Friday, March 02, 2007

interesting WATCHMEN casting tidbit

Apparently, Tom Cruise had been actively pursuing the role of Ozymandias in Zack Snyder's WATCHMEN adaptation, but now isn't. Fandom collectively sighs with relief, I guess.

That said, despite being in no way a fan of the Tomkat, I would have accepted him in the role as a smug, manipulative, mass-murderer quite readily.


saudade said...

Oh god, that picture makes me twitch. And I do sigh with relief. Regardless of his general real-life creepiness, I just don't see Cruise able to pull off the role. He's too small, and not commanding enough. He plays scrappy better.

If it had happened, at least Alan Moore would have a really really good reason to take his name off that one.

Who would you cast, Mark?

Mark said...

Someone charming, likeable, and good looking, so when you realise just what a c#nt he is, it feels like the real kick in the nuts it clearly felt for poor ol' Rorschach. Remember how Jude Law was actively pursuing the role of Rorschach? He'd be better cast as Ozymandias. Simon Pegg for Rorschach!

saudade said...

I put your suggestion to my husband, and both of us agree about Law and Pegg. But we were having a hell of time casting this movie because the age range is really more folks in their late forties to early fifties (if you're a stickler).

Mark said...

Yeah, well, if you were casting the book properly, it'd be a bunch of gnarled old dudes all the way. But let's face it, Hollywood won't stand for that. But if it did, I'd be casting Terrence Stamp as Ozymandias, Jack Nicholson as the Comedian, and David effin' Carruso as Rorschcach. The gnomish little ginger.

Trevor said...

Hmm...I like David Carruso as Rorschach, but what about William H. Macy? He's a bit older, and looks a bit more worn down (sorry Bill, but it's true). I feel worse, just at first glance, for W.H.M.

Mark said...

Yeah, Macy is a great actor, who'd fully deserve to be in a movie with actors of the calibre of Stamp and Nicholson. But Caruso isn't, which is kinda the point. The dude playing Rorschach should have a chip on his shoulder about being in the same room as all these titans.

Plus, every time I accidently catch some Caruso in his C.S.I. show, I can't help but see some form of total derangement behind his eyes. I could totally see him going medieval on a couple of alsatians.