Saturday, February 16, 2008

Cast of a lifetime

I think it's safe to say that all readers create images in their minds of their favorite characters. That's why some movies based on books can be such disappointments, because the actor just doesn't match what the reader envisioned during his or her reading. Just for fun, above are the faces I have envisioned for some of my characters while writing this series. I hope this doesn't ruin anything for those of you who are reading the series now. If you have other ideas for Torg or whomever, please let me know!
Torg: Adrian Paul (with long hair)
Laylah: Claire Forlani (with blond hair)
Invictus: Orlando Bloom (with long blond hair)
Vedana: Susan Sarandon (with wild hair and a lot of crazy makeup)
Rathburt: Tim Robbins (with long black hair)
Sobhana: Eva Longoria (just right)
Chieftain Kusala: Gerard Butler (he's perfect)
King Henepola: Samuel Jackson (another perfect match)
Queen Rajinii: Tilda Swinton (awesome for this role)
epic fantasy, Death Wizard, Stephen Donaldson, George R.R. Martin, Terry Goodkind, Rain Publishing Inc., Adrian Paul, Claire Forlani, Orlando Bloom, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Eva Longoria, Gerard Butler, Samuel Jackson, Tilda Swinton


Kappa no He said...

He he again!! Also, if you can bring back Orlando with-the- long-blond-hair (as a Sun god no less!!) I imagine half the female population will be eternally grateful. Me inlcluded.

Jim Melvin said...

He would be perfect for the role. It's a bad-guy role, but sometimes the big-time actors like to be bad. Gawd, it'd be fun to see a book turned into a movie, wouldn't it?

Michael said...

Yes, it would, Jim. Those all very interesting choices. Samuel Jackson is always good choice for powerful characters, too! Anybody remember "Unbreakable?"

Jim Melvin said...

Yes, Samuel Jackson is awesome. Well I guess there's nothing wrong with thinking big!

Jim Melvin said...

By the way, Michael, a quote from your review is on the back page of book four.

Michael said...

Sweet! Thanks, Jim.


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