Friday, July 17, 2009

Take me to your leading lady

Random stupid fact about Kat: I know the lines from the first three Star Wars movies by heart.

Now, when I say first three, I mean movies 4, 5 and 6 -- A New Hope; The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

I know of very few who grew up in the 70s and 80s that hadn't seen those flicks at least once. I mean, they're such a staple in our culture, it's difficult to imagine life without them.

So, here's a bit of trivia that rocked my world when I heard it.

Robert Englund -- the guy who played Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street -- talked Mark Hamill into auditioning for the role of Luke Skywalker. Englund, himself, had auditioned for the role and was turned down.

Not only that, but it's been said that actors Nick Nolte, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Burt Reynolds were all considered for the role of Han Solo.

Can you imagine?

Thank goodness they discovered Harrison Ford or the Millenium Falcon may have been adorned with a black and gold bird on its hood, huh?

Other actors have turned down or been turned down for famous roles in other movies as well.

For instance, Will Smith was considered for The Matrix's Neo.

John Cusack was considered to play Johnny Bender in The Breakfast Club.

I don't know about you, but the very thought of replacing the actors who were cast in any of those roles just blows my mind.

Then I started thinking about my ultimate dream. One day, I'd love to see one of my stories make its way to the big screen.
But who, oh, who would play my leading roles?

Although, JK Rowling demanded that the principal cast of Harry Potter be British and pretty much got her way, I doubt authors have much say in it. But that's okay because I haven't found anyone yet that would suit those roles.

That being said, Isla Fisher (whose mother, coincidentally is a novelist) might make a decent Heather.

Other than that, I'm at a loss. Nevertheless, it's a fun thing to think about.

What about you? Have you ever lost yourself in a reverie about who would play your leading roles on the big screen?
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Anonymous said...

OMG, that trivia about Star Wars...holy moly--how interesting. No, I couldn't imagine anyone else playing the parts....

Oh, I see that picture of Isla Fisher (I don't know her acting) and yeah, I can see her playing Heather.

Gosh, as for my characters. The only one I've really given thought to was Shelby (Light of Truth). I envisioned a young Angelina Jolie. Yeah....but I'd have to rethink things to find a younger actor now....

Rosslyn said...

I really like Isla Fisher--that's a great choice for Heather, I think.

Anonymous said...

I love this post...and yes, I saw Empire Strikes Back about thirty times. I am one of the biggest Star Wars geeks EVER (and yet, I don't write SF...go figure)

gzusfreek said...

I was thinking the other day, my friend Mikey and I went to see the first (#4) Star Wars 9 times in two weeks. . . hee hee. . .
I can't imagine any other actors in the roles. Han Solo being my fav :)

I haven't ever seen Isla Fisher before. From what I've read of Heather, Isla looks like a good fit.

I did not think the HP actors would be any good. When the first one came out I was like Hagrid, "No. no way." (can you see him shake his big shaggy head?) However, over the years I can't imagine anyone else!

I certainly wish Orlando could do a character in REMNANTS when it hits the big screen (LOL what a thought) or Johnny Depp playing the evil, desperate Khoran in COBRA CUTLASS.

Eric Bana, Bruce Willis.. .

But, like you said, even if they ever turned them into movies, I'd probably not have a choice :)

Fun thoughts (I think I'd have loved Wil Smith as Neo!!!)

Anonymous said...

KM--Will Smith as Neo...Hmmmm. I think that would have been okay too.

Johnny Depp could totally play Khoran in Cobra Cutlass. Nice CHOICE!

Kat Harris said...

KM and Lynn - I, too, could see Will Smith as Neo. I think it's because some of the costumes have some a MIB feel to it.