For some reason, I've always found it fascinating to know about people's ideas on who they would cast to play the characters in theoretical movies based upon their webcomics. Would you pick a cast of unknowns? Would you go with A-Listers? Would you pick good actors or pick actors that fit your characters regardless of talent. I am really curious. If I haven't read your webcomic, that's okay, post your link so I may check it out.
Here's my personal list of people I would choose to play some on my characters on Rasputin Barxotka
Camello: A bleached-blond and short-haired Jason Momoa – Muscular, uber manly and, he has the right type of facial structure. My character really does have a weird face, so I need someone with an equally distinctive face. The fact that Momoa can act is a nice bonus, especially since Cam is such a complex character.
Lucky: Long-haired and mustachioed for the younger version and, aged for the older version, Javier Bardem is my number one choice. His look, semi-evil/indifferent attitude attitude and Spanish heritage make him especially suited for the role. He also has the acting chops necessary to pull off a superficially charming, hypocritical, vulnerable, haunted and ultimately selfish character. Seriously Bardem totally excels at tormented.
Teen and Young Adult Marlborina: Genelia D’ Souza’s cute sassiness can easily help her pass for a much younger person. Her Indian heritage also make her an excellent choice to play a Rromani character. Genu’s ability to successfully pull off a great sense of romantic chemistry with a much older actor without coming across as sleazy also helps.
Older Marlborina: A short-haired Penelope Cruz. Name recognition aside, Penelope’s resemblance to Genu, her acting ability and her marriage to Javier Bardem, makes her a no-brainer choice for this role
Mikhail: I physically modeled him after business oligarch Dmitry Rybolov, so naturally I can’t think of a better person to play him. Since Mikhail is fairly wooden, acting ability is not necessary.
Sasha: I honestly can’t think of anyone better than slender twink porn star Brent Corrigan with blue contacts and a curly wig to play the part Sasha. This guy’s bad boy street credentials speak for themselves, he can sing and his sexual energy is undeniable. His pechant for unusual gay-oriented roles and his surprisingly decent acting ability seal the deal. And when he is in a campy mood, he can be the adorable cheeseball that is Sasha.
Zoya: Marta Peterson is a risky choice for the tarty drummer/keyboardist, as she’s an unproven actress. Yet, she has the look and could potentially exude a drugged up bimbo vibe with the help of an acting coach. A basic drumming crash course, and her experiences as the keyboard player for Bleeding Through give her the muse needed to bring the character to life. I like this girl and I believe that she has what it takes to make the part work.
Dmitri: Russian Idol winner Amarhuu Boorhuu’s singing ability and fantastic stage presence are the icing on top for this casting choice. Although he is completely unproven as an actor, I would be willing to take a chance on him because strikes me as easy to work with, he shares Dmitri’s Buryat heritage and he has a a fantastic rock and roll look. With a bit of beard, some fangs and an attitude, I am pretty sure that this boy would have a blast playing a brooding and intimidating villain-type.
Tsar: Casting Camello’s brother-in-crime is an insane challenge. The actor for this role requires an aura of sleazy charm and he absolutely must be a competent gymnast who can dance. As if that weren’t enough of an obstacle to finding qualified actor, the person who plays Tsar must also be able to successfully play a vengeful thug who really just wants to settle down and be happily married. Valeriy Nikilaev is not well known in the United States, but he really has the right vibe and he is a bonafide star in Russia, which would add a bit of extra cultural realism to the character.
Getter: Charlize Theron‘s acting range is absolutely phenomenal and her filmography speaks for itself. Charlize also oozes sexual confidence; a must for playing a high class prostitute like Getter. As if that weren’t great enough, this actress can pull off an action role like a boss.
Tatiana: The busty barmaid seems often seems to vacillate between dramatic intensity and comic relief as Camello’s confidant and overzealous fan girl. Naturally any actress playing this role must be able to have a wide range, as well as as Tatiana’s uniquely exotic look. Veteran actress Courtney Ford, fits the bill perfectly.
Superkiller: The first person I thought of for bringing to life my vision of this character was Tom Cruise. I hate Tom Cruise and the guy is too old and annoying for the role of the introverted and overachieving young assassin. So, instead I searched for a younger look-a-like with action film chops and mixed martial arts skills. Honestly, there’s no contest. Beefcake Sean Faris is the only guy who can play Superkiller, as far as I am concerned. I am not totally impressed by this young man’s acting skills, but considering that Superkiller is less talk and more action, he would probably be able to pull it off.
Romeo Julietta: It was shamefully easy to choose the best actor for role of the Nicotash tribe’s chieftain. When I designed Romeo, I imagined him as British Rromani actor Bob Hoskins with a hat, a tacky gold chain and a toupee. Hoskins’s general “fuck you” attitude is perfect for the character, and his Rroma doesn’t hurt either. He’s brings me a lot of nostalgia and he’s a fantastic actor to boot.
Gloria: Oscar-winning actress Christina Ricci might seem like a weird choice to play Camello’s mostly toothless and always combative wife, but she’s perfect. If you’ve seen her in Monster, it’s easy to see how she can transforme from her glamorous leading persona lady to a poverty-stricken hot mess in an abusive relationship.
So who would you choose to play the characters in your theoretical movie?