A 1997 movie by Israeli actor and director Assi Dayan, who died last week, has been remade in Hollywood with a star cast, including Robin Williams, Mila Kunis and Game of Thrones' Tyrion Lannister, Peter Dinklage, who replaces the intrigues of the Seven Kingdoms with a kipa (skullcap).
Now named "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn," the film opens in Israel next week.
In the original movie, "Mar Baum," Dayan himself played the lead role of Mickey Baum, an advertising executive who is told by his doctor that he has 90 minutes to live and spends them rushing around trying to make amends to all the people he has harmed in his life.
The plot in "Angriest Man" is similar, but the lead is played by Robin Williams, in his first lead role since "World’s Greatest Dad" in 2009. A grumpy and foul-mouthed Brooklynite, Williams is accidently told by his doctor (Kunis) that he has 90 minutes to live. As in the earlier film, he rushes around trying to make amends – but this time the doctor has made a mistake and rushes out herself to find him.
Dinklage plays the brother of Robin Williams in the film. In one hilarious scene, Kunis and Dinklage jump into a cab, needing to get to their destination in less than five minutes. When the cab driver tells them he can't make it there that fast, Kunis barks, "Of course it's possible. Speed, run red lights, drive on the sidewalk - I don't care! It's a medical emergency."
With a little haggling, Kunis bribes the driver to do what she says by giving him $225. As they speed through the city, Dinklage yells, "I don't want to die." Kunis screams back, "Go faster."
The screenplay of 'The Angriest Man in Brooklyn' was written by Daniel Taplitz and the film was directed by Phil Alden Robinson.
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