn out its confirmation-biased POV is not something I plan on doing pretty much ever. And while I could ignore the movie altogether, that won’t put an end to my feelings of dread concerning it. The fastest way (and in fact the only way) to dispel dread is to face the source of it as soon as possible. So that’s what I’ll do. If the movie turns out good, I’ll say so. I can admit when I’m wrong. The entire MAJESTYK MAKES AMENDS series is predicated on that notion. But since it’s a done deal that there’s no force on earth that will get me to not see the movie, even it it’s out of 98% morbid curiosity and 2% fragile, misguided hope, the best thing to do is to stop bitching about it until then.

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