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#278996 - 08/15/06 12:36 AM Re: Ken 'Conan' Shamrock? [Re: MattJ]
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The Running Man was also a good movie




Woof. Not in comparison to the book which it sprang from. The movie was a pale imitation.




It was a book???? Thankfully I never read it as Richard Dawson was the perfect person to play the part of the game show hose ... "only in re-runs baby".
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#278997 - 08/15/06 11:22 AM Re: Ken 'Conan' Shamrock? [Re: Dereck]
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It was a short story by Stephen King, under the name 'Richard Bachman'. Very dark. in the book the 'game' is played with the players running all across america, and has none of the cartoonish elements of the film.

I like both versions, especially BuzzSaw- he was just the coolest
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#278998 - 08/15/06 12:01 PM Re: Ken 'Conan' Shamrock? [Re: Cord]
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I do not believe there is a person out here today that could actually bring Robert Howard's Conan to life and do it justice. Arnold's size and personality did make me feel at times like he was Conan but the second movie grossly disappointed me.

Conan's physical attributes alone would be hard to match (Shamrock is large but by no comparision to the detailed description of Conan, with the exception of his early youth - 16-20).

Conan becomes a huge man with the speed, agility, and stamina of an olympic level athlete. His strength is not superhuman but would be difficult to match by some of the best power lifters.

Sorry guys, you are talking to a big fan who has read the majority of the good Conan books (Of course all of Howards, all of Robert Jordans, and all of L Sprague De Campes as well) (sp). I have even read Howard's "Son of the White Wolf" about a Arab prince swashbuckler type. Decent story and the lead character is a much smaller version of Conan's character. Only about 5'9" and about 180 lbs. Still a great read though.

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#278999 - 08/15/06 12:08 PM Re: Ken 'Conan' Shamrock? [Re: RazorFoot]
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I didn't read this thread until now...cool! Am a huge SF and Sword/Sorc. fan from the '60's...and Conan was 'the man'. I thought Arnold was great...if a little too hairless/waxed and on the young side (at the time) for Conan. I think Arnold would still be great, paunch and all, to play the older, aged King Conan.

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#279000 - 08/15/06 12:31 PM Re: Ken 'Conan' Shamrock? [Re: RazorFoot]
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Scottie, also spent my youth reading all of the Conan's. Also like Harlan was into the Fantasy books and still to this day have quite a collection.
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#279001 - 08/15/06 01:07 PM Re: Ken 'Conan' Shamrock? [Re: Dereck]
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WILL YOU HIPPIES GET TO WORK ALREADY!!!!!
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#279002 - 08/15/06 01:30 PM Re: Ken 'Conan' Shamrock? [Re: MattJ]
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Hippy. Was never a hippy but did have some nice golden locks that I had to my shoulders that I feathered back on the sides but hippy, never!!!! This was just the way we wore our hair in the 80's. In the 70's I was a preteen so hippies were just freaks ... ... though in the 80's I sure could have used some of that free love.

And if we are suppose to get back to work ... what are you doing?????
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#279003 - 08/15/06 01:44 PM Re: Ken 'Conan' Shamrock? [Re: Dereck]
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Quote by snippy, asks-too-many-damn-questions, can't-mind-his-own-damn-business, former hippie Dereck -

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And if we are suppose to get back to work ... what are you doing?????




Uh....umm......JUST DON'T YOU MIND AND....UH......STAY ON TOPIC, TROUBLEMAKER!
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#279004 - 08/15/06 11:28 PM Re: Ken 'Conan' Shamrock? [Re: RazorFoot]
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Conan's physical attributes alone would be hard to match (Shamrock is large but by no comparision to the detailed description of Conan, with the exception of his early youth - 16-20).




But you have to look at what Howard had as inspiration for his mental image of 'mighty thews' and 'corded muscles'- it was the 1920's and the Pro Bodybuilding physiques of the late 50's up to today's behemouths were beyong the realms of imagination.
Howard would have had people of Eugene Sandow's proportions as the epitome of hurculean physical presence, and as such, the exaggerated physique in his 1920's mind, would scale well to someone of Shamrock's development. To put things in perspective of how far physique development has come, remember that Sean Connery represented Scotland in the MR Universe competition back in 1955 with a physique that wouldnt even get a glance in your local gym now. Its all a matter of scale and perception based on experience.
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#279005 - 08/16/06 01:27 AM Re: Ken 'Conan' Shamrock? [Re: Cord]
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sean connery was in mr universe??? i coulda been mr universe in the 50's!!!!! lol
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