Lets say, you’re an agent with every star at your fingertips and you want to make a movie. Who would you choose? Actor, celebrity or even rockstar: the freedom is all yours.
My list would be as follows:
Hero – Harrison Ford
Almost entirely, my decision is based upon Ford’s appearance in Indiana Jones. In my opinion, the greatest action and adventure movie out there. “It’s not the years, honey; it’s the mileage.”
Princess – Natalie Portman
Ever since her mind-blowing performance in Leon we all knew this girl was a godsend. She would make a beautiful princess (not a skin-headed prisoner – aimed at you James McTeigue!); I could just imagine her leaning out of the castle tower.
Villain – Gary Oldman
My favourite performance by this great actor is in Tony Scott’s adaption from Quentin Tarantino’s early screenplay True Romance. Oldman plays Drexl, a roughneck pimp, and, though short-lived, one of the greatest movie villains of all time (though there are notably loads!).
Sheriff – Christopher Walken
This guy has an incredible filmography. I find him such an enigmatic and intimate actor. His screen presence is deeply powerful, from minor gangster roles (True Romance) to leading art-house gems (The Comfort of Strangers). But, lets see him play a Sheriff! (Last Man Standing doesn’t count).
Mentor – Harvey Keitel
Or madman? Well in this case, I’d cast Keitel as a mentor, a man to look up to and to trust (don’t trust Mr. Orange though!).
Ex-Con (all round tough guy) – Danny Trejo
Who else? This guy has been in everything from independents to blockbusters and he really does have the most badass screen presence I’ve ever seen. He’ll fit the part for any bad guy role, including a psychopathic rapist (Con Air). Not to mention how many brutal deaths the poor man has had to depict. Many of you will remember the recent guillotined head of Trejo’s resting upon a scuttling tortoise in the TV wonder Breaking Bad. Trejo has done a significant amount of work alongside Robert Rodriguez; who else is eagerly anticipating Machete Kills?
Shop Keeper – Seth Rogen
This talented comedian-turned-actor plays the perfect protagonist for a comedy (Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, The Green Hornet). However, if I had to pick a shopkeeper, he’d fit the part (it might be a hemp store…).
Stoner – Chris Tucker
On the precipice of cannabis, I’d love to star Chris Tucker in a movie. It wouldn’t be The Last Friday or Rush Hour 4, but something more like Jackie Returns – hell yeah! (Where are you Quentin?)
The Neighbor – Steve Buscemi
Why, you may ask? He is a remarkable actor and can also have a very creepy screen presence. From Rear Window to Disturbia what creepy neighbor hasn’t made an awesome premise?
Coach – Kevin Spacey
A man of many mysteries… What about a less intricate (or perhaps not?) role of a basketball coach? Let’s hope Ken Carter doesn’t have him thrown off the court!
Annoying Daughter – Elle Fanning
Probably a trait influenced by my recent consumer addiction of Californication. Elle Fanning is a superb young actress. Her portrayal of Alice in J.J. Abram’s Super 8 is breath taking. I’d say she’s too lovely to play an irrational adolescent girl, but she is a wonderful actress, so I’m sure she’d nail the part.
That will do…(for now).
These roles are very standardized and wouldn’t necessarily appear altogether in the same movie. But nevertheless it’s a fun place to start!
So, what would your list be? Tag your post my movie cast or just reply in the comments. By all means add your own character styles – go crazy!