Casting the annoyed airline attendant
August 10th, 2010
01:32 PM ET

Casting the annoyed airline attendant

Now that he has the fame, all he needs is a movie deal.

As folks around the world cheer for Steven Slater, the now infamous JetBlue attendant who quit his job in a really spectacular way, we started to wonder who could play him when Hollywood comes knocking.

Because seriously, you know Tinseltown is going to come knocking.

After all, who can resist a story where a beleaguered employee snaps, lets the curses fly, grabs a beer and throws himself down an emergency chute. And show business never met a film set on an airplane that it didn’t like.

In terms of the look, so far we have come up with Paul Bettany (pictured), Simon Woods and maybe Kiefer Sutherland. But if producers want to go a little younger (and hotter) there is always the newly-single Hayden Christensen.

Or they could totally flip the script and cast Angelina Jolie, who could kick some butt before she evacuated the plane.

Who do you think is the ideal actor (or actress) to play Steven Slater?

soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. awrt

    Latest movies online and free

    October 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark Samel

    I think it's ashame that the media and this blog is making this guy into a hero. Isn't it interesting that someone at a customer service job, trained to service people who are often stressed to begin with while flying, snaps when becoming too stressed, is touted as a hero? That's after cursing at his customers and committing an illegal act and costing the airlines $25K? Why isn't anyone talking about how he could have snapped like that while flying and endangering the passngers and crew? This is sending a message that his behavior is acceptable and applauded.

    August 11, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Boo

    Maybe not a movie, but someone mentioned David Spade and it would be great to see him open the new season of SNL with a skit about this... 😉 How fun!!!

    August 11, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    They should let Steven Slater play himself. A few acting lessons and...wa-LA!

    August 11, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. AJW

    Kevin Connolly, ie Eric from "Entourage."

    August 11, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Amy

    Neal McDonough.

    August 11, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. marcia

    Phillip Seymour Hoffman

    August 11, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Monin

    Jonathan Scarfe, the actor who played the Law Clerk to the Judge, in 'Raising the Bar' would be PERFECT!!!!

    August 11, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. sbamk

    Simon Pegg

    August 11, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. UA

    hmm, Paul Bettany or Steven Slater himself. That would be interesting. 😉

    August 11, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. beenz

    David Spade! Remember the Total B@st@ard Airlines skit from SNL? Buh-bye now!

    August 11, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Leila

    Paul Bettany is hot hot hot...Love this guy...
    Tinseltown will make a movie out that kid who stole airplanes ( a la Catch me if you can ), now this flight attendant...

    August 11, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Britt

    Too bad Stephen Stucker - the outrageous flight attendent in the 1980 movie Airplane – died in 1986 (per wiki). The first time I saw Slater on the new, I immediately thought of Stucker.

    August 11, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Greg

    Philip Seymour Hoffman

    August 11, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Matt

    I think Paul Bettany should do it. they look identical almost and Bettany is a good actor. Do a compare right now.

    August 11, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  16. Eric

    Greg Pitts, the "O Face" guy from Office Space.

    August 11, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  17. boocat

    My vote goes for Greg Kinnear....

    August 11, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  18. Ian Bailey

    From what I understand he told a lady to sit down and not get her luggage from the over head bin and she cursed him out, as the plane was taxiing to the gate. Why isn't the news reporters going after the lady. Isn't it against the law to disobey and interfer with the instructions of a flight crew while on board a flight. Why aren't any new agencies finding out why this lady, who he had the confrontation with, is not being charged for interferring with a flight crew.

    August 11, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  19. Stephanie

    The guy who played "Gunther" on "Friends". He was the Central Perk coffee shop manager. He looks just like this dude.

    August 11, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  20. Patricia A Lewis

    Either someone new or he should play himself

    August 11, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  21. Patricia A Lewis

    I think they should get someone new and unheard of.

    August 11, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  22. This is funny

    This could be LiLo's come back film.

    August 11, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  23. Mrs. Thing

    If only Stephen Stucker were still alive.

    August 11, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  24. JB

    Kelsey Grammer or Drew Carey.

    August 11, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  25. Twizz

    Ok...for those folks like Matt...lighten is just a topic for discussion...nobody has been set to produce, direct, write or cast a film about this is just a topic to discuss for fun. If you get over stressed about things like this then maybe this life is not for you. Relax...take a pill...chill out and have a little fun in your life. There is no need to be so serious ALL the time. Caisandra hit the nail on the head, make this fun and let build on the plot and play with it some.

    On that note...I think Paul Bettany strangely looks like the dude and is a terrific actor. Simon Peg would bring a nice bit of comedy to it and strangely looks like the dude too. The passenger could be someone who can play the ass role very nicely...someone kind of rude or dismissive...Kevin Spacey, one of my personal fav actors of all time, plays an awesome dismissive person. oh or like James Woods.

    August 11, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  26. KK

    LOL there are a lot of good names being listed here but the first name that came to my mind was Simon Pegg, he of "Shaun of the Dead".

    August 11, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  27. Caisandra

    Although MATT seemed to belabor the point, I do agree with him. This story seems a little thin for a movie plot. Possibly the person, who buys/bought the movie rights, might make Steven a superhero/secret agent/transformer to flesh out the rest of the storyline. In any case Neil Patrick Harris would be perfect. Maybe HE can make homage to Steven in his own series.

    August 11, 2010 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  28. jake

    seriously u want a movie about a flight attendent on a slide. reallyy? Reaeaaaaallly?

    August 11, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  29. Jay-C

    The guy who played Gunther on FRIENDS!

    August 11, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  30. The People's Choice

    Samuel Jackson.......There are snakes on this plane!!!

    August 11, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  31. Seat 2F

    Designer Michael Kors

    August 11, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  32. Opines

    Jim Carrey, because most of the pictures I've seen of the guy make me think of "The Mask".

    August 11, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  33. Ozzi

    Sharon Stone

    August 10, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  34. wr24u

    That blonde dude from the old TV show "5 Gay Guys for the Blind Guy" or whatever it was called.

    August 10, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Don

    This will turn into a made for tv movie by the end of the year. Count on it.

    August 10, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Dave

    William Shatner

    August 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Catherine Y.

    Paul Bettany is a great actor and he'd do well...but I'd LOVE to see Matt Damon tackle this.

    August 10, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana920

      I was thinking along the lines of Neal Patrick Harris or Simon Pegg (as other posters did). However, when I read your selection of Matt Damon, I was like "Wow"!

      He has a great sense of humor and is a terrific and versitile actor. Matt is my choice now.

      August 11, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  38. Ghost of Elvis

    John Cryer

    August 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  39. David B.

    Nick Swardson

    August 10, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Eric Schuurman

    Bob Crane. Don't ask me why.

    August 10, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Joe

    Paul Bettany is awesome, by the way. One of my favorite actors.

    August 10, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Kat Kinsman

    Patrick Bristow


    August 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Call_It_As_I_See_It

    Harvey Fierstein

    August 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  44. trevor M

    The guy who played 'Jack' in Will & Grace and Megan Mulally can play the errant passenger

    August 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Matt

    for $#Q$#$ sake – get a life people – what is the point here ... the guy gets fed up with his job and leaves in a 'funny' way and all of a sudden you 'want to make a movie about it' – isn't there anything a little more interesting to make movies about – are you lives really that shallow and boring that this counts as interesting news and something that you would even wanna bother with?? YOU ALL REALLY NEED TO GET A HOBBY!!!

    August 10, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • kp

      Based on the length of your response you don't have much going on either!

      August 10, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  46. bored425

    This dude kinda looks like he could be an actor already

    August 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      This guy is an actor, LOL. Paul Bettany. He's in Bent, A Knight's Tale, Wimbledon, Dogville...a quite a few more movies.

      August 11, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  47. TJ

    This article is as ridiculous as the people who are responding. I guess that includes myself.

    August 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  48. gr8fuldude

    The late Chris Farley would have been perfect (think Matt Foley)

    August 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Albert

    Simon Pegg, the dude from Shaun of the Dead.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • lewax00

      I agree with this. He'd be perfect. And a British accent never made any movie worse!

      August 11, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  50. karen

    Eddie Murphy

    August 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  51. buntyp

    The guy should be someone who can act subservient, to normally accommodate all kinds of passengers, but who comes into his own with this 'Departure'. The Guy who plays Charlie Sheen's brother, on 21/2 Men, could be just the ticket.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  52. George

    Eric Davis would be perfect. He is a little tall but could really pull it off.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  53. D.C.

    Betty White

    August 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Josh

    Will Ferrell.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Lou

    Neil Patrick Harris.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  56. N

    Zach Galifianakis. Because he's not already in everything.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Lisa

    It has to be comedian Jim Gaffigan. Look him up. He's perfect.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Dys

    Mel Gibson he would be great!

    August 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      I agree, apparently it doesn't take much to get him to fly off the handle!
      Plus a few slurs always makes the situation a bit more funny

      August 11, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  59. LO-LO

    Charlie Sheen or Christian Slater with their hair dyed blond. I heard about this on my local news here in NYC– too much. Poor guy !

    August 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |

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