The round is closed. Victor Von Doom wins by default!
Mitchell Hundred - Mitchell Hundred is an odd bird. He has an eccentrically independent alignment evident in his ability to vary between conservative and liberal sides of an issue. He's asexual to the point of being construed by the press as gay. He deflects the skepticism of his staff with off-key humor and bewilders them with seemingly consistent self-contrarianism. Such 'leadership' would best be commanded by Nathan Fillion, who played an equally mind-bogglingly mystifying Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly, a smuggler captain who dourly refuses to ingratiate himself with others but is seriously protective of his crew, and surprises constantly by being both turns idealistic and cynical.
Rick Bradbury - This former Marine may have 'seen it all', but playing supportive best friend to an eccentric superhuman turned city official takes blue-collar resolve and a humorously dour disposition, as well as a pragmatic demeanor to the paternalistic Kremlin. While Michael Chiklis is best known for his role as the Machiavellian police thug Vic Mackey on FX's The Shield, it's his working man charm and humorous warmth on The Commish and Fantastic Four's Ben Grimm that makes him a good candidate for the role.
Ivan "Kremlin" Tereshkov - More than just a one-note Russian caricature, Kremlin's strained relationship with Mitchell Hundred has never compromised his unrelenting belief in the need for vigilantism. As a result, Kremlin is equal turns paternalistic and condescending. Peter Stormare's extensive resume of Eastern Europeans invites typecasting for sure, but it's his ability to play paternalistic condescension in films like Constantine and in TV's Prisonbreak that put him in a league above others to play Kremlin.
Amy Angotti - A true New Yorker, Lorraine Bracco was born and raised in Brooklyn and has earned long-standing respect in television for her portrayal of Dr. Jennifer Melfi, the bemusedly inquistive psychiatrist of Tony Soprano in The Sopranos. However, this Emmy Award winner is known to relish range, having originally turned down a role in the show that was too similar to her role in Goodfellas. As Amy Angotti, Bracco would find a new challenge as a brassy police commissioner with the gumption necessary to survive the strange term of Mayor Mitchell Hundred.
Dave Wylie - If you want a black actor with experience tackling socio-politically topical programming on TV, look no further than Dulé
Hill, from USA Network's Psych. Most people will recall his role as Presidential Aide Charlie Young on The West Wing, where he accumulated much experience being surrounded by over-educated white males with lots of liberal guilt. Playing Wylie would give Hill the opportunity to go on the other side of the fence --- from background-challenged aspirationally-motivated young man to a well-monied ex-councilor having trouble relating to the poor.
Journal Moore - While Erin Daniel is best remembered for her portrayal of the fearful and neurotic Dana Fairbanks on Showtime's The L Word, it's her charming know-it-all and exceeding sensibleness as Jenny on the short-lived Hollywood satire Action (opposite Jay Mohr and Illeana Douglas) that caught my attention as the perfect fit for Journal Moore, an over-educated underachiever with a surprising amount of perception.
Candice Braving - Aida Turturro yada yada yada I'm tired.
Accent? Fillion has an accent? I thought he was just exaggerating it for Firefly. I haven't seen his performance on Drive, but I assumed that his Firefly accent was just really good acting, as he exaggerated that accent even further to play Vigilante in Justice League Unlimited.Seriously...aside from Fillion and Bracco---I didn't even think about any of those choices.
And to be quite honest---while he'd be damn near perfect for this role....much like Clive Owen, he can't hide his accent for ****. And that just kills it for me.
I'm glad you approve. I was worried people would think that it was too 'obvious' to cast Stormare as another Eastern European, but like I said it's his skill at 'paternalistic condescension' that clinched the deal for me. I lurve Peter Stormare so much.Victor Von Doom said:BY THE HAMMER OF THOR!
God why didn't I think of this before!?!?!?! The same way you felt about me casting Lemonhead for the role of Bradbury is the way I feel about this choice. Well played good sir.
I ALMOST cast Michelle Forbes as Angotti, but changed my mind as she has a hoarse voice that really affects her presence, and I wanted a performer who was more New Yorkish and less like the power-dressing type that Forbes is.Victor Von Doom said:Another great choice. Seriously. With the recent return of The Sopranos, I too thought of Bracco for this role. The only reason I didn't go for it is because in the show I wanted there to be some sort of low latent sexual tension between Angotti and Hundred.
Oh, I wouldn't really consider Bracco a big name. When I say 'TV' all-stars, I mean the guys with broad memorable performances, not the seriously studious and low-key excellence of people like Bracco (or anyone who doesn't get first-billing on cable-based shows like The Shield and Carnivale).Victor Von Doom said:Plus, with the nature of the show, I wanted it to be low-key and keep a lot of the BIG TV names out of it and give some other people a chance.
I think the problem with Dule Hill as Wylie is that a) in spite of being 31 years old, Hill has a VERY young face that might strain belief and b) his role on The West Wing was basically an 'eager beaver' young guy.Victor Von Doom said:Having never seen the "West Wing", I couldn't vouch for Hill's serious cred. But I did recognize the apparent talent on USA's "Psych".
I meant New York and LA accents... that are neutral. Not "New York and LA accents 'are' neutral".First, I got ripped off again.
Second, there's nothing "neutral" about New York and Los Angeles accents.
I took the accent quiz. I have a 'Western' accent apparently. Whatever that means.Joe Kalicki said:I have a neutral accent.
Don't talk like that. POST! (And ideally, do it before the round ends, as I have a tendency to post towards the end of the round, unless I'm moderating in which case I post AFTER I declare a winner)Wade Wilson said:Every time I think I have a good cast together, Ourchair posts and I'm too ashamed to post mine. Damn Asians...always undermining my self esteem.