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Who should play Kai in the Lifetime movie?

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Yesterday we told you about Kai, the effusive hero hitchhiker who is key to the viral success of KMPH’s video report about the bizarre attempt by a racist man (claiming he was Jesus!) to kill a black PG&E employee. Today there’s even more national attention, with the widely read (in journalism circles) site JimRomenesko.com trumpeting the video, complete with this Tweet from KMPH reporter Jessob Reisbeck:

 

The video has more than a million views on YouTube and has been featured on CNN and other national news outlets. It’s also gone viral in such far-flung locales as Ireland and Australia, Reisbeck notes on his Twitter page.

So we figured it’s only a matter of time before Lifetime comes out with “Hero with a Hatchet.” Which raises the question: Who should play the plum role of Kai? I’ve narrowed it down to five candidates (four local, one from Hollywood). Who gets your vote? Other suggestions?

TERRY LEWIS: (above) Can’t you just see him delivering the “smash, smash, S-AYA-MASH!” line with the appropriate Valley Boy-slash-hurricane intensity?

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PETER ALLWINE: I see Peter taking a sort of laidback, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” approach to the role. But when he gets to the hatchet scene, Mr. Cladwell (“Urinetown”) rears up.

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MARC GONZALEZ: Something about Marc’s wild eyes as a Phantom in “The Rocky Horror Show” matches the (scary) intensity in Kai’s most vehement moments.

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BROOKE AIELLO: Sure, it’s casting against type. But if she could pull off Hamlet, she could certainly handle surfer dialect and a raging opponent. Plus, she knows how to handle a sword, so the hatchet should be no problem at all.

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MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY: I’m all for keeping the role local. But if Lifetime insists on an above-the-marquee star, Matt is a natural. Too old for the role? You bet. But when it comes to spaced-out heroics, he’d be hard to top. An Emmy award, for sure.

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In the meantime, Kai has his own “Kai the Hitchhiker” Facebook page.

Oh, and here’s some late-breaking Kai news: There could be an auto-tune version coming soon:

 

Responses to "Who should play Kai in the Lifetime movie?"

Heather P says:

Inspired choices. All of them.

Globie says:

Steve Van Zant

Ruth says:

James Franco! No doubt about it.

Christy says:

Agree with the commenters above with Kai playing himself, Jason Mewes & James Franco. My ex-boyfriend could definitely be a contender. Unfortunately, he would be considered too old for the role… but I swear they could be twins! :p

Christy says:

Disregard my previous post, I nominate Shaun White instead! Those two look separated at birth.

Vicki says:

Definitely Terry Lewis, although I like seeing Matthew McConaughey in anything.

Debbie says:

I think Kai should play Kai! He is so unique , I don’t think any actor could do him justice!

Amy says:

Dillon Morgan! Or Dane Oliver, who could also kill it. Suh-mash!

Martin Martinez says:

I could not agree with you more.Great choices.

Dale Stewart says:

Kai should play Kai.

Bob SF says:

With our luck, it’ll end up being Bradley Cooper with their OSCAR NOMINEE trailer.
If Entourage was still on, Johnny Drama would be perfect!

Andy says:

How anyone can look beyond Jason Mewes I just don’t know.

Donald Munro says:

You’re right. If I had it to do over again, he’d definitely bump Matthew McConaughey from the list.

Dana Villines says:

If Kai doesn’t have the lead role as Kai; then I would second the nomination for Matthew. But here’s a twist – how about Keanu Reeves?

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