Actors that star in original and remake/reboot movie

Sometimes, something odd happens.  An actor reprises their role or a different one for one of the countless remakes that come out each year (Cameos don’t count).

Here is the first part if you haven’t read it.

Peter Dinklage in Death at a Funeral (2010)2010_death_at_a_funeral_wallpaper_011

Family chaos at a funeral.  That was quick.  Pretty much the same movie released at different times. In 2007 came out the original British Production and Hollywood was quick to act with a 2010 remake (an unsuccessful one) and Dinklage portrayed the same character in both; the dwarf.

Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again (1983)19_20_jet-pack-thunderball-1965-sean-connery

James Bond.  This is a weird one.  One could call this more of a re-adaptation of the book, but it still counts as a remake, since a movie with the same story preceded it, Thunderball in 1965, and they mostly used the same screenplay alas with a few changes.  I guess one James Bond movie wasn’t enough that year and maybe Sean Connery wanted to take the spotlight away from Roger Moore who was the current 007 at the time, and reprise his role after 12 years.

Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard (2005)13-the-mean-machine-longest-yard-1975-fictional-sports-teams

Prison inmates form a football team, led by a former pro, to challenge the prison guards.  Reynolds plays the pro quarterback leading the prisoners in the original in 1974 and then that of Coach Nate Scarborough in the remake with Adam Sandler.

Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek (2009 and Into Darkness 2012)LO_Nimoy11091

Well Star Trek the new generation, a reboot of the franchise which can be sought as a sequel, especially with the late Leonard Nimoy reprising his Vulcan persona and the quite common references to events in previous movies.  A peculiar inclusion to the movie, Nimoy has been doing some time travelling in this one, as he spectates from afar for the most part, Zachary Quinto as Spock.

Hugh Keays-Byrne in Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

Finally the reason behind this actor reprising matter, Byrne. mad_max_fury_road_immortan_joe_by_maltian-d89hlf8 The latest actor to star in a reboot.  George Miller called it a revisit, but for the sake of argument let’s not overcomplicate things and call it a reboot.  In the original Mad Max 1979 Byrne portrayed the villain known as “Toecutter” leader of a motorcycle gang.  Back for Fury Road he again took the role of the villain “Immortan Joe” and helped make the film a thrilling ride.

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