I've been saving this one up, but I've known for a while that probably my greatest concept for a blockbuster film is Face/Off II -Captain Corelli's Cruise Control. Or Book of Bogus Secrets. Or 8mm Reloaded. Ok, this part could take time to sort out. But the point is, it will be awesome.
While it was perfectly entertaining in the original to watch Nick Cage and John Travolta try to act like each other, the illusion was somewhat ruined by Travolta's multitude of expressions.
I know, it's easy to write Nick off to basically this face, but allow me to be generous. He has a whole range of emotion out there. There is Happy:
No idea where people got the idea that he can't emote.
On the other hand, there would be no better costar for this movie than Keanu Reeves. He too is given a hard time for his emotional range. But check out all of these different expressions in his repertoire. We have thoughtful:
and the now ubiquitous Sad Keanu:
Now, clearly it is going to really take everything these actors have to embody each other. There are so many little variations and minor movements to master.
Let us imagine the scene where they finally come face to face and want to take each others' face...off. (I so love that part).
Cage: It's like looking in a mirror. Only... not.
Keanu: Dude. I know Kung Fu.
Cage: There's only two men I trust. One of 'em's me, and the other's not you.
Keanu: Okay, if you're really us, then what number are we thinking of?
Cage: Snake Eyes!
Keanu: F@%$ Me!
Cage: I'm a little tired, I'm a little wired, and I think I deserve a little appreciation!
Keanu: Vaya Con Dios.
It's actually a lot less violent than the original version. Maybe cause neither of them can figure out what's going on. Certainly not from facial cues. But I bet if we throw in a lot of things blowing up, perhaps a bus, maybe some gun toting cyborgs, some stolen cars, a treasure map, and a motorcycle, no one will even notice the blank faces.