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Oct. 8, 2013by:

Time to take a trip into the occult with John Constantine.

The first time we saw the character come to life was 2005's CONSTANTINE directed by Francis Lawrence with Keanu Reeves in the leading role. That was only a half-assed version. As many fans could see, there were several changes made. The source material was based on both Garth Ennis' "Dangerous Habits" and "Hellblazer: Original Sins" by Jamie Delano. The movie was okay. I've seen it a couple of times. As much as I love Reeves, I would like to have seen the British Constantine complete with brown trench coat.

Right now, the only version of the character we have is Reeves. This is soon to change since NBC has decided to give Constantine his own series. David S. Goyer will write and produce the series along with Daniel Cerone (THE MENTALIST). For some of you there are already two problems: 1. NBC 2. David S. Goyer. Unfortunately, those details are not negotiable. I agree that NBC isn't the best place to put something like this. It might get a decent actor for the role but that's it, which brings us to the question at hand: who would be ideal to play Constantine?

I'm going to start with suggestions that were already mentioned: James Marsters, Michael Fassbender, and Rhys Ifans. Can I throw Ryan Kwanten and Jonny Lee Miller out there? This all depends on which timeline we are following. In the recent DC version, the character is much younger, but throughout Vertigo's Hellblazer run he was aging in real time. I'm thinking they will definitely want him younger. Regardless, we still need someone who is witty, dangerous, disillusioned, and I'd say foul-mouthed but NBC won't be having too much of that. It wouldn't hurt if the actor looked like the singer Sting since that was who they based the character's appearance off of.

I'm sure you guys have some great suggestions, so let's get to casting John Constantine!

RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS 'CAST THIS': Who should direct Star Trek 3?

1. Brad Bird 2. Rian Johnson 3. Rupert Wyatt

I did not expect Brad Bird to be the number one pick here. I guess that he's overdue to direct something, so why not him? But many of you said that he was the "obvious" choice, and I'm wondering why that's so obvious. Rian Johnson landed in second, and right now I'm giving you all internet high fives for that. Third and final choice is one that was endorsed by J.J. Abrams-- Rupert Wyatt. What's funny is that IMDB lists him as the director claiming it was "announced" but nothing has been announced. In fact, no one has been turned down for, or offered the job. Guess we'll find out soon enough.

Extra Tidbit: Alan Moore claims to have met Constantine on several occasions. My favorite is back in 2001: "Years later, in another place, he steps out of the dark and speaks to me. He whispers: 'I'll tell you the ultimate secret of magic. Any cunt could do it.'"
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10:47AM on 10/09/2013

I'll be happy enough if they pronounce his name correctly...

Constantine. Rhymes with 'nine', not 'teen'.
Constantine. Rhymes with 'nine', not 'teen'.
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9:32AM on 10/09/2013

I'm just glad to hear it wont be on the CW...

I like a lot of the choices I'm seeing. I honestly don't know which pick I like best. I like Thomas Jane, and actually could see him taking this part. Paul Bettany and Guy Pierce would be amazing, if they would make that big of a commitment to a potentially long running series. I think Keifer Sutherland is a fantastic choice as well, considering we know he's got the look, and is a man familiar with having some personal demons. But for outside the box thinkers, I'm impressed with the guys
I like a lot of the choices I'm seeing. I honestly don't know which pick I like best. I like Thomas Jane, and actually could see him taking this part. Paul Bettany and Guy Pierce would be amazing, if they would make that big of a commitment to a potentially long running series. I think Keifer Sutherland is a fantastic choice as well, considering we know he's got the look, and is a man familiar with having some personal demons. But for outside the box thinkers, I'm impressed with the guys who said NPH and Sharlto Copely, because Copely's been brilliant as of late, and NPH could really get the chance to show his range. I think there isn't much chance of most of the people named being cast, but I can't see us going wrong with most of the ideas I see floating around here.
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8:59AM on 10/09/2013

Actually

I think Keifer Sutherland if we are just talking the look of the part.
I think Keifer Sutherland if we are just talking the look of the part.
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6:58AM on 10/09/2013

NPH

Physically perfect fit. Can the guy do it? I think he could...and it would be a break-out role for him. I mean honestly, if you can do comedy THAT well, drama is a breeze.
Physically perfect fit. Can the guy do it? I think he could...and it would be a break-out role for him. I mean honestly, if you can do comedy THAT well, drama is a breeze.
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4:03AM on 10/09/2013
Viggo Mortensen has an unprecedented amount of range, can be a bad ass, and smoking comes second nature. I could also live with Guy Pearce or Tim Roth. Pearce may be too lanky, and Roth appears too short.
Viggo Mortensen has an unprecedented amount of range, can be a bad ass, and smoking comes second nature. I could also live with Guy Pearce or Tim Roth. Pearce may be too lanky, and Roth appears too short.
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1:13AM on 10/09/2013
I wholeheartedly support Bettany for the role, but I'll throw Tim Roth in the mix as well. Yeah, he's in his 50s at this point, but to me, that also makes it that much easier to buy him as a grizzled occult detective who's literally been to hell and back.

And if he didn't have the Bond gig going for him right now, I'd have also petitioned for Daniel Craig. I mean, I'd take him seriously in the role, but I'm not sure if folks who aren't familiar with Constantine would be able to separate him
I wholeheartedly support Bettany for the role, but I'll throw Tim Roth in the mix as well. Yeah, he's in his 50s at this point, but to me, that also makes it that much easier to buy him as a grizzled occult detective who's literally been to hell and back.

And if he didn't have the Bond gig going for him right now, I'd have also petitioned for Daniel Craig. I mean, I'd take him seriously in the role, but I'm not sure if folks who aren't familiar with Constantine would be able to separate him from Bond (especially if it was broadcast as a show on NBC, of all places). Then again, I'm sure that those same people would have a hissy fit if they kept Constantine's chain-smoking, so I'm beginning to wonder why they're even trying to do this on NBC in the first place.
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1:04AM on 10/09/2013
Ben Affleck!!
Ben Affleck!!
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12:12AM on 10/09/2013
He may not be british but Nikolaj Coster-Waldau might be a good choice...
He may not be british but Nikolaj Coster-Waldau might be a good choice...
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11:54PM on 10/08/2013
Now, I think Paul Bettany is pretty much a perfect fit, though I actually did enjoy the Reeves Constantine quite a bit and would enjoy a sequel to that.
However. Maybe this is just a thought experiment, but: What about NPH? Hang on. Imagine him with stubble, some scars. Give the guy some space to act in a role besides a comedy version of himself. It's one of those weird things I can't unsee, and I'd love to give him a shot. British accent, the whole bit.
Now, I think Paul Bettany is pretty much a perfect fit, though I actually did enjoy the Reeves Constantine quite a bit and would enjoy a sequel to that.
However. Maybe this is just a thought experiment, but: What about NPH? Hang on. Imagine him with stubble, some scars. Give the guy some space to act in a role besides a comedy version of himself. It's one of those weird things I can't unsee, and I'd love to give him a shot. British accent, the whole bit.
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11:02PM on 10/08/2013
Paul Bettany seems like a good choice. And just to put it out there, I think Peter Dinklage would be an awesome choice as well, regardless of stature.
Paul Bettany seems like a good choice. And just to put it out there, I think Peter Dinklage would be an awesome choice as well, regardless of stature.
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10:23PM on 10/08/2013

Hey, here's an idea.

Ben Affleck.
Ben Affleck.
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10:04PM on 10/08/2013

Wayyyyy out there, but...

How about Billy Boyd?
How about Billy Boyd?
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9:33PM on 10/08/2013
Paul Bettany seems like the best fit. Maybe Sharto Copley as well.
Paul Bettany seems like the best fit. Maybe Sharto Copley as well.
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9:09PM on 10/08/2013

I also vote

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6:55PM on 10/08/2013
I hope this Tv show doesnt happen. If they did it like the Vertigo's Hellblazer run for more of a adult crowd and put it on HBO or FX or hell even AMC it might be good. Not sure who could play him but also remember John Constantine is going to be in guillermo del toro justice leauge dark as well.
I hope this Tv show doesnt happen. If they did it like the Vertigo's Hellblazer run for more of a adult crowd and put it on HBO or FX or hell even AMC it might be good. Not sure who could play him but also remember John Constantine is going to be in guillermo del toro justice leauge dark as well.
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9:37AM on 10/09/2013
Well, I get your point... FX, HBO, and AMC all produce some gritty, dark television which would be ideal for the type of show this needs to be... But at the same time, NBC's also picked up Hannibal, which has got some of the most violent scenes I've ever seen on network tv. I think what it'll all come down to is who the showrunner's gonna be. With Hannibal, we got director David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) and creator Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies). If the
Well, I get your point... FX, HBO, and AMC all produce some gritty, dark television which would be ideal for the type of show this needs to be... But at the same time, NBC's also picked up Hannibal, which has got some of the most violent scenes I've ever seen on network tv. I think what it'll all come down to is who the showrunner's gonna be. With Hannibal, we got director David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) and creator Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies). If the right people get behind this, and handle it carefully, I don't think the fact that it's on NBC will make a difference.
9:45AM on 10/09/2013
Good point actually. I totally forgot that hannible was on NBC, which is decent.
Good point actually. I totally forgot that hannible was on NBC, which is decent.
6:12PM on 10/08/2013
Guy Pearce. 'Nuff said.
Guy Pearce. 'Nuff said.
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5:54PM on 10/08/2013
This might seem kinda out there but what about Andrew Scott? [link]
This might seem kinda out there but what about Andrew Scott? [link]
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5:13PM on 10/08/2013
Charlie Hunnam. English, blonde, gruff voice, familiar with TV work. I like the guy and hope he would drop 50 Shades for a role like this.
Charlie Hunnam. English, blonde, gruff voice, familiar with TV work. I like the guy and hope he would drop 50 Shades for a role like this.
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4:37PM on 10/08/2013

Hmmm

Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg
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4:29PM on 10/08/2013
Guy Pearce would be ideal but I doubt he would commit to a Tv series. A more realistic pick would be Joseph Fiennes.
Guy Pearce would be ideal but I doubt he would commit to a Tv series. A more realistic pick would be Joseph Fiennes.
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3:04PM on 10/08/2013

Guy Pearce or Patrick Wilson

Both have the look and acting chops.
Both have the look and acting chops.
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2:16PM on 10/08/2013

My pic is a twin win!

Ether Shawn or Aaron Ashmore would be perfect for this part. Shawn more so after watching him on the Following!
Ether Shawn or Aaron Ashmore would be perfect for this part. Shawn more so after watching him on the Following!
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1:02PM on 10/08/2013
this might be a little bit out there but id love to see him play this role

Neil Patrick Harris!
this might be a little bit out there but id love to see him play this role

Neil Patrick Harris!
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4:23PM on 10/08/2013
Comedians are usually good at playing dark characters when given the opportunity, I bet he could pull it off.
Comedians are usually good at playing dark characters when given the opportunity, I bet he could pull it off.
6:20PM on 10/08/2013
I think that would actually be brilliant casting. NPH FTW!
I think that would actually be brilliant casting. NPH FTW!
6:59AM on 10/09/2013
I agree.
I agree.
9:16AM on 10/09/2013
You know... I thought, at first, that there's no way he could pull off a role like this. He hasn't really showed a lot of range, in the sense that this role would really require some intensity, and so far, nothing he's done has really required that... But I woulda said the same thing 10 years ago about Bryan Cranston, and I'd be eating my words now. I think he'd be an inspired choice, if (A) he really commits to the character and (B) you find a casting director with the balls to cast him.
You know... I thought, at first, that there's no way he could pull off a role like this. He hasn't really showed a lot of range, in the sense that this role would really require some intensity, and so far, nothing he's done has really required that... But I woulda said the same thing 10 years ago about Bryan Cranston, and I'd be eating my words now. I think he'd be an inspired choice, if (A) he really commits to the character and (B) you find a casting director with the balls to cast him.
12:42PM on 10/08/2013
I'd agree with all the people saying Paul Bettany & Guy Pearce.
Another person I'd say is Dominic Cooper...
I'd agree with all the people saying Paul Bettany & Guy Pearce.
Another person I'd say is Dominic Cooper...
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12:34PM on 10/08/2013

Paul Bettany or Ryan Kwanten

Bettany would be ideal but might be a tough sell for the suits. Ryan Kwanten really impressed in TRUE BLOOD: he has the chops, the look, and the fanbase. Now that TB is wrapping up, he's also available.
Bettany would be ideal but might be a tough sell for the suits. Ryan Kwanten really impressed in TRUE BLOOD: he has the chops, the look, and the fanbase. Now that TB is wrapping up, he's also available.
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12:09PM on 10/08/2013
I can see it being on NBC as a bit of a drawback but television is getting a little edgier in an attempt to compete with shows on premium channels like Showtime and HBO. That being said I think James Marster or Paul Bettany would be perfect as an older Constantine. But I have to agree if they are going younger then I think Michael Pitt would be damn good. The great thing about all three of these actors is that they are recognizable to the average viewer while not being mega superstars that the
I can see it being on NBC as a bit of a drawback but television is getting a little edgier in an attempt to compete with shows on premium channels like Showtime and HBO. That being said I think James Marster or Paul Bettany would be perfect as an older Constantine. But I have to agree if they are going younger then I think Michael Pitt would be damn good. The great thing about all three of these actors is that they are recognizable to the average viewer while not being mega superstars that the network wouldn't be able to afford.
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12:02PM on 10/08/2013
I thought they were doing a dark Justice League movie with Constantine. That's what I'm going off of not this tv show. Guy Pierce would be fantastic and Paul Bettany would be really good too.
I thought they were doing a dark Justice League movie with Constantine. That's what I'm going off of not this tv show. Guy Pierce would be fantastic and Paul Bettany would be really good too.
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11:49AM on 10/08/2013
British? Brown Coat? Why not have one of the three recent Doctor Who's put on a couple pounds. Eccelston is closest at the moment.
British? Brown Coat? Why not have one of the three recent Doctor Who's put on a couple pounds. Eccelston is closest at the moment.
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11:35AM on 10/08/2013
Bendict Cumberbatch
Bendict Cumberbatch
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11:50AM on 10/08/2013
No. Stop giving this guy excuses to take his sweet time making more Sherlock!
No. Stop giving this guy excuses to take his sweet time making more Sherlock!
11:35AM on 10/08/2013
Simon Pegg would be perfect. As would Guy Pearce. But with Goyer at the helm, hopefully any respectable actor will stay far away. This show is going to be a disaster like all of Goyer's other TV shows (Flashfoward & Blade: The Series). Goyer has the golden touch equivalent of suck.
Simon Pegg would be perfect. As would Guy Pearce. But with Goyer at the helm, hopefully any respectable actor will stay far away. This show is going to be a disaster like all of Goyer's other TV shows (Flashfoward & Blade: The Series). Goyer has the golden touch equivalent of suck.
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11:31AM on 10/08/2013
I guess I am in the minority to say I liked the movie, not the greatest in the world but an enjoyable flick non the less.
If they go the TV route Damian Lewis. I can understand the love for James Marsters but I would like to see an English born actor take this role.
For a film route Richard Armitage, damn good in the Hobbit. Has proven he's a damn good actor. Its time the guy had a lead role in a film.
I guess I am in the minority to say I liked the movie, not the greatest in the world but an enjoyable flick non the less.
If they go the TV route Damian Lewis. I can understand the love for James Marsters but I would like to see an English born actor take this role.
For a film route Richard Armitage, damn good in the Hobbit. Has proven he's a damn good actor. Its time the guy had a lead role in a film.
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11:20AM on 10/08/2013

Nathan Fillion or Thomas Jane!!

But for serious, how about Michael Pitt?
But for serious, how about Michael Pitt?
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11:08AM on 10/08/2013
I still say Damian Lewis would be an awesome choice.
I still say Damian Lewis would be an awesome choice.
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11:03AM on 10/08/2013
Simon Pegg or Paul Bettany
Simon Pegg or Paul Bettany
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10:59AM on 10/08/2013
Call me crazy, I vote for Simon Pegg.
Call me crazy, I vote for Simon Pegg.
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10:55AM on 10/08/2013
Clive Owen, but since it's on TV, maybe someone like Damian Lewis if he isn't too busy with Homeland.
Clive Owen, but since it's on TV, maybe someone like Damian Lewis if he isn't too busy with Homeland.
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10:53AM on 10/08/2013
Nathan Fillon!

J/k, the only ones I can think of right now would either be Neil Patrick Harris or Nick Stahl.
Nathan Fillon!

J/k, the only ones I can think of right now would either be Neil Patrick Harris or Nick Stahl.
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10:46AM on 10/08/2013
Paul Bettany... hands down...
you´ve got John Constantine right here: [link]
Paul Bettany... hands down...
you´ve got John Constantine right here: [link]
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11:06AM on 10/08/2013
That's a perfect picture.
That's a perfect picture.
3:00PM on 10/08/2013
If you're producing this thing, how can you see that pic and not be on the horn to Bettany's agent toot sweet?
If you're producing this thing, how can you see that pic and not be on the horn to Bettany's agent toot sweet?
10:42AM on 10/08/2013
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10:32AM on 10/08/2013
Karl Urban.....The guy has to be in every franchise
Karl Urban.....The guy has to be in every franchise
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2:07AM on 10/09/2013
Goddamit, Jim. I'm a doctor, not an occult investigator/con man/British asshole.
Goddamit, Jim. I'm a doctor, not an occult investigator/con man/British asshole.
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10:30AM on 10/08/2013
Being on NBC has its pros and cons. The good thing about NBC is that they're even willing to give a show like this a chance. As far as the networks go, NBC and FOX are the only ones willing to air supernatural horror shows. You'd never see that on CBS or ABC where crime procedurals for the elderly and dopey family dramas are the norm. Of course, NBC's unique problem is they often don't know when it's time to just cancel a crappy show (looking at you Revolution), which is the opposite of FOX
Being on NBC has its pros and cons. The good thing about NBC is that they're even willing to give a show like this a chance. As far as the networks go, NBC and FOX are the only ones willing to air supernatural horror shows. You'd never see that on CBS or ABC where crime procedurals for the elderly and dopey family dramas are the norm. Of course, NBC's unique problem is they often don't know when it's time to just cancel a crappy show (looking at you Revolution), which is the opposite of FOX and their policy of cancelling good shows as soon as possible.

As for the casting of John Constantine, I dig the Guy Pearce suggestion I saw earlier. And for the record I really liked the Constantine movie.
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10:16AM on 10/08/2013
I said Marsters way back in 2005, but now after the last column to show it I'm leaning toward Martin Freeman. Of course since this is going to be on NBC I wouldn't want him wasted on it.
I said Marsters way back in 2005, but now after the last column to show it I'm leaning toward Martin Freeman. Of course since this is going to be on NBC I wouldn't want him wasted on it.
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10:04AM on 10/08/2013
James Marsters
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9:43AM on 10/08/2013
Paul Bettany. I know he's made suck movies as of late (Priest, Legion). This could be a chance for him to redeem himself.
Paul Bettany. I know he's made suck movies as of late (Priest, Legion). This could be a chance for him to redeem himself.
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9:47AM on 10/08/2013
I never thought about it before, but Paul Bettany would be amazing. Too bad this won't be on Showtime or HBO.
I never thought about it before, but Paul Bettany would be amazing. Too bad this won't be on Showtime or HBO.
9:55AM on 10/08/2013
To me, he fits the physique of John Constantine. With some costumes and make-up, I'm sure he'll look the part.
To me, he fits the physique of John Constantine. With some costumes and make-up, I'm sure he'll look the part.
9:21AM on 10/09/2013
Yeah... He's made some mediocre films. But it's never really his fault. He's got a lot of talent, and those movies had a lot of potential. Both of these films could've shot him into a full-fledged action star, but they ended up falling short. I think he'd be great, assuming he'd be game for it.
Yeah... He's made some mediocre films. But it's never really his fault. He's got a lot of talent, and those movies had a lot of potential. Both of these films could've shot him into a full-fledged action star, but they ended up falling short. I think he'd be great, assuming he'd be game for it.
9:36AM on 10/08/2013
For a brand new film and not a television show, my pick is Guy Pearce. He would absolutely be brilliant in the role.
For a brand new film and not a television show, my pick is Guy Pearce. He would absolutely be brilliant in the role.
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9:30AM on 10/08/2013
Not sure how great a medium TV is, plus you won't get a top name. But, if I had my choice, it would be either Paul Bettany or Jude Law. Been saying it for years (love the book, and when Reeves was cast I almost had an aneurysm). I wouldn't spit on Fassbender, but I'd rather one of the other two I mentioned.
Not sure how great a medium TV is, plus you won't get a top name. But, if I had my choice, it would be either Paul Bettany or Jude Law. Been saying it for years (love the book, and when Reeves was cast I almost had an aneurysm). I wouldn't spit on Fassbender, but I'd rather one of the other two I mentioned.
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