- Wyatt Russell believes revisiting his father Kurt Russell’s iconic roles would be a bad idea due to their unique and original ideas.
- Both actors are set to portray different versions of the same character in Monarch: Legacy of Monsters.
- Kurt Russell has a storied Hollywood career, with notable roles in films like Escape from New York, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China.
Wyatt and Kurt Russell are slated to portray the same character in Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, but fans shouldn’t expect Wyatt to take on any of his father’s previous roles. Kurt is a seasoned actor with an impressive filmography, including John Carpenter’s Escape from New York, its sequel Escape from L.A., The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. Wyatt believes that revisiting those characters in any reboot or revival would be detrimental to their original essence and appeal.
During an interview with ComicBook.com, Wyatt was asked if he’d consider playing any of his father’s iconic roles: “Everybody’s said that. Part of what made his career so cool is that they were so unique. They have this living, breathing life beyond an opening weekend and that’s only because they’re these incredible ideas. John Carpenter and Kurt Russell and everybody else on those movies created them, and they’re incredibly contained, they’re original ideas, [they weren’t] comic books before. I guess ‘The Thing’ was from ‘Who Goes There?’ or whatever. I know people have tried to remake them, I think it’s a bad idea, to be honest.”
Kurt Russell’s Hollywood career dates back to the 1960s, earning an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Elvis in the 1979 film and a Golden Globe nod for Silkwood in 1983. Other notable roles include Overboard, Tango & Cash, Backdraft, Vanilla Sky, Death Proof, Once Upon in Hollywood and appearances in the Fast & Furious franchise and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
For Apple TV+’s Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, Kurt and Wyatt share the responsibility of playing different versions of Lee Shaw, a former U.S. Army colonel involved in the organization Monarch. Speaking about the unique acting experience, Kurt told Entertainment Tonight: “We were being given this opportunity to play the same person, as opposed to the father and son, so we started hammering away at it and saying, ‘Let’s make this good!’ I suddenly found myself saying ‘God, Wyatt’s going to create this character. I’m going to play him later on in life, so it’s all gotta make sense.” He added: “And I suddenly realized, I’ve watched him all my life, but I’ve never examined him.”
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters airs Fridays, through January 12, 2024, on Apple TV+