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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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  1. I also remember David McCallum as Illya. Although I’m also late to the dance, my choice for Nick would be Damian Lewis, of the television series Life. When I read the novels he’s the one I “see” as Nick. Mark Harmon is better than ever as an actor, but I think of Nate as 30ish. Perhaps Scarlett Johanson as Macy.

    Since I’m one of those who can read in the car my husband and I take books with us and I read to him as we travel to do errands. Nick is without a doubt our favourite character. We were on the list in our church library to have the chance to read Ends of the Earth. We recommend The Bugman novels to many people as marvelous reads.

    Does there have to be a wedding at the start of the next book? Again, too late to vote, but I don’t know that either woman, at this time, is “right”. Pushed to choose I’d say Kathryn because they are so different. Who would you have chosen as the author?

  2. My suggestion is a very quirky, funny guy, obscure as he might be….Jason Segel from I Love You, Man….now he could play a convincing Nick Polchak…oh yeah…

  3. People suggested men for the part of Macy. WHAT were they thinking??!!

  4. I remember Illya. What does that tell you?

    I missed this–a little late to the party here. However, I voted for Johnny Depp because it would take someone of his talent to effectively pull off the Bug Man. He wouldn’t be “afraid” to alter his appearance and wear the coke bottle glasses. He could catch the nuances.

    I picked Mark Harmon because he could deliver the sometimes stoic, sometimes witty humorous responses that Nathan Donovan employs. However, Nathan seems a little younger, a bit stouter to me.

    I picked Marg Helgenberger because of my Mark Harmon pick–the age thing. And I think Jennifer Garner is too young and “perky” to do an effective Macy. Maybe a Jennifer Connelly.

    Anyway, fun. Wish I’d checked back earlier.

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