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#1 Edited by SgtSphynx (2612 posts) -

Was linked to a Kotaku article about John Cena possibly playing the starring role in a Duke Nukem film. I commented that, if nothing else, he could pull off the look but said he looked more like BJ to me, not that I would cast him in the part. Was curious who all of you thought would be a good fit for the role.

On a side note, it would be really cool if the Duke Nukem movie that is in talks were to make it so Duke still thinks it's the 90s and everyone else pities him. Too bad that will never happen.

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#2 Posted by deactivated-5b85a38d6c493 (1990 posts) -

Dolph Lundgren. A younger Dolph Lundgren.

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#3 Posted by KingBonesaw (1355 posts) -

Brock Lesnar

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#4 Posted by liquiddragon (3281 posts) -

I know ppl hate him but Sam Worthington is kinda perfect if he can work on the accent.

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#5 Edited by nutter (1882 posts) -

Tom Hardy could act the hell out of the role and can get pretty big (see Bronson).

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#6 Posted by Ericjasonwade (377 posts) -

Tom Hardy

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#7 Posted by BladedEdge (1312 posts) -

John Cena. Pretty much spot on. Op was right.

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#8 Edited by Christoffer (2373 posts) -

Even if he would need to buff up a few pounds I wouldn't mind seeing Joel Edgerton as BJ. He has a bit of a "friendly" face, and can be vulnerable and caring like the modern take on BJ, but can play really intimidating if he has to.

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#9 Posted by BabyChooChoo (7089 posts) -

Channing Tatum

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#10 Edited by WhatsHisFace (745 posts) -

Tom Hardy is a really good choice. I was thinking about... Channing Tatum?

Edit: Damnit, It took me too long to come up with an answer and in the meantime Baby said the same thing.

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#11 Edited by RupertTheBear (490 posts) -

Jon Bernthal could be a good pick if the movie was going for the Wolfenstein (2009) look. He just have to play the same character as the Punisher but killing nazi's and white supremacist.

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#12 Edited by FrostyRyan (2898 posts) -

What the actual hell is wrong with you people?? You've never seen Til Schweiger before? jesus fucking christ guys he was BORN to play BJ

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#13 Posted by NTM (11568 posts) -

@frostyryan: He played Jack Carver (Far Cry). He'd be a German playing an American that kills Nazi's.

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#14 Posted by tbk (292 posts) -

Vin Diesel...

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#15 Posted by impartialgecko (1941 posts) -

A severely jacked up Ben Foster

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#16 Posted by viking_funeral (2881 posts) -

Gotta go Sam Worthington.

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#18 Edited by Splodge (2738 posts) -

Gerard Depardieu

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#20 Posted by forkboy (1650 posts) -

Pam Grier

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#21 Posted by SgtSphynx (2612 posts) -
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#22 Posted by Dukenux (12 posts) -

Karl Urban.

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#23 Edited by clagnaught (2109 posts) -

I also thought about how they should just make a Wolfenstein movie instead and cast John Cena in that. As other people have said, Channing Tatum could also do it.

Channing Tatum is a better actor, but John Cena looks like an action figure / superhero. It would feel right from that perspective.

Also, worth mentioning, god they better not make that Duke Nukem movie.

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#24 Edited by Blackout62 (2190 posts) -
@rupertthebear said:

Jon Bernthal could be a good pick if the movie was going for the Wolfenstein (2009) look. He just have to play the same character as the Punisher but killing nazi's and white supremacist.

If they're going for the Wolfenstein 2009 look then they can just throw everything out the window and get BJ's current voice actor, Brian Bloom.

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That said I'm sure it'd just end up being one of the Chrises in the role. Like BJ, Chris Pine is technically Jewish and hates inequality.

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#25 Posted by AlKusanagi (1647 posts) -

Drew Scanlon.

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#26 Edited by pweidman (2837 posts) -

Tom Hardy would own that role.

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#27 Posted by VirtuaNovak (9 posts) -

Could definitely see Tom Hardy playing BJ.

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#28 Posted by Casepb (593 posts) -

I agree with John Cena.

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#29 Posted by OurSin_360 (6117 posts) -

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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#30 Posted by PDXSonic (553 posts) -

Kiefer Sutherland.

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#31 Posted by chrispaul92 (149 posts) -

Danny DeVito

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#32 Posted by ripelivejam (13097 posts) -

Daniel Day Lewis

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#33 Posted by archnite (101 posts) -

What the actual hell is wrong with you people?? You've never seen Til Schweiger before? jesus fucking christ guys he was BORN to play BJ

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Came here to say this. Now here to say this.

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#34 Posted by The_Nubster (3983 posts) -

@blackout62: Speaking of Chris's, Evans maybe? He's a buff dude with a chiseled face who could rock the short hair blond look.

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#35 Edited by Blackout62 (2190 posts) -

@the_nubster: All the Chrises are buff dudes with chiseled faces who can rock the short hair blond look!

That said any of them but Pratt. He seems like he's headed straight on a milkshake duck trajectory.

... Oh right, Pratt because he's Captain America.

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#36 Posted by Sarnecki (1347 posts) -

Cena is perfect in every way.

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#37 Posted by nutter (1882 posts) -

@the_nubster: Yeah, I was thinking about Chris Evans, too. I’m trying to remember if he had any real depth in Snowpiercer.

BJ has those pensive, poetic moments...I think he’d nail the rah-rah soldier moments, but maybe that’s because he’s etched into my brain as Captain America after seeing what seems like dozens of those Marvel movies with my kids.

It’s the nearly warrior/philosopher mix that makes me lean towards earlier picks like Jon Bernthal (who was good and showed range in Walking Dead, but was super effective in The Punisher) and especially Tom Hardy (who mixes the chops of a Pacino with the body morphing of a DiNero or Christian Bale).

Also, BJ is brutal when brutality is called for. I guess I’d be pretty curious to see a Chris Evans take, even if I think the other two would nail it more.

Also, is Channing Tatum a decent actor? I always thought he was man-meat they could stuff into some clothes so they could promptly undress him. I’ve see him in a thing or two years ago, and he didn’t strike me as very memorable. Does he just look the role, or can the man act?

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#38 Posted by BoOzak (2515 posts) -

I feel like they would just choose The Rock, videogame movies dont often get actors that look like their game counterparts.

Also Cena as Duke sounds terrible, you would need an old sleazy dude to play that role. Sort of like Mickey Rourke. (he's a bit too old though)

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#39 Posted by AlKusanagi (1647 posts) -

@nutter: Chris Evans was in Snowpiercer which was pretty goddamn brutal.

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#40 Posted by SASnake (612 posts) -

His voice actor in the newer games, Brian Bloom. He plays "Central" in X-Com 2 and was Kane in Kane and Lynch, was the bad dude in the A-Team film, so he knows how to shoot people.

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#41 Posted by hermes (2588 posts) -

Cena looks the part for BJ. I am not sure about his acting skills, but he already looks like a 90s comic book character.

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#42 Posted by CaLe (4799 posts) -

Scott Eastwood. Ooh-lah-lah.

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#43 Posted by InternetDotCom (3998 posts) -

Gilbert Gottfried

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#44 Posted by TheRealTurk (449 posts) -

@boozak said:

I feel like they would just choose The Rock, videogame movies dont often get actors that look like their game counterparts.

Also Cena as Duke sounds terrible, you would need an old sleazy dude to play that role. Sort of like Mickey Rourke. (he's a bit too old though)

Who knew Wolfenstein and Rampage are actually set in the same universe?

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#45 Posted by Christoffer (2373 posts) -
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Oh, I have to repeat Joel Edgerton after seeing It Comes at Night. It's all about the eyes.

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#46 Posted by MrPlatitude (207 posts) -

Either Joel Edgerton or Tom Hardy would kill it

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#47 Posted by Shindig (4831 posts) -

I want a hollywood miscast. Seeing as Cena's got Duke, Mickey Rourke (who really should play Duke) has to be BJ Blaskowycz.

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#48 Posted by OpusOfTheMagnum (647 posts) -

Tom Hardy maybe?

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#49 Posted by TrulyAlive (1178 posts) -

Everything I’ve seen Cena in has mostly been comedy based and he’s not bad at that but honestly, as effective as the current direction of BJ is, there’s not a massive amount of range.

I don’t think you’d necessarily need a great actor to pull it off, just someone focused on getting those one or two things right and I kinda have faith that one day Cena will go from being a pretty funny ‘sometimes-actor’ to a pretty decent ‘real-actor’.

So yeah, he’s my pick.

Although the moment Tom Hardy says he’ll play BJ, everyone else can fuck right off.

Dude is maybe the most effective understated actor in 30 years of film. Take his characaters from either Warrior or The Drop and give them a Southern accent? He’s basically already playing them how you’d want an onscreen BJ to be played.

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#50 Posted by KirkyX (369 posts) -

I'm gonna second Karl Urban. He doesn't necessarily look the part, but I'm absolutely confident he'd put in an incredible performance as BJ.