Channing Tatum as Swayze in Dirty Dancing. Will Arnett as Carrie. Cheech and Chong in Tron. These aren’t crazy casting nightmares, they’re episodes of Cinemash. What is Cinemash? It’s a new digital series by Mean Magazine in which they mash-up some classic films with actors nobody would ever expect to see. Actors like Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin) portraying Denzel Washington’s character from Training Day or Heroes’ Milo Ventimiglia playing the main character in Oldboy.
The series started back in the beginning of July with 500 Days of Summer stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cinemashing Sid and Nancy. No word on where the idea originally stemmed from, but Mean has done some interesting things with film over the years, including casting SNL’s BIll Hader as the lead in a spoof of Bad Lieutenant.
Some of the Cinemashes miss the mark or try a bit too hard. One of the best, by far, is with the select cast of Reno 911 and The Human Giant portraying the final scene from the surfing crime drama Point Break. The digital series has an exclusive deal with MSN and the Zune, which unfortunately means that we iTunes users don’t get to save the episodes to our iDevices.
Check out the Point Break video after the jump, and stay tuned for a new episode to hit each week.