Saturday, November 27, 2010

A little more Fantasy Casting

One of my favorite things to do, here on the island and at my place, is play the fantasy casting game. I sometimes need a little help visualizing my heroes, and it's always a bit of fun finding the celebrity will fit.

So, here are a few of my recent casting choices:

Hawke, from Nalini Singh's PsyChangeling series: Josh Holloway

I just finished reading Play of Passion (it was great!) and events are moving into place for Hawke's book, which is next. I can't wait!

I didn't even try to find someone with Hawke's trademark silver-gold hair, but when it comes to Hawke's attitude, sense of humor, and charisma, I think Josh Holloway is the total package.

Captain Gabriel Huntley, from Zoe Archer's Warrior (Blades of the Rose series): Ewan McGregor

I loved this book, and a lot of it was due to Gabriel.

He's a soldier who is weary of war, and ready to return to England to settle down with a nice English miss. Or so he thinks.

Then, events overtake him and he finds himself fighting a new war, in a world that he'd never realized was alive with magic, and falling for a sharpshooting woman in Mongolia.

I love how Gabriel makes Thalia's fight his own, and is a through and through soldier to the core. His nervousness about all of his "rough edges" gives him just a hint of vulnerability that I just love.

Javier, from Ginn Hale's The Lord of the White Hell, parts 1 & 2: Rufus Sewell

I know Rufus Sewell's far too old to play the 19(?) year old Javier, but he would be (for me) THE choice if we could go back to Rufus Sewell 20 years ago.

Rufus Sewell has that dangerous quality that Javier has, as well as the smoldering good looks.

Packard, from Carolyn Crane's Disillusionists series: Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Packard is a study in contradictions: smooth operator (or manipulator, Justine might say); victim of circumstance --trapped against his will in Mongolian Delites; stealthy crime boss. I love his ambiguity, which makes him such a fascinating character.

Whether JDM is the kick-ass dad from Supernatural or the odious Comedian from The Watchmen, he seems to have a chameleon-like ability to disappear into a role. Also, his rough-hewn good looks totally remind me of Packard.

Ben, from Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville series: Zachary Levi

The thing about Ben, is that he is an unassuming guy, who is easily under-estimated, until one realizes he is the alpha male of a werewolf pack.

I know it's type-casting, but Zachary Levi really seems to fit the bill.

Ben us usually happy to let Kitty (the pack's alpha female) to be out front and center, leading the pack and as its public face. He prefers to work behind the scenes, doing he work as a lawyer. But, he is always there, ready to back Kitty up, and take care of their pack.

Agree? Disagree? Have any fantasy casting suggestions of your own?

It's been fun visiting the island again!
Come visit me anytime at Renee's Book Addiction.


Chris said...

Am I weird for never doing fantasy casting in my head??

Renee said...

lol. Maybe not for that… :-P

Tracy said...

Lovely choices, Renee. I normally don't try to put an actor with a character in a book because there's never anyone who matches what's in my head! lol

Renee said...

Tracy: Thanks! I don't always do it, but sometimes it helps when I have problems visualizing a character.
Really, for these guys, it was mostly just having fun. ;-)

KT Grant said...

I never thought of Josh playing Hawke, but now I can see it! Nice one.

Who would you pick to play Otto the cucumber from Mind Games?

Renee said...

KB: Thanks! Actually, thinking of the Josh/Hawke combo is what inspired me for this post.
I've been trolling imdb for Otto inspiration. No luck yet. Will keep thinking…

Leslie said...

Perfect choice for Packard.

I didn't get into Lost but think Josh would make a good Hawke, just not so scruffy. :)

Renee said...

Leslie: Thanks! :-)

Yes, JH definitely can pull off that Hawke swagger & charm combo. Can't wait for his book!

Jeff Reid said...

About 25% of authors and readers do some kind of 'fantasy casting'. We created just for them. :)

Jeff Reid

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