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I'm totally hooked on Brandon Hardesty's re-enactment series. The Battle of Wits from The Princess Bride was widely circulated in the blogosphere, but my personal favorite is this scene from Planes, Trains and Automobiles. His impersonations of Martin and Candy are so spot-on it's downright eerie.

Hardesty says he is no longer taking requests, but I suppose he might be open to suggestions. Can you think of any well-written, dialog-heavy scenes involving two actors who display a range of emotions but don't interact physically (thus making it possible for Hardesty to perform both)?

Posted on April 18, 2006 to Links


The Billy Crystal / Meg Ryan men and women can't be friends scene from When Harry Met Sally leaps to mind, though that's mostly comprised of short bits of dialog, and Hardesty seems to prefer alternating monologues (as it requires less camera switches). To that end, any of a number of scenes from Before Sunrise and Before Sunset would be perfect.

The scene where Indiana Jones describes the significance of the Ark of the Covenant to his two fellow archeologists is another.

A gimmicky one would be an exchange between Dave and the HAL 9000 onboard the Discovery. HAL could be played by a cardboard box with a red circle drawn on it. Or he could do the conversation between Dave and Frank in the pod, with HAL lip-reading in the background.

Or he could do "My Dinner With Andre" in its entirety, I suppose.

Posted by: Matthew on April 19, 2006 10:31 AM

The diner scene in Heat

Posted by: Fred on April 19, 2006 11:25 AM

What about the "are we speaking about this, or just talking about this?" scene between Ed Harris and Alan Arkin in Glengarry Glenross?

Posted by: RedBetty on April 19, 2006 11:29 AM

The Dude v. The Big Lebowski

Or any scene in The Big Lebowski, really. He could play The Dude, Walter and Donny.

Posted by: Sandor on April 19, 2006 12:06 PM

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead:
The verbal tennis match between Tim Roth and Gary Oldman.

Posted by: Ryan on April 19, 2006 12:13 PM

The ferris wheel scene in The Third Man? Though Wells/Lime gets all the good lines.

Posted by: PSTail on April 19, 2006 1:18 PM

Any of the totally awesome verbal banter between Dante and Randall in Clerks. Some of the best writing ever. However, as Hardesty has noted about some scenes in Pulp Fiction, he might "feel a little dirty" afterwards. Pity.

Posted by: north on April 19, 2006 1:25 PM

Any of the one-on-one interplay between Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter. (If he could do more than two characters, there are some really juicy 3- and 4-player bits in there as well.)

Posted by: Dan Someone on April 19, 2006 2:21 PM

There are a number of great Woody Allen scenes with great dialogue. Although most are between Allen and usually a woman it could be done.

Also countless Monty Python scenes from any of the movies.

Posted by: AZdave on April 19, 2006 3:19 PM

Almost any scene from Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf.

Posted by: Reuben on April 19, 2006 3:30 PM

Cameron (As Sloane's father) vs. Principle Ed Rooney in Ferris Beuller's Day Off

Posted by: Mark on April 19, 2006 4:21 PM

The Royale With Cheese scene from Pulp Fiction, or the footrub scene.

Posted by: Daniel on April 19, 2006 5:38 PM

Hopper Vs. Walken in True Romance.

Posted by: Lung the Younger on April 20, 2006 12:48 AM

I don't know if it's in the movie (I didn't see it), but in the book The Human Stain there is a scene where a couple of characters talk about how Bill Clinton should have f---ed Monica in the a-- a few times to instill some loyalty in her. If he had done that, she wouldn't have been so eager to talk about their affair. I think it would be funny to see Brandon Hardesty act that one out.

Posted by: Steve on April 20, 2006 1:06 PM

Cruise vs. Nicholson in A Few Good Men ( except for the fact that Cruise is in it, and would only serve to solidify the existance of Cruise as a collective human memory...never a good thing).

How about Robin Williams vs. Nathan Lane in Birdcage?

For the pièce de résistance: All 12 of the "12 Angry Men"

Posted by: Ryan on April 20, 2006 1:24 PM

The opening scene of "The Godfather" would be a good one. Or the "Godfather Part Two" scene in Don Vito's office, where the once-arrogant-and-now-terrified landlord comes to knuckle under. (Yeah, it's in Italian, but still, funny and scary at the same time.)

Posted by: MarkDM on April 20, 2006 6:53 PM

Would "I want you to hit me as hard as you can" from Fight Club be too gimmicky?

I'd also like to see a Sean Connery impression, for some reason. Maybe the hospital/morgue line from Untouchables.

Posted by: Anonymous on April 21, 2006 7:04 AM

Let's reach way back and do The Breakfast Club, the scene where they're all sitting in a circle and confessing.

Posted by: Kris on April 27, 2006 11:12 AM

Kirk: Khan... Khan, you've got Genesis, but you don't have me. You were going to kill me, Khan. You're gonna have to come down here. You're gonna have to come down here.

Khan: I've done far worse than kill you, Admiral. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her: marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet, buried alive. Buried alive.


Posted by: Joel Hanes on May 1, 2006 2:05 AM