Saturday, September 3, 2011
Casting "HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF"
I love casting the characters for my books in my head before I start writing. It really helps me visualize the scenes and helps me narrow down the characters' voices. Last night, I stumbled across this extremely funny post on Fantasy Casting about the fantasy line-up if HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF was ever made into a movie.
For the full post, click here. This is a really funny blog and I can't believe I haven't found it before now.
The webmistress, Gina, wants to know how close she was with her guesses, and so I give you MY fantasy cast. Keep in mind that the actors may not match the exact physical appearance described in the book. I was going for overall build and facial structure and "vibe."
GINA'S GUESS: Collin Ferrell
MY CHOICE: Steven Strait.
The Collin Ferrell guess was close for reasons you'll see later. I thought Steven Strait (The Covenant, 10,000 BC) had that manly, but not scary, feel. He has a gorgeous smile, good comic timing, plus he can pull angst off pretty well.
But Collin Ferrell would have worked. Or the alternative of Hugh Jackman, but I'd already used him for Monroe in AND ONE LAST THING. I didn't want to double dip!
GINA'S GUESS: Liv Tyler
MY CHOICE: Anne Hathaway
I love Anne Hathway. She's sturdy. She can pull off the Southern drawl and sarcasm, but she still has that ethereal, other-worldly quality I had in mind for Mo.
But Liv Tyler definitely would have worked, looks wise. I don't know if I can hear her sweet soft voice saying Mo's dirtier lines.
By the way, all of my dirtiness is ENTIRELY necessary, Gina!
GINA'S GUESS: Connie Ray
MY CHOICE: Catherine Keener
I like Connie Ray just fine, but Gina was way off with this one.
GINA'S GUESS: Brian Dennehy
MY CHOICE: Brian Haley
Haley's head is perfectly squared off, exactly what I had in mind for Buzz.
I can see Dennehy playing Buzz thirty years in the future, though.
CHARACTER: Maggie, Cooper's sister
GINA'S GUESS: Cobie Smulders
MY CHOICE: Mila Kunis
I like Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother. But she's not quite tough enough for Maggie. Mila Kunis is small and fierce and I can see her attacking Cooper quite effectively.
For the record, her love interest, Nick, from THE ART OF SEDUCING A NAKED WEREWOLF, would be played by Charlie Hunnam.
GINA'S GUESS: Alan Ritchson
MY CHOICE: Ryan Hurst
I'd never heard of Alan Ritchson, but good LORD, those are some nice abs!
I pictured Samson as more of a big burly, non-threatening lovable goof. Ryan Hurst played those until he joined the Sons of Anarchy cast and was suddenly a big badass.
CHARACTER: Leonard Tremblay
GINA'S GUESS: Steve Buscemi
MY CHOICE: David Arquette, a really scuzzy version of David Arquette
I think in this case, Gina's choice is better than mine! Especially when you considering this picture:
GINA'S GUESS: Jake Gyllenhaal
MY CHOICE: COLLIN FERRELL!
I know! She was so close! But I pictured Eli as someone who could be a "good upright citizen" but had a feeling of barely restrained power about him. Jake Gyllenhaal is great, but will always be a cute teenager in my eyes.
Thanks to Gina, for considering my book so carefully. I had a lot of fun with this.
SO, discussion, do the rest of you do fantasy casting for your favorite books? If so, I'd like to hear some ideas.
For the record, I found all of these pictures on Google Images. I do not own the photos. No copyright infringement is intended.