Monday, November 7, 2011

Cast of Characters

Character: Gunner Star
Books: Gunner Star, Rise of the Bull Mongoni

The enigmatic fearsome anti-hero who brought the Sacred Scrolls of Tarmok exploding into the mainstream and created the Bull Mongoni revolution can only be played by someone with animal magnetism and scorching charisma. When I first began writing Gunner Star in the early 2000's there was only one actor in my mind with the presence and delivery to pull it off. And several years and two Gunner Star books later it is still the same. Vin Diesel IS...Gunner Star.

Past movie role that best demonstrates why:
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)


Character: Tyrone Fulton
Book: Rise of the Bull Mongoni

Tyrone Fulton, the defeated cast out is about to give up on life until he is rescued by Gunner Star and reborn by way of the Word of Tarmok and the Bull Mongoni philosophy. This Gunner Star protege must be played by someone who can be convincing as both an obselete, burned out, jobless middle aged everyman, and the muscular athletic alter ego he is transformed into. Most fitting of all would be to cast this role with a forgotten action hero who himself has been cast out and is desperately in need of an acting rebirth.
Wesley Snipes IS Tyrone Fulton.

Past movie role that best demonstrates why:
Blade (1998)


Character: She a.k.a Angela/Corrina
Book: She

The young woman who mysteriously vanishes and returns from the past via soul transmigration needs to be portrayed by someone who can exude an almost supernatural, ethereal charm and captivating presence. Mia Kirshner was the image firmly planted in my mind when I created the character circa 2002/2003. Although given the age of the character, today I would go with Mila Kunis.

Past movies roles that best demonstrate why:

Mia Kirshner, Exotica (1995)
Mila Kunis, Black Swan (2010)


Character: Valerie
Book: She

The alluring, sensual femme fatale Valerie is the smoldering fire that brings She to life, both the story and the character herself. At the time I wrote She sexy British Italian giallo B movie star Margaret Lee was on my mind. Valerie is the ultimate femme fatale and needs to played someone with insane sexual charisma. So I base these choices on actresses I have seen do realistic, believable, erotic on screen sex scenes. The character today could be played today by Naomi Watts, Scarlett Johansson, or Elizabeth Shue.

Past movie roles the best demonstrate why:

Naomi Watts, anything and everything
Scarlett Johansson, The Black Dahlia (2005)
Elizabeth Shue, no role in particular. I just sense a sexual charisma there that has only been hinted at.


Character: Wes Jackson
Book: Action Figure

There is no getting around the fact that Wes Jackson was written from the first person viewpoint in the most visceral way possible. I wrote it as me. But since I am not an actor and would the movie to actually be good...Jason Statham IS Wes Jackon.

Past movie roles that best demonstrate why:
The Transporter (2002) and Crank (2006)

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