Brandon Lee’s The Crow Co-Star Has Strong Reaction To Bill Skarsgård’s Remake Look

Summary

  • Rochelle Davis criticizes Bill Skarsgård’s ”
    dingy, dirty, grungy
    ” look as Eric Draven, calling for a Lee lookalike instead.
  • The new Eric Draven’s disheveled appearance aligns with the character’s punk rock origins, drawing comparisons to his comic book inspiration of Iggy Pop.
  • Skarsgård’s version of Eric Draven pays homage to the original while introducing new elements for a modern audience in
    The Crow
    remake.



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Rochelle Davis, the actor who played Sarah alongside Brandon Lee in the original The Crow movie, has offered her thoughts about Bill Skarsgård’s take on the character. Based on the independent comic book series by James O’Barr, the long-gestating remake is finally set to arrive in theaters on June 7. Recently, a series of first-look images offered audiences a glimpse of Skarsgård as a heavily tattooed Eric Draven, generating a wave of backlash and countless comparisons to Jared Leto’s Joker from 2016’s Suicide Squad.


Speaking with TMZ, Davis offered her own thoughts about Skarsgård’s version of Eric Draven, echoing many of the sentiments already widely circulating online with a simple “Yuck”. Suggesting that she hates the character’s “dingy, dirty, grungy” look, Davis posited that the producers should have cast someone who more closely resembles Lee out of respect for the late actor. She also wishes there was more diversity in the cast, and that anyone other than a straight, white male would have been a better pick.


Does Skarsgård’s Grungy Eric Draven More Closely Honor The Character’s Roots?

Bill Skarsgård as The Crow puts on a leather jacket in The Crow.


Long before Skarsgård landed the role of Eric Draven in The Crow reboot, an extensive list of other prospective candidates had been in consideration at various points in the project’s history. With potential castings previously including the likes of Jason Momoa, Tom Hiddleston, Bradley Cooper and even Bill’s older brother Alexander, fans of the original movie have been struggling to come to terms with the idea of a reboot and a new Eric Draven for decades.

Between the original movie’s enduring cult status, and the tragic nature of Lee’s death during its production, whoever was destined to replace Lee in the reboot would be facing an incredibly daunting task in proving themselves worthy of the role. Yet, while Skarsgård’s “grungy” version of Eric Draven may have come as a shock to many, it more closely harkens back to the character’s original inspiration in many ways. With O’Barr previously citing punk rock legend Iggy Pop as the basis for his character’s comic book design, Skarsgård’s disheveled look and lithe frame do seem to reference these specific origins.

Iggy Pop was also the first choice to play Funboy in 1994’s
The Crow
, but was unable to commit due to scheduling issues. Instead, he appeared in 1996’s
The Crow: City of Angels.


While Iggy Pop himself does not sport the same kind of tattoos that Skarsgård’s Eric Draven does, there is no question that his version of the character appears to fully embrace the punk rock origins of the character. Moreover, had the movie’s producers taken Davis’ advice and attempted to cast a Lee lookalike instead, that decision would likely have been slammed as merely an attempt to imitate the original movie. Hopefully, once The Crow arrives in theaters, Skarsgård’s acting talents may have a chance to win over the reboot’s many doubters.

The original Crow movie is available to stream on Paramount+.

Source: TMZ

The Crow (2024)

The Crow (2024) is a dark and gritty reboot of the cult classic film, set in a grim urban landscape. It follows Eric Draven, a musician who is resurrected from the dead to avenge his and his fiancée’s brutal murders. Armed with supernatural abilities and guided by a mystical crow, Eric seeks justice against the criminals responsible, navigating through a corrupt city that is as much a character as he is. This revival pays homage to the original while introducing new elements to captivate the modern audience.

Director
Rupert Sanders

Release Date
June 7, 2024

Distributor(s)
Lionsgate

Writers
James O’Barr , Zach Baylin , William Josef Schneider

Budget
$50 Million

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