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'It's a Wonderful Life' Star

Sequel Could Be Awesome

... Or Total Crap!

11/19/2013 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The guy who played 4-year old Tommy Bailey in the classic flick "It's a Wonderful Life" says the recently announced sequel has a chance to be great ... but in the wrong hands ... the movie could turn into a steaming hunk of Christmas dung.

TMZ spoke with Jimmy Hawkins who says he doesn't have any beef with the new "Wonderful" producers for attempting to revive the flick ... but thinks the whole project could fall apart if the script is bad ... or if the right director isn't hired.

The now 72-year old actor says Frank Capra -- the director/producer of the original -- tried pitching a sequel for years when I.A.W.L. first came out in 1947 ... but, at the time, studios felt making a sequel would be sacrilegious.

Jimmy confirms he's in talks to reprise his "Tommy" role ... but says discussions are still extremely preliminary because he wants to make sure it's not just "stunt casting."

Hawkins adds, "I wish them all the luck in the world."

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1.

Nick    

Well it would be total stunt casting and how would it be a sequel if the only character left is an old man who played the four year old? Sounds like a major turkey waiting to happen.

347 days ago
2.

awesomewave    

It's A Wonderful Life 2: Bailey's Revenge.

347 days ago
3.

Brittx    

no! just leave the original by itself it doesnt need a sequel!!!

347 days ago
4.

Igglepiggle    

Will it be a musical?

347 days ago
5.

Dawn    

He's giving them friendly advise - don't screw it up. Something for them to think about before (not after) they've made the movie.

347 days ago
6.

Mikey    

Cast Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck to make sure its a flop.

347 days ago
7.

Mikey    

Opening scene with Doc Brown whisking George Baily away in a time machine with George yelling "Mary" out the window of the DeLorean.

347 days ago
8.

Ace    

When they're tossing all that money on the table at the end to help George, Mr. Potter (the banker) rolls in, stands up from his wheelchair, unveils an oozy and opens fire, as he's scooping up the money, the bell shaped ornament on the Christmas tree is swaying back and forth ringing, little Mary's bloody hand is reaching toward it from the floor, her last words from her foamy, bloody mouth: every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings....fade to black.

Instant classic

347 days ago
9.

NEOVIZION    

Hollywood has hosed so many remakes that if they redo this or make a sequel chances are it will be totaL crap. They are desperate to make money any way the can. THEY JUST BETTER NOT THINK OF REMAKING "A CHRISTMAS STORY".

347 days ago
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davida.richard@ymail.com    

Leave it alone.Sequels to classics should not exist.Period

347 days ago
11.

Truth    

You can play the gay neighbor. They will have to get someone else to play the black woman police captain.

347 days ago
12.

STNCA    

There are some things that should just be left alone. This is one of them.

347 days ago
13.

stu    

Marlo Thomas did a good remake.

347 days ago
14.

NorCalGirl    

Big mistake. The sequel idea is stupid especially for such a classic.

347 days ago
15.

Dead@27    

This guy is old enough to be
Jimmy Stewart's Dog Named 'Blue'.

347 days ago
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