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Get Smart: Original Series Stars Talk About New Movie

Feldon and KopellUnless you’ve been locked in a telephone booth somewhere, you’re well aware that the new Get Smart movie is being released in theaters this week. It’s a remake of the classic spy-spoof television series that stars Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, and Edward Platt.

The new movie stars Steve Carell as Agent 86, Anne Hathaway as Agent 99, and Alan Arkin as the Chief. Others in the film include Dwayne Johnson, Terence Stamp, David Koechner, Terry Crews, Masi Oka, Nate Torrence, Ken Davitian, Dalip Singh, Bill Murray, and Patrick Warburton.

As we discussed several months ago, most of the castmates from the original series have passed away while others were either not invited to participate or opted not to.

Dick Gautier, who played Hymie the Robot, was initially going to play the President of the United States but that fell through when James Caan became available. Gautier was offer a smaller role and he opted not to take part.

Feldon was reportedly offered a role in the new movie but decided to pass as well. Though she wasn’t part of it, the 76-year-old actress has faith the movie will be a good picture. At the recent TV Land Awards, she said, “I think it’ll be interesting to see how you do that show, which was a 1960s show, and translate it into 2008. I think the cast is just spectacular, every one of them; Alan Arken as Chief, and Anne Hathaway — she’s just ideal, so lovely. And Steve Carell could be, could be Don Adams…his personality, I’m a great fan of Steve Carell.”

Bernie Kopell, who played the evil KAOS agent Siegfried in the original series, has a small part in the new film (Stamp is playing Siegfried in the movie). We asked Kopell about the movie and here’s what he had to say…

Incidentally, Kopell and Adams share a record for having appeared in five out of six incarnations of Get Smart. The late Adams starred in the original series, 1980’s The Nude Bomb feature film, the 1989 Get Smart, Again! made-for-TV reunion movie, and the 1995 spin-off series with Andy Dick. Kopell appeared in all of those except for Bomb but does appear in the new movie (albeit in a different role). Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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Cindybin July 15, 2008 at 11:50 am

Just saw this movie and it was okay; not too much violence (although there was some), and some swear words. I think people who are not familiar with the original series would not enjoy this as much, because they wouldn’t get some of the jokes and characters. But I grew up with Get Smart so I wanted to see it. I was disappointed that the new Agent 99 was not portrayed like the original 99. The new 99 dressed more provacatively and did things like lift up her skirt, etc. The old 99 wore tasteful, modest and cute clothes and didn’t do things like that. The new 99 alo was “meaner”, and tough, and the old 99 was always nice. Max’s character was pretty good; he delivered his lines in a humorous, deadpan way. The Chief was pretty good. It was great to see Bernie Kopelle in his cameo! I wish Hymie (sp?) would have had a larger part, though, as well as Agent 13.

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Dannie June 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm

I’ve watch this movie, this is really a good one.. I enjoyed watching it and I can’t stop laughing at it. I hope to see more movies like this.
Thanks for sharing!.. ;)

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