Val Kilmer and Xzibit Join Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant
by Kevin Powers
July 3, 2008
It was announced early last month that the Ghost Rider duo, Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes, would be starring in Werner Herzog's take on the 1992 cult classic Bad Lieutenant. Now we also learn today that a slew of others have now joined the cast, notably low-laying Val Kilmer and rapper-turned-actor Xzibit. Kilmer is set to star as Cage's sidekick, who will headline the movie as the cop with questionable morals, while Xzibit will play "a villain" named Big Fade; it's doubtful the X-Files supporting cast member will play the primary villain, however (at least I hope so). Production is scheduled to begin later this summer for an expected 2009 release of Bad Lieutenant.
I've always liked Kilmer and am glad to see him in a project of this scale. Last time I really took note of him was in the mediocre Mindhunters of 2004 and to a lesser extent 2006's Deja Vu. I doubt he'll ever reprise the edge he had in Heat, but it's cool to see him in a Herzog production. As for Xzibit, let's just say I've made my views on the "Pimp My Ride" host pretty clear. However, as the guy continues to get work (surprisingly), I'll keep an open mind and report back.
Joining the two is also Fairuza Balk (cool!), Jennifer Coolidge (odd), Vondie Curtis-Hall (not bad), Shawn Hatosy (ehh), and Denzel Whitaker (who?). All of these folks sit in solid supporting territory, and considering the subject matter, you can probably guess the kind of role they might fill (e.g. Balk as some kind of trashy street gal, Curtis-Hall as a fellow cop or neighborhood insider, Whitaker as an innocent). All in all, the cast for Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is looking fairly bland. But since this is a Herzog project, the 2009 film has a faint, but steady blip on my radar. Does this recent cast growth get you any more or less excited?
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
Jennifer Coolidge is in this?!?! Seems like a mediocore flick that will open up in early 09 and have a mediocore box office too. Nothing really pops out.
Ryan on Jul 3, 2008
when did Val Kilmers face explode?
Garrett.king on Jul 3, 2008
someone has to tell xzibit you have to know how to act to be an actor, he wasnt even a good rapper
harrison on Jul 3, 2008
Xzibit needs to find the one role he is good at and just be type cast for that role for the rest of his life...lets face it half the actors/actresses out their are type cast...even 'award winning' actors and actresses.
Kyle A. Koyote on Jul 4, 2008
meh not to excited about this movie at all, the only thing that catches my attention is the director, but with a cast i dont really care about its not very interesting.
Curtis on Jul 4, 2008
Kilmer was excellent in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Just my $.02.
dustin on Jul 4, 2008
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