We should have seen this coming. I actually saw George Lopez on TV cracking a joke about Speedy Gonzales the other day and here he is about to play him in a movie. Oh, the irony. Even though the casting might sound pitch perfect something tells me this film will be a live action, animated assault on our eyes.
According to THR, Lopez will lend his voice to the famous character in a big screen adaptation that he’ll co-produce. New Line Cinema (gasp) will also be on board along with Anne Lopez, Lynette Ramirez, and Jerry Weinstraub.The character Speedy Gonzales debuted in the 1950′s and was known as the fastest mouse in Mexico. He had his popular tagline ¡Andale! ¡Andale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba!, and was a constant foil to Sylvester the Cat, but then again who didn’t get under Sylvester’s skin?
Even though he’s had a following in popular culture, he was criticized for his racist and stereotypical characteristics. Do we even need to bring up his lazy cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez? He was just wrong all around. New Line is aware of these types of issues so they’ve decided to update Speedy’s background with what they call Lopez’ “Latino seal of approval,” whatever that means.
“We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s — the racist Speedy,” Anne Lopez said with a chuckle. “Speedy’s going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and he’s a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he’s good at.”
Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen (Garfield) will adapt the classic animated Looney Tunes character into a live-action/CG hybrid feature. Do I feel safe with this movie being in their hands? Absolutely not! Garfied was horrible, so what makes the studio think these two guys are where it’s at?
What do you think about George Lopez taking on Speedy Gonzales? Do you think the character should be left in the past or can he redeem him?