In her blog Damsel in a Dirty Dress, (unfortunately no longer active) Nicole MacDonald’s posted pics of George Clooney and Pierce Brosnan as potential actors to play one of her main characters. Go ahead and have a squiz (Aussie slang for ‘look’) .. I’ll wait.
What a fabulous idea, I thought at the time. Who would I ideally like to play a character? … but then I thought about it some more. Not necessarily a fabulous idea.
Do you remember reading Harry Potter before the movies came out? Do you remember what Hermione, and Ron, and Harry looked like in your minds eye? I had an image of them that would’ve been different to yours and different to everyone else’s. (Of course there were the common elements that JK gave us when she described them, but beyond that we used our imaginations to flesh out the characters)
Then the movies started happening and although I couldn’t see anyone else other than Emma, Rupert, and Daniel, playing these three iconic characters, anyone who read the books after the movies came out would never be able to visualize anyone other THAN these three actors as Hermione, Ron, and Harry. And that, to me seems to be the down side of picking actors here on my blog to give impressions of what my characters might look like.
“Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had this power” – Ame Tan