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15Oct/09Off

Final Casting Call: Pick the Winners

 

Clap BoardIt’s been about a week since I asked you to help cast an imaginary Bug Man movie starring Nick Polchak, Nathan Donovan, and Macy Donovan. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve had a lot of laughs over some of your casting suggestions. What surprised me most was the diversity of your responses. I expected to see just a handful of names repeated again and again, but what I found was just the opposite. Everyone seemed to have a different suggestion, which tells me something I find fascinating…

Everyone imagines my characters differently.

Take Nick Polchak, for example. How old do you imagine Nick to be? I’ll admit, I’ve never specified Nick’s age, but three of you actually suggested David McCallum to play the part—“Ducky” Mallard from NCIS. Seriously? McCallum is 76. Does anyone else remember him as Illya Kuryakin on The Man from U.N.C.L.E.? That was 1963!

Someone else suggested Jack Black to play Nathan Donovan—FBI special agent Nathan Donovan, the guy who used to prowl the streets of the Bronx at night looking for fistfights in my bioterrorism novel PlagueMaker. Jack Black—didn’t he do the voice of Kung Fu Panda?

I’d love to keep collecting your suggestions for casting my imaginary movie, but I’m on an imaginary production schedule and I need to keep things moving. On the form above I’ve listed the three most commonly offered suggestions for each role. Please vote for your favorite—or at least the one you hate the least.

And if you want a good laugh, you’ll find the complete list of suggestions here.

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