TPAOL Question #20 - Johnny

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Unread postby dharma_bum » Sun Feb 25, 2007 6:43 pm

I agree with those of you who’ve said the Balashov has the cleanest character arch in the novel… and that’s exactly why I would not cast JD in the role.

I would cast him as Samarin, without a doubt. Samarin almost shapeshifts like a spirit to reflect the hunger and needs of each character he encounters. He fills himself with their longings. I don’t think challenges get any better than this for an actor.

For Balashov he is the lost lamb in search of a shepard.
For Mutz he is the abused prisoner looking for a savior to help reclaim his life.
For Mutula he is superstar entertainment in dull town.
For Alyosha, he is a man who still remembers the boy inside.
For Anna, he is the banquet she has starved herself to feast upon.

I would love to watch the transformation in JD’s face when he realizes a saving a single boy is more important than saving mankind.
"You can't broom out your head. You certainly can't broom out your heart. And there's a hot wire between them, and everything shows in the eyes."
—Johnny Depp

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Unread postby Red Shoes » Tue Feb 27, 2007 3:48 am

Brilliant, Dharma Bum. You've convinced me!

That moment on the train with Alyosha would indeed be awesome.
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