Meet the new Del Boy

American readers probably won’t be familiar with the long-running and very popular BBC sitcom, “Only Fools and Horses”.

David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst as Del and Rodney in "Only Fools & Horses".

Suffice is to say that it was a long running sitcom which followed the adventures of the Trotters, a family always on the hunt for the perfect ‘get rich quick’ scheme and in some ways acutely parodied the 1980’s UK political obsession with entrepreneurs and the self-made businessman.

It’s an institution in the UK, albeit one that I’ve never really been able to embrace – give me “Blackadder” any day of the week – so I’m not as affronted by the notion of “Only Fools…” being remade in the US as many of my countrymen will be.

Your new Del Boy is John Leguizamo…

A bit better looking than David Jason, no?

Funny and probably more than capable of playing the hustling, deal-making part of the role but it remains to be seen whether the US remake will go for the pathos of the original or want to make things veer towards more comfortable, advertiser-friendly character comedy.

Deadline has more on this story – if you have any opinion on whether or not this is a good idea or an affront which must be stopped now, feel free to vent your spleen in the comments…

 

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