They’re remaking The Pink Panther. And by “they”, I mean “people who make more money than I do whether or not they’re more qualified/better educated than I”.
In the lead role of Inspector Clouseau, they have cast Steve Martin. The original Inspector was played by Peter Sellers, who had impeccable comic timing and the best straight face I’ve ever seen. Although I desperately love Steve Martin’s goofiness, I don’t like him cast in this role. I would have preferred to see Steve Carell cast as Inspector Clouseau. I don’t know what Carell is like with accents (which was one of Sellers’ greatest gifts; he could do nearly any accent incredibly badly), but what gets me is that Clouseau wasn’t goofy. He wasn’t over-the-top. That’s what made him so damned funny. As a character, Clouseau took himself incredibly seriously. Sellers played him completely straight. I’m just not sure Steve Martin is going to be able to do that.
I mention it because the Pink Panther movies were a staple of our household vacations from the time Betamax was invented.