Cast Introduction:
The New Magnificent Seven

As they say: The atmosphere is electric.

But I hate these tuxedo affairs.

DAMN! I just spilt some wine on my boots.

"Oh Hi Mickey"

Rourke. ... Everybody is here.

OOP - The lights are going down ... better get to my seat.

"Ladeeeez and Gentlemen!!!"
... announces a disembodied voice:

"Introducing your "NEW MAGNIFICENT SEVEN !!!"

Generous Applause ...
Hopeful enthusiasm ... tinged with fear.


"Reprising the main role of Chris made famous by Yul Brynner ..."


Brynner - Cruise

Whoa !!! Tom gets some large appreciation.
No problem.
But his selection was already out of the bag.

Tom take a bow ... waves ... flashes his famous grin.

"Tom's role by default", I'm thinking.
He's good though. Sometimes great.
But the inevitable comparisons with (Yul Brynner)
It's tough.

"No matter" I mumble, "I think he's up to it."

Moving along ...

"Ladies and Gentlemen!!"

"Reprising the role of Vin Tanner played formerly by Steve McQueen ... "


Steve McQueen - Viggo Mortenson

I notice people sitting forward in their seats.
Nodding ... yeah ... YEAH !
Lots of applause ... LOTS.
Viggo is popular.

Viggo looks dapper, casual ... salutes.

"VIggo as Vin" I say.
(I think I aced that one)

... 5 to go.

Next ...

"Ladies and Gentlemen!!"

"Reprising the role of Britt that was played by James Coburn ... "


James Coburn - Guy Pearce

"OH !"  "I love Guy." I hear Spielberg's wife exclaim.
Steven nods. "Yes ... yes. That should work very well."

Guy is welcomed ... tanned and grinning.

I feel a swell of growing enthusiasm.

Things seem to be working.

But I'm still sweating.

Next ...

"Ladies and Gentlemen !!!!"

"Reprising the role of Bernardo O'Reilly which was played by the very popular Charles Bronson ... "


Charles Bronson - Willem Dafoe
"Holy Crap !!!" I hear Matt Damon shout ... rising from his seat ...
"This is gonna be one a hell of a movie!
Wish I was in it"

Willem shakes hands with Tom, Viggo, Guy ... waves ...

"Yaaa !!! Yeahhh !!!" I yell.
I can't help it.

A lot of people are standing now ...

Next intro ...

"Ladies and Gentlemen!!

"Hot, from his role as the Villain in Star Trek ,,, and playing the role of Lee made famous by Robert Vaughn ... "


Vaughn - Cumberbach

*silence* ... a gasp or two !!
"Well I'll be damned !!" says Harrison Ford.
"How the hell did they get him !?"

Excited applause arises ... Ringing !

Cumberbatch is dapper, unscarved.

... I wasn't too sure ...

"Way to go Ben" !!!

The next intro ...

"Ladies and Gentlemen!!

"Reprising the part of Harry Luck that was played by Brad Dexter ... "


Brad Dexter - Brendan Fraser

"Wooo hooo" ... I hear Sly yelp. "Nice call!"
"Make it sing Brendan!"

Fraser throws his cowboy hat into the crowd.

"YEAH !! YEAH !!"

I can't believe it ...

It rocks !

Next intro ...

"And now Ladies and Gentlemen!!"

"The last of the Seven ... "

"Reprising the role of Chico that was performed by Horst Buchholz ... "


Horst Buchholz - Aaron Paul

Aaron runs onto the stage ...

The joy is high.

The SEVEN are complete !!

Everybody's standing now ...
OVATION ... !!!

The New SEVEN take a bow ...

"And Lastly" ... intones the MC, above the din ...

... Ladies and Gentlemen .... "

"Reprising the part of the Mexican Bandito Calvera - formerly played by the great Eli Wallach ... "


Eli Wallach - Antonio Banderas

"O My .... Goodness !"
shouts Gene Hackman.
"Way to go Tony !!!"

Antonio has his hair slicked back. Looks a bit shy.
... takes a mock poke from Fraser.

Thunderous applause !!!


All is well.


I slump into my chair

"Monsieur JC ...?"

I turn.
A waiter hands me a bottle of Canadian Club.
"Complements of Monsieur Cruise."

The tag reads:

"Mission accomplished"

I just hope my cheque is in the mail.

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