Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

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Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:41 am

Give us your favorite suggestions for casting the movie...any and all characters!
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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby Bix » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:36 pm

I got stuck on Spandau and haven't moved past him yet, but I'll put down what I'm thinking just to get us started. In both books, I have envisioned Spandau as looking very much like a somewhat younger version of a guy from Houston who is on the Board of Directors for the association I work with! I have no idea why I ever thought of that, but there you have it. Since I know we are not going to start a new career for my friend from Houston, my next thought was maybe George Clooney. He can look ruggedly handsome and not-so-perfect if he wants to. I think he might be a good Spandau. I also thought maybe Johnny might make a good Walter, but I'm not sure about that one. I'm not very good with casting, since I don't see a whole lot of movies and don't have cable. Will have to think further on some of the others.
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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby gemini » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:33 pm

Funny how I pictured those characters as I read the book. Since I had Robert Mitchum in my head for Spandau I tried to think who could play Mitchum today. I thought of Russel Crowe
or maybe Clive Owen
or Gerard Butler.
I thought of Anna as the Barbara Stanwick type so I think Sharon Stone
could play a tuff sexy movie queen. I had an Anthony Perkins type in mind for Perec and had a bit of trouble thinking of a younger replacement. I finally stumbled on a young actor that looks the part. Milo Ventimiglia.
For Special, I thought of Wesley Snipes.
I sort of think of Patsy as the Drew Barrymore type.
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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby fireflydances » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:55 pm

I'll be honest. I'm absolutely no good at stuff like this. Gemini, like your choices. They sound good.
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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:12 pm

gemini, I like your Anna and Perec choices but I picture Spandau as older. I'm so bad at names. I can picture faces but have a hard time coming up with the names.

Bix for some reason George doesn't click with me, nothing personal, I like him as an actor. Maybe we need a picture of the guy from Houston to get him started on his way? :grin:

I thought of Cybill Shepherd as a possible Anna. She has the personality and the accent. I picture Special as a big guy. How about Michael Clark Duncan? (Okay I went to imdb to get his name from The Green Mile.)


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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby Theresa » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:23 pm

Ever since the first book, I haven't been able to see Spandau as anyone other than Tommy Lee Jones. He's too old, but everything else about him fits.

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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby fansmom » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:28 pm

I am not good at casting, but always entertained by other people's choices.

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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby gemini » Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:37 pm

Thanks DITHOT for the links. I tried to make them links but it wouldn’t post so when I left the URLs it posted so I gave up. Much easier to use the links. :cool:
I also like Cybil Shepard for Anna. Somehow I didn’t see Special as big. I think those two goons might have had a hard time beating the tar out of someone as big as George. I was worried that Wesley Snipes didn’t seem like the kind of guy that got beat up by goons. Maybe we should have went for Denzel. :biggrin:

Somehow I pictured Spandau as early 40’s. fireflydances…. You are usually pretty good at catching details, did we ever read his age? I do recall us comparing him to Mitchum in the first book and Daniel certainly has included a lot of John Wayne type references. The swaying to the side when he walks comes to mind. I agree with Theresa that Tommy Lee Jones has the rough around the edges look he seems to have. I was trying to look for guys that might settle things with a fist fight.
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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby Bix » Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:25 am

Yes, Theresa, Tommy Lee Jones is perfect for Spandau - but maybe too old. So what about Jeff Bridges? I mean, he's kind of done crusty cowboy old guy lately - but he's not as old as TLJ or some of those guys. And I remember how cool he was in The Fabulous Baker Boys (which was some years ago, but still. . .) But Cybil Shepherd is 60-something, not 40-something, so even though she might be perfect, she is (said without a touch of irony here, folks!) much too old for the part. What about Halle Berry for Anna? Most beautiful woman in the world, 40-something. . .
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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby fireflydances » Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:26 am

Uh.....heard my name called :-O
gemini asked Somehow I pictured Spandau as early 40’s. fireflydances…. You are usually pretty good at catching details, did we ever read his age?
Uh, ok boss I'm on it. I got the rest of the evening and, well, I got the rest of the evening.

Oh, by the way, he's definitely a Mitchum for me. Boy that brings back memories. Ok. I'm on the trail. :investigate:

Geesh man, piece of cake. I googled it :biggrin:
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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby Liz » Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:50 am

Here’s what I’ve got for now......

I still see Spandau as Vince Vaughn (as I did when we discussed Loser’s Town)

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Special, is without a doubt, this guy:

Mekhi Phifer

He played Dr. Gregory Pratt on ER



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You aren’t going to like this, but my first choice for Perec is:

“Ron Weasley” Rupert Grint (edit by Liz)

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I think Ron needs to break away from Ron.

2nd choice is Seth Green:

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I’m still thinking about the rest, but I do like your choices, Gemini.
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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby fireflydances » Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:08 am

Liz, interesting choices, all possible. It's funny I actually SEE Special, Spandau, Anna, Perec. But I don't think they fit any actor I know. Special is skinny and I hear his voice, it breaks when he gets upset. Spandau has the build of your suggestion but older. I mean, geesh, I can't deal with a 38 year old has-been and a 40 year old ancient actresses. These people are nuts. Now, a late 40s Spandau...possible.

I tell you, if they made this into a movie and the people were young, I couldn't take it seriously.
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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby Liz » Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:13 am

Firefly, I think of Special as being skinny too. I just can't think of the name of the actor from the 70s who would be perfect. But I can visualize him. But his face, to me looks like Mekhi Phifer's.

One more…..

I think Amalie should play Amalie (although she is too old now):

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Audrey Tautou
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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby fireflydances » Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:06 am

Mais bien sûr! Although in my head, it's the Audrey Tautou in Amélie
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And, maybe, I was thinking like Diane Lane, she's the right age, for Anna. No, not the best pix. Hey, this isn't my thing, photos.

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Re: Babylon Nights Question #22 ~ Casting

Unread postby Bix » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:37 am

Good picks, Liz. But the guy who plays Ron Weasley is named Rupert Grint, I believe. And that is the perfect picture of Amelie, firefly. That's how I saw Amalie, too.
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