It is not Thursday, but I was so pathetic at posting last week that this is going up today anyway!
Do you ever sit and wonder who could be cast as your favorite characters? (Please feel free to give examples!)
What actors do you think have done particularly excellent jobs with some of your favorite characters?
Ooh, two separate questions, and both of them are delightful.
I’m not a big fan of dream casting. The ladies at Forever Young Adult do one for every book they review. While I like the concept, dream casting requires so much knowledge. I love to read YA, but I don’t like to watch nearly as many TV shows with teen stars, so I wouldn’t know who’s available for dream auditions, so to speak. These days, I’ve been reading mostly for my column. Religious nonfiction doesn’t have casts so much as author photos.
I’m usually pretty happy with actual casts for books-turned-movies. My imagined Professor Snape looked kind of like a troll, so it was easy to prefer Alan Rickman. It’s always easy to like Alan Rickman. Then again, I did not like Michael Gambon in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at all. He was too harsh. Dumbledore was always a quiet kind of intense, not a shouting kind.
I’m interested to see if Jennifer Lawrence can do a good enough job with Mockingjay to make me like it better than the book. I thought she was fine in The Hunger Games, but if she can win an Oscar, maybe she can make PTSD-afflicted Katniss actually interesting. The first book wasn’t easy material to work with, but I was pleased with the way it turned out. (I actually just re-discovered notes I made for a film review here but never posted. Now I don’t even want to bother!) A good actor does not necessarily a good movie make, though.