Summer is the season for blockbuster movies. But noticeably absent are any movies about hunting, fishing or other rugged outdoor pursuits. Iron Man 2, Inception, and Toy Story 3 can all have their day in the sun, but we want to see a good movie about our great sports! We’ve decided to take the first step here. If Hollywood comes knocking, we’ve already made a few casting decisions. For starters, any movie touching on the history of the firearms industry would have to mention the late Charlton Heston. Heston was once an actor himself, but most outdoorsmen recognize him first and foremost as the former president of the NRA. George Clooney seems like an appropriate choice to play Heston. Like Heston, Clooney was raised in the Midwest, and we think he’d give a dramatic, cinematic delivery of Heston’s great “from my cold, dead hands” line.
Ken Salazar is the current United States Secretary of the Interior. He’s had his hands full recently with the Gulf oil spill tragedy and issues such as moving the wolf off of the Endangered Species list. Jason Alexander, aka George Costanza from Seinfeld, bears an uncanny resemblance to Salazar at times. And playing Salazar would be a dramatic shift for Alexander, who usually gravitates to bumbling comedy roles.
Rumor has it that an actual Theodore Roosevelt movie is already in the works. We’re hoping there are some fantastic hunting scenes. Martin Mull looks the part and has the dramatic chops to pull off “Teddy.”
Jim Shockey is a famous hunter and TV personality. We’re thinking Kurt Russell could do justice to a roll that would undoubtedly entail filming at rugged locations all across the globe.
Ted Nugent has been vocal about his love of hunting and guns for years. We think Billy Bob Thornton could pull off the role of the “‘Nuge,” if Hollywood ever decides to make a biopic.
John Goodman seems perfect to play Ray Eye of Eye on the Outdoors.
For Joan Wulff, the unofficial First Lady of Flyfishing, we’re going with none other than Betty White.
Buffalo Bill Cody is one of the most famous cowboys of the Old West. He was also an accomplished hunter and founder of Cody, Wyoming. Who better to play Cody than Steve Buscemi?
Jonathan Jarvis is the current Director of the U.S. National Park Service. Chris Cooper looks the part.
Ernest Hemingway is undoubtedly one of the most famous anglers in history, having lived in Key West and fished for huge fish like marlin in the 1930s. Richard Dreyfuss, of Jaws fame, knows a thing or two about movies with big fish. Coincidentally, Dreyfuss is no stranger to playing sportsmen on film; He played Teddy Roosevelt in a movie years ago.
Annie Oakley is undoubtedly one of the most famous female shooters of all time. She was a remarkable sharpshooter and is credited as being one of the earliest female celebrities. Julia Louis-Dreyfus might have to do a lot of target practice to get Annie Oakley’s shooting just right, but we think she’d be great for the job.
Howard Hill was once thought to be the world’s most accurate archer, and many people still consider him to be the greatest archer of all time. If a movie were to be made about Hill (who did some acting of his own, most notably in The Adventures of Robin Hood), we hope Hollywood would think to call Burt Reynolds.
The late Lee Wulff is one of the most famous flyfishermen in history, and throughout his life he did much to popularize the sport. Bob Uecker would make a great Lee Wulff if he’s willing to throw on a pair of waders and grab a fly rod.
Harold Knight, of Knight & Hale game calls, could be played by one of the first James Bond actors, Sean Connery…
…while David Hale could be played another James Bond actor, a bearded Daniel Craig.
Aldo Leopold, the famous environmentalist, could be played by an intellectual Ted Danson.
Jeff Daniels seems like the perfect actor to play TV fishing personality Jimmy Houston.
Fisherman Roland Martin could be played by Dolph Lundgren.
Mark Seacat, the star of Outdoor Life’s Live Hunt, would need to be played by someone rugged, outdoorsy and super-cool. You won’t find someone more cunning and rugged than Richard Dean Anderson (ie, MacGyver).
For Will Primos of Primos hunting calls, think Syriana-era George Clooney (assuming he’s not too busy with his Heston role).
Famous hunter and Outdoor Life writer Jack O’Connor would have to be played by someone who oozes knowledge and confidence. How about Jon Hamm of Mad Men?
If Hollywood ever comes knocking and wants to make a movie about Outdoor Life’_s Hunting Editor Andrew McKean, Steve Carell looks the part. We’re not sure if Carell’s work on _The Office will properly prepare him for a movie set mostly out West though.
What do you think about our casting choices? Also, any big name outdoorsmen that we missed? Leave comments and let us know!