Saturday, December 04, 2010

On Casting 'Paradise Lost'

This past Thursday in my Brit Lit course, we were discussing the important characters and more or less who we'd choose to cast in said roles if we were in charge of casting for an adaptation of Paradise Lost. What follows is what we as a class came up with. My suggestions are in bold.
- Adam: Keanu Reeves, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Brad Pitt?
- Satan: Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Nicholas Cage?, Daniel Day Lewis, Johnny Depp?, one of the Baldwin Brothers, Colin Farrell, Mel Gibson, Ian McKellen
- Eve: Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Gwenyth Paltrow?, Eva Longoria, Kate Winslet
- God (the Father): Ian McKellen, Morgan Freeman, Christopher Lee, James Earl Jones, Betty White, Queen Latifah, Meryl Streep
- God (the Son): David Tennant, Russell Brand
With Adam, we were going for actors who can do vacant, emotionless, and shirtless rather well. I chuckled at the thought of Keanu and when the prof mentioned shirtlessness and poor displays of emotion, the thought of Pattinson and Lautner popped into my head and I sheepishly suggested them. Pitt was suggested because he and Angelina work well.
There was an age split when it came to suggestions for Satan, however, the choices primarily relied on how well angry and emotional turmoil could be played out. Pacino was suggested in sync with Reeves in hopes of another Devil's Advocate-like casting. I suggested Bale because of his anger and Cage because ... well, he's Nick Cage.
With Eve, we were looking for some brains and beauty. I had no suggestions there ... but I was thinking about how horrible the casting would be if Kristen Stewart was cast as Eve ... it'd be almost like Twilight over again ... *shudder*
With God (the Father), we were looking for a stern figure with a large repetoire and an overpowering voice. McKellen was the first to pop into my head. Of course, Freeman, Lee, and Jones are known for their recognizable voices. And White, Latifah, and Streep were suggested to fiddle with the gender casting. And as for God (the Son), we were thinking about a bit of flamboyance and such. We didn't get to casting him, but I suggested Tennant and Brand to the prof as the class was letting out.

Until next time! Allons-y, Alonso!

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