When news broke Monday that chiseled It-boy Channing Tatum would play a merman in a gender-swapping remake of the Tom Hanks/Darryl Hannah 1984 hit movie “Splash,” a lot of people got very excited.
Not only are we seeing more women reprising traditionally masculine roles — “Mad Max,” “Ghostbusters,” “Star Wars” — but now we’ve got one of Hollywood’s top male idols playing a character originally defined by feminine sex appeal. This time, it will be a man who goes to enormous lengths to find his long-lost love, a man who (we can only hope) will stride forth from the sea completely nude, wandering around helpless and mute until his woman rescues him.
Why stop there? Here are other female roles we would love to see played by dudes.
“Barry Jones’ Diary”: Can Barry Jones have it all? He is sure gonna try! He’s solidly in his 30s, worries constantly about his weight and isn’t even married (sad!). But he’s going to take control of his life and documents it all in his brutally honest diary. Watch the moment Mary Darcy tells Barry that “I like you very much, just as you are.” He doesn’t even have to change for her — swoon!
“Sex and the City”: Cary Bradshaw spends his whole life brunching with bros, writing about feelings and trying to understand women — especially his elusive on-again, off-again flame, a woman so powerful that he doesn’t dare speak her real name.
“Marty Poppins”: Don’t let his whimsical songs and nonsense words fool you: Marty Poppins is a magical, musically inclined manny who takes his childcare responsibilities very seriously.
“Charlie’s Cherubs”: Once upon a time there were three very different little boys who grew up to be three very different men with three things in common: They’re brilliant, they’re beautiful and they work for Charlie (that’s short for Charlene).
“Big Bang Theory”: A hot, aspiring male actor lives next door to some super nerdy and super smart women. Zany antics ensue. The end.
“There’s Something About Mark”: I don’t know, guys, there’s just something about Mark. He’s an attentive listener, he loves yoga, he visits his mother and he’s smoking hot. So, total package.
“Pretty Man”: Vick, a prostitute in Los Angeles, gets hired by Edna, a powerful businesswoman who needs an escort during work and social functions. The two soon fall for each other — hard. Watch Vick giggle adorably as Edna presents him with a fancy watch. Vick even breaks his “no kissing on the mouth” rule. Eventually Edna turns her white limo around and saves our proud but poor, lovable Vick.
“Legally Blonde”: Elmer Woods is a ditzy frat guy who can’t wait to marry his ambitious girlfriend and become a trophy husband. But then his girl tells him that he’s just not serious enough for her big political aspirations, so rejected Elmer and his tiny chihuahua follow her to Harvard, determined to win her back.