Upon hearing that Scotsman Gerard Butler, who played the fearless King Leonidas in the smash hit “300,” has been cast as Snake Plissken in the upcoming remake to “Escape from New York,” the original film’s star Kurt Russell publicly disparaged the casting, commenting that the Snake character was “quintessentially one thing. And that is, American.”

To which we say: Settle down, Kurt. The guy held off the entire Persian army for days, using little more than a shield, a sword, and a diaper. We’re pretty sure he can handle a few surly Manhattanites.