Who should be the voice of 'Mr. Ed: The Movie'?


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There’s a Mr. Ed movie likely coming to a theater near you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Fox 2000 — which is still swimming in Alvin and the Chipmunks money — has acquired feature film rights to the beloved-when-not-watched-in-decades TV show about a talking horse, according to Variety. Let’s try to minimize the damage to our frontal lobes by asking the important question: Who should voice Mr. Ed? Below, a few of our humble suggestions — write your own in the comment boards!

Zach Galifianakis: Think Bill Murray doing Garfield. All great comedians deserve a nice paycheck every now and then, and letting Galifianakis do his free-association-riffing thing could be pretty darned funny. (Three words: Horse. Playing. Piano.)

Werner Herzog: The game-for-anything auteur is already signed on to play the villain in a new Tom Cruise movie. He has also voiced a plastic bag and a character on The Simpsons. And given his natural fascination with all things nature, surely he would find something amusingly profane about voicing a horse who knows more about human affairs than humanity.

Justin Bieber: Mr. Ed sings!

Lea Michele: Mr. Ed sings, and also now he’s Ms. Ed!

JB Smoove: This would be if they decide to take Mr. Ed: The Movie in a slightly more R-rated direction. Smoove has spent a few seasons on Curb Your Enthusiasm giving incredibly NSFW advice to Larry David. Just replace “Larry” with “Wilbur,” and you’ve got a typical episode of Mr. Ed.

PopWatchers, who would you like to hear as the voice of Mr. Ed when your kids drag you to see this movie in a couple years?

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  • Jillian

    Hell, give the job to Charlie Sheen!

  • Karate Pants

    No one, obviously. This movie should not be happening.
    But I’ll admit, the idea of Leon coming out of a horse’s mouth is awesome. Maybe the horse has Groat’s disease.
    I’m inspired…I’m going to take it one step further and nominate Susie Essman to voice it. (shivers)

  • T

    any idea why Justin Bieber has to be mentioned? how nauseating….

  • br

    the original voice of mr ed belonged to a b movie cowboy actor. who for selfcious reasons i wont reveal his identity, [ i win a ton of drinks with this little tidbit ] however the laconic tones of sam elliot seem the only real choice. wwwilbur

  • MVA

    Patrick Warburton, of course!

    • Jacks

      Of course!! Agreed.

  • Forwarddad

    James Earl Jones

  • Jenn

    You mean Depp is not doing this re-make too. His comparing doing a magazine photo shoot and rape sure made him sound like a horse’s a ss

  • Rachel Green

    Sarah Silverman–but that would be typecasting….

    • F

      You mean Sarah Jessica Parker, don’t you?

      • Shecky

        Yeah, get your equine references straight!

      • Bob R

        damn beat me to it

  • J

    JB SMOoVe…guy is so funny haha

  • amelia in portland

    Oh geez….a couple of months ago, I saw an old Mr. Ed movie and it was really STUPID. Please…just say no to talking animals!

  • Rachael

    Ha…i like the Charlie Sheen idea…but how bout Ed Helms?

  • gigi

    Real question: Why is Mr. Ed being made into a movie?

    • Bob R

      Apparently the rights to My Mother The Car weren’t available

      (I hope no one in hollywoood reads this comment)

  • Hudson

    Nobody. Why is Mr. Ed being made into a movie? Can’t someone come up with an original (good) idea instead of all these HORRIBLE remakes?

  • wanderwuman

    Harrison Ford. To give the role some gravitas.

  • Trent

    Joel McHale or Ed Helms.

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