Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Casting I 01001100 01101111 01110110 01100101 You

When I was writing "I 01001100..." it played out in my head like a movie... oh, Hello! Yes, I am actually writing. Took a little time to regroup and look back on the whole serial story experience; I have also been reading a lot. Anyway, as I was saying... played out in my head like a movie. So I thought it would be fun to take a page from my good friend Ryan "Shmee" Partlow and his blog (which I contribute to from time to time) and cast my story.

Albro Swift
When I was writing this story I was watching a lot of Chuck with Zachary Levi, so there is a lot of the Buy-More spy and few Chuck references sprinkled throughout the story. He's also a great mix of comedic and dramatic, with a love for the geeky that makes him an inspiration to us all. So he's a logical choice for my lonely Dr. Light*.

At the same time, Zachary doesn't fit the image of what Albro looks like in my head, so to match that with a great actor I have to present David Blue.

I enjoyed David's performance on Stargate Universe, as the awkward, boy-genius Eli who became the heart of the show. He had a wide-eyed wonder and innocence that I think Albro has as well, so he's my choice to play Albro Swift.

Marcus DeMarcus Jefferson
Its a terrible name I know. My first choice for Jefferson was of course Orlando Jones (Make 7-Up yours!) but he doesn't fit into the young and the restless age group I have going on, so the next best option is the man who took over the 7-Up job from him...

Godfrey is a funny man and I think exudes that joy and zest for life that Jefferson has. He's older than the majority of the cast I'm putting together, so to throw out a younger name...

Donald Glover is also funny and full of life. Either would be a great fit for the role.

Gwen was roughly inspired by Luanne, who worked at Lloyd's Electronics in Lynden for forever, but differed from her physically. The picture I always had in my head was from the webcomic The Trenches and the lovely Cora.
She's probably not available, so I'd need a miracle... (uggh)

Miracle Lauri was a delight to watch on Joss Whedon's Dollhouse; she's charming, sweet, and a beautiful woman despite not fitting the acceptable norm. She was exactly who I had in mind as I wrote Gwen and would be hard pressed to pick someone else. She's also very scary if you mention tulips around her.

Calvin Reuben Hanson
When I played Calvin Reuben Hanson, the villain of Time Cop Cruisers 2002 and 2003 at FirCreek Day Camp, I played him like Avery Brooks from Star Trek: Deep Space 9 - a little crazy and a lot over the top. So whomever took on this role had formidable shoes to fill (not really). Finding the right amount of smarm, airheadedness, and menace is a tall order. So here are three guys I thought could pull it off.

Jermaine Clement has already played a similar role in Gentleman Bronco, so he can do it, but pulling off the contemporary of either Zachary Levi or Baby Face Blue probably isn't going to happen, but it'd be great.

Michael Cera would more than get this role; I think he'd have fun with the role, chewing up the screen like... like... an Arrested Development reference. He'd also be young enough.

Finally is the oddest of these ducks, Mr. Aziz Ansari from Parks and Rec. He's funny, he's young, and he's just that little bit off that Calvin Reuben Hanson (at least in my mind) embodies. Any of these three would be able to pull off an amazing... well, nearly amazing. Those 1st through 5th grades gave me rave reviews. So nearly amazing job at the Big Bad Guy.

Of course these are just some of the people that have come to mind as I have written my story, but who have you thought of as you read it? Is my Albro way off? Jefferson not zany enough? Let me know, I would love to compare.

*A Mega Man reference. Dr. Light is the creator of Mega Man and other robots