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Right. So about a week ago I found the book The Stars My Destination, written by Alfred Bester. I finally started reading it thursday afternoon, and finished it friday evening. It is by far one of the most interesting stories that I have read in quite some time. It really is almost nothing like what I have limited myself to reading.

Well-developed characters abound in that novel, to the point where I was able to recall a character that had been briefly explored about a hundred pages prior. It's not often that I read a story and imagine how awesome it would be to see it turned into a movie, but this one just begs to be placed on the big screen. In fact, as I was reading I could not help but start casting it in my mind.

For instance, Presteign of Presteign could only be played by Roger Allam. I honestly can no longer read about a ruthless man who would sell out everything he knows and loves without hearing the voice of Lewis Prothero. Except I see him playing Presteign more as he played E.P Arnold Royalton, which makes sense since he would be playing the Head of an economic powerhouse.

I want to cast Brad Pitt as something, because I want to cast him in absolutely everything. So, I'm thinking maybe as Dagenham. Not sure though, because again, I want to cast him in absolutely everything. Maybe as a Mr. Presto? That would be interesting, but there's not enough appearances of a Mr. Presto to justify hiring him. In an ideal world where he works free, maybe.

I really am stumped as to who should play Gully Foyle, though. He would have to be capable of playing a brute, a buffoon, a socialite, and above all someone who is absolutely driven by revenge. I may have had an idea last night, but now it has gone flittering away. Johnny Knoxville, maybe. Actually now that I think about it, he would be perfect. Of course, I tend to cast him when I can't cast Brad Pitt, so that might just be why I think he would be perfect.

Anyway, that's about it for tonight. Goodnight everybody, and stay safe out there.
  • Bruce Willis has to be Gully Foyle, although I suppose Willis would also make a good Dagenham. .
    • While I enjoy Bruce Willis far more than is healthy, I do not really think of him as up to buffoonery. Besides, he's getting rather on in years, and Gully is barely middle-aged. Also, I'm trying to avoid casting people who have worked together before, and Willis worked with Pitt in the absolutely amazing 12 Monkeys.

      Also, Captain Y'ang-Yeovil needs to be played by Paul Guilfoyle, and Robin Wednesbury should be played by Halle Berry.
      • You never saw him in Moonlighting, then. Or playing opposite Paul Newman in Nobody's Fool.

        Guilfoyle might be good for Yang-Yeovil, but I submit that Cheech Marin would be even better - if you couldn't get Chow Yun-Fat.
        • Couldn't be Chow Yun Fat, for the simple fact that the book says that Y'ang-Yeovil does not look asian at all. I have to say that the thought of Cheech speaking Mandarin has me thoroughly intrigued.

          Edited at 2008-12-21 04:30 pm (UTC)
          • Ooo, good point. You can tell it's been a while since I've read the book.

            Also, inexplicably omitted from previous comment was the suggestion of getting Beyonce or Jennifer Wilson for Robin Wednesbury. Halle Berry is a fine actress, but a little old for the part, methinks.
            • Who is Jennifer Wilson?
              • Sorry, Jennifer Hudson. She won Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for her role in Dreamgirls.
                • Ah. Really, the reason that I say Halle Berry is her voice. It just feels... teachery, to me. I have not heard Hudson's voice, but if it is sufficiently kind and gentle I can see her playing the part.
                  • She's apparently a pretty good singer, so I think she could carry it off.
                    • I still say that I can't really see Bruce Willis as Gully Foyle, though. And if you're booting Halle for age, Bruce is even older. I really do think that Knoxville would be able to pull off the derangement that is Foyle.

                      I am trying to figure out how one would go about filming the escape from the Geoffre Martel, considering as how it is absolutely lightless except for when Dagenham visits or when Foyle gets the IR goggles. Even then, he destroys the IR lightsources partway through, plunging them into darkness again.
                      • People are more willing to excuse age in male actors than they are in women. Sad, but true.

                        I think the escape from the Geoffre Martel would require some damn good scripting. Paging William Goldman...
                        • I also have a difficult time imagining the frenetic energy of Geoffrey Fourmyle being played out by Bruce. The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that Knoxville is the man for the job.

                          Of course, this is just a thought experiment, because no studio would film a book that has a rape scene which is fairly crucial to character development.
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