The original Annie came out in 1982 and starred Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks and comic legend Carol Burnett as Mrs. Hannigan, this remake has made a couple of odd choices in their replacements where Jamie Foxx is in the Warbucks role, as Will Stacks and Cameron Diaz is in the Burnett role. Granted, Finney was also an odd choice back in the original film but he did, at least, look like the comic book character. To be fair, the real star of this re imagining of an old favorite, is the young actress playing the lead role, Quvenzhané Wallis, who is stepping into the tap shoes of Aileen Quinn. This 11 year old possessor of a huge amount of talent, fills the shoes of the original Annie with relative ease and it is her performance which impresses the most.
Most people recognise Terry Kiser from his 1989 portrayal of Bernie Lomax the dead boss in the comedy Weekend at Bernies but now the actor is working on season two of the webseries Johnny Dynamo and he agreed to have a chat with the Guardian Liberty Voice about his recent work and much, much more. On September 5, 2014 the 75 year-old performer took time out of his busy schedule, he was in the middle of costume fittings for another production, to speak with the paper.
There are some things that are intrinsically American. Like the old Chevrolet commercials singing patriotically about baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet, they should have made room for Carol Burnett. There may be a few people who could argue about bestowing the title of “American first lady of comedy television”, but it would be a weak argument at best.
Just my thoughts on this lifelong favourite.