Sunday, December 7, 2008

Casting call. Trust me on this one.

It's a magnificent debate to find one's self in. Who should play who in the live action version of your most treasured cartoon, comic, or book? These choices essentially decide whether an adaptation works or doesn't. Would Iron Man have been the success it was without RDJ? No. Not even kind of. He didn't just embody the role, the he defined it. His charisma, presence, and total lack of predictability elevated the film to a different level than simply a fun superhero flick. It's a welcome and overdue practice- casting, not necessarily A-list talent, but real talent in films that would typically be considered superfluous. Hulk, while not anything near the movie Iron Man was, still rocked the casting, so at least all the moments between the characters were full, interesting, compelling. Same with Hell Boy, with the new Batman franchise- the casting is so beyond important, it's not to be believed. And here comes Captain America.

Now, anyone who's spoken to me about this knows that, as far as I'm concerned, there is only one man who was born to play this role, and his pal Sundance came in as a close second.
From All Things Fangirl
However, Paul Newman is, tragically, no longer with us, and so we must look elsewhere. And I’m lookin’ at Patrick Wilson.

You may recognize Pat from such rollicking good times as Little Children,Hard Candy, and the action-adventure rollercoaster The Phantom of the Opera, in which he had long Fabiotastic hair and jacked King Leonidas’s chick like it weren’t no thang. Oh, and he’s also playing a lead role in the film adaptation of Alan Moore and David Gibbons’ graphic novel Watchmen, playing Niteowl the second. So, why would he be a good Cap?
From All Things Fangirl

He has the look. American, could be an everyman, but stand-up and demonstrably built. Capable of being charming, dashing, hard- a real leading man. Not that he really plays leading men, he usually plays deviants or emotionally damaged failures, or… you know, failed superheroes who can’t get it up. But! But. He’s got the chops. His range and power as an actor are indisputable. He’s also masterful at changing on screen. Hard Candy is a wonderful example of this- the presence he exudes changes wholly from the beginning of the film to the end. I can’t wait to see the journey he takes in Watchmen. Patrick would tackle Steve Rogers with gravity and skill, and he’d look good doing it.
From All Things Fangirl

Another option is Cheyenne Jackson.
From All Things Fangirl
You’d have to blondify the hell out of him, but once done, he’d make an excellent, if rather young, Cap. He’s a stage actor, so he’d be great at physicality, but I’m not sure they’d want to take the chance on handing him a franchise like this when he hasn’t really done anything at this level before.
From All Things Fangirl
Then again, of all the issues Superman Returns may have had, Brandon Routh was not one of them. So there’s points in the unknown’s category. And that’s pretty much where I’m at with Captain America. No Eckhart, no Pitt, NO CRAIG. I worship at the altar of Daniel “Walking Personification of Sex” Craig more than most, but I don’t think he’s right for Cap. I think he’d rock the shit out of it, but I don’t think this is the role for him. Not now. Anyway, I want more Bond.

Moving right along, a casting call of infinite more import. So, not to hate on Keanu Reeves, but I’m sick to fucking shit of Keanu Reeves. And I like the guy, but I swear to God. This Cowboy Bebop buzz is killing my soul.

If you’re not a CBBP fan, you probably haven’t seen the show, because if you’ve seen the show, you essentially have no choice but to be a fan. Suffice it to say, I am one. Now, if you’re not a CBBP fan, it’s entirely possible you don’t know that its been optioned, and that the man who optioned it is Keanu Reeve’s manager, and producer of such films as Constantine. Based off a comic. Starring Keanu Reeves. Hollywood, we have a problem.
From All Things Fangirl

There is only one person alive in this industry capable of portraying Spike Spiegel, the tragic hero of CBBP, and that man, ladies and gentlemen, is- not Keanu Reeves, twelve years too old and several leagues short of major, in this instance- Lee Pace. Yes, the piemaker prince, the tall, gangly rascal with that marvelous smile. Aside from being as close to picture perfect as humanly possible, he’s a phenomenal actor. He has range, style, charisma, charm, and the perfect smile.


Let’s take a look, shall we?
From All Things Fangirl

From All Things Fangirl

IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE. Through his impressive myriad of roles, Pace has demonstrated an ability to go everyplace Spike does in the course of the series. The cockiness, the determination, the shiftless layabout and the significantly darker side of things, in The Fall and Infamous. And the whole time he exudes irascible charm, from every pore.

We'll see if God has an interest in film or not when the CBBP live action film gets a greenlight and the cast is announced.


Garrett said...

Interesting that two of your actor picks are gay guys.

LoquaciousMuse said...

But I want lee pace for mahselffffffffff

The Doctor said...

You're so right about Lee Pace as Spike, but isn't there a Bepop movie in the works starring Keanu Reeves in the role??

david said...

ahhhh i thought LM had seen cowboy bebop and i got soooo excited but noooooo. in other news, yours truly was actually just cast as spike spiegel in REAL LIFE.

EruditeChick said...

Yes, Doctor. Yes there is and yes he probably is. Which is why this post had to be made.

Garrett, stfu. No one wants to hear your spiteful dribble. Now go cry in your corner.

Actually, in all seriousness, an actor's sexuality is in no way a detraction from their ability to play a role, necessarily. Rock Hudson anyone? Or NEIL PATRICK HARRIS? It doesn't matter if they're gay if they can carry the role.

And David, you wanna watch what you say, because if that's true, we're getting married.

LoquaciousMuse said...

I need to watch cowboy bebop, don't i?

Farris said...


...How hilarious is it that I'm posting this as Farris? LOL.

Garrett said...

WOW. Wasn't being spiteful AT ALL. Just pointing it out like it's a good thing.

Chill the fuck out. I happen to be a fan.

EruditeChick said...

I was joshing you, Garrett. It's all love, man.

LoquaciousMuse said...

Garrett, are you the Garrett we know?

Brendan M. Leonard said...

Patrick Wilson as Captain America just became my go to name drop. Thanks, page. And for some reason, I thought Lee Pace was British. I was wrong. Thanks, Wikipedia.

EruditeChick said...

Yay spreading the gospel!

EruditeChick said...

P.S. Garrett- I only jokingly referred to your comment as spiteful because I, like many other young ladies, have envisioned a future in which Mr. Pace and I are wed and have a delightful brood of talented and charming children together. It was meant in jest.

Garrett said...

No problemo EruditeChick.
And yes, R, that'd be me. :)
You're all up in my RSS feed.

e said...

Why is the smexy pic of infinite proof of Lee Pace's resemblence to Spike not included in this post? Or will there be a follow up post, centered completely around said picture to further back up your points and draw more support?

Freakngeckos said...

As casting calls have concluded about various other actors he is about as apropriate for the role as any actor of said physical description. Although I must say he does have charm, which is a must over the motionless expressions of Keanu Reeves. But if your going to cast a movie such as this it is prized above many others and deserves the utmost scrutany. One casting call suggested James Franco, who I believe not only has charm but also the physical characteristics to bring this character to life. He is also a well established, well known, and up to date actor. Reeves lacks the expressive quality and charm required to play this character, and is a budget pick at best. Erwin Stoff puts his concerns in his wallet, while he tells audiences to wait till the movie comes out before they subject the movie to criticism. I myself find it foolish to sell the role to the highest bidder, as apposed to giving it to someone who can bring it to light. If only we could buy it back.