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« Reply #40 on: May 03, 2010, 01:59:42 PM »

Quote from: Jaddison on May 03, 2010, 01:45:15 PM

Thinking about Roland and his blue eyes Hugh Laurie might make an outstanding Roland and he seems to have a done a lot of roles that indicate he could do Roland very well.

Whoa.  Talk about out of left field, IMO.  Yet, somehow, it almost makes sense.
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« Reply #41 on: May 03, 2010, 02:06:02 PM »

Quote from: Jaddison on May 03, 2010, 01:45:15 PM

Thinking about Roland and his blue eyes Hugh Laurie might make an outstanding Roland and he seems to have a done a lot of roles that indicate he could do Roland very well.

i have had this conversation with Myto many a time,you guys see Hugh Laurie as House and House alone,i grew up watching Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry(a Bit of Fry and Laurie) always acting as idiots...and Hugh Laurie especially the idiot in the different Blackadder series

House is a million miles from the Hugh Laurie i am used to ,although i suppose that's a good case for him to be your choice as he is a good all rounder,but it sounds odd for me Tongue

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« Reply #42 on: May 03, 2010, 02:17:10 PM »

He did a decent job in Street Kings.  Really it is the blue eyes plus his House and Street Kings persona that would fit Roland so well
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« Reply #43 on: May 03, 2010, 02:21:53 PM »

I could see John Hamm pulling Roland off. 
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« Reply #44 on: May 03, 2010, 02:49:06 PM »

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I could see John Hamm pulling Roland off. 

Seems like a better fit to me.
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« Reply #45 on: May 03, 2010, 02:57:15 PM »

they should make Roland all CGI and have Clint Eastwood do the voice work. icon_mrgreen
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« Reply #46 on: May 03, 2010, 03:26:50 PM »

Jason Patric would be another guy who would definitely do the role justice
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« Reply #47 on: May 03, 2010, 04:37:37 PM »

YK, that's a lot how I pictured Oy as well, though with more of the raccoon-eye thing going on... or maybe lemur-eye.  It could to be fun to see what they do with the character, then reread the books and see if I that image replaces the former one I had.

I can definitely see Peter Laurie playing Roland, I think his "serious mode" appearance would be a good fit.  I've seen him in a few of his goofier performances since "House" hit the scene - "Fry and Laurie" and "Stuart Little" are two.  As long as he doesn't smile or dress funny like in those roles, he'd be a great Roland, imo.  I've never seen "Street Kings" - I might check that out someday, if I can subdue my Keanu-Reeves allergy... /shudders.


   


Here is who Roland reminded me of when I was reading the series (and he would be perfect, though he's dead so that could be a strike against him  icon_neutral ):

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« Reply #48 on: May 03, 2010, 04:53:20 PM »

Street Kings and Pride and Glory are two pretty good corrupt cop movies that got no love.  Keanu is pretty good in SK and the entire cast of Pride and Glory is great.

I think Jason Patric (think Narc as a role that shows how he could play Roland) or Josh Brolin could do it as well.  Paul Newman or Clint would have been excellent in the role.  For that matter why not Kurt Russell
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« Reply #49 on: May 03, 2010, 05:04:06 PM »

Oooh, Josh Brolin is an excellent call.
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« Reply #50 on: May 03, 2010, 05:10:05 PM »

Damn it with Clint's old age.  He IS Roland









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« Reply #51 on: May 03, 2010, 05:29:13 PM »

Quote from: rickfc on May 03, 2010, 05:10:05 PM

Damn it with Clint's old age.  He IS Roland

I think Gran Torino shows he wouldn't make a good Roland now.

Dwight Schrute/Rainn Wilson could play Cuthbert

Mickey Rourke has gotta have some kind of role in this...lol
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« Reply #52 on: May 03, 2010, 06:02:08 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 03, 2010, 05:04:06 PM

Oooh, Josh Brolin is an excellent call.

plus he's currently doing another western type movie with Jonah Hex.
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« Reply #53 on: May 03, 2010, 09:58:35 PM »

i wonder if they will film this trilogy like the Lord of the Rings and do them altogether,because the last thing we need is a first film only for it to be crap,and no way of redeeming itself in its sequel(His Dark Materials-The Golden Compass i am thinking off.)

and agreed with the Damn on Clints age etc..those last shots were from Unforgiven,he looks quite old there,and that was in 1992,nearly 20 years ago!!.............he is 80 years old at the end of this month!!!
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« Reply #54 on: May 04, 2010, 05:59:31 AM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 03, 2010, 09:58:35 PM

i wonder if they will film this trilogy like the Lord of the Rings and do them altogether,because the last thing we need is a first film only for it to be crap,and no way of redeeming itself in its sequel(His Dark Materials-The Golden Compass i am thinking off.)

with Lord of the Rings there were still doing work on the second and third movie after the first one came out, so you have to wonder what might have happened to those had the first one bombed.
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« Reply #55 on: May 04, 2010, 06:14:23 AM »

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Quote from: rickfc on May 03, 2010, 05:10:05 PM

Damn it with Clint's old age.  He IS Roland

I think Gran Torino shows he wouldn't make a good Roland now.

Dwight Schrute/Rainn Wilson could play Cuthbert

Mickey Rourke has gotta have some kind of role in this...lol

Always thought Mickey Rourke would be a perfect Tick-Tock Man.
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« Reply #56 on: May 04, 2010, 08:38:35 AM »

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Quote from: metallicorphan on May 03, 2010, 09:58:35 PM

i wonder if they will film this trilogy like the Lord of the Rings and do them altogether,because the last thing we need is a first film only for it to be crap,and no way of redeeming itself in its sequel(His Dark Materials-The Golden Compass i am thinking off.)

with Lord of the Rings there were still doing work on the second and third movie after the first one came out, so you have to wonder what might have happened to those had the first one bombed.

From what I've read, it sounds like they still would have been released but that Jackson would not have been given the amount of power he had to reshoot and change things.  Plus the subsequent movies would have been shorter as the success of the series allowed him to insist on adding to the length.  I believe he talks about it a bit in the commentary in the extended editions.

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« Reply #57 on: May 04, 2010, 12:42:22 PM »

I just can't see Josh Brolin as Roland. Every time I look at the guy my mind thinks "Look, it's that kid from The Goonies!" I'd spend the whole film wondering when Sloth was going to show up.
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« Reply #58 on: May 04, 2010, 12:56:09 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on May 04, 2010, 12:42:22 PM

I just can't see Josh Brolin as Roland. Every time I look at the guy my mind thinks "Look, it's that kid from The Goonies!" I'd spend the whole film wondering when Sloth was going to show up.
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« Reply #59 on: May 04, 2010, 02:04:35 PM »

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I can see him in the role.
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« Reply #60 on: May 04, 2010, 02:21:10 PM »



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« Reply #61 on: May 04, 2010, 03:54:49 PM »

Quote from: Jaddison on May 03, 2010, 03:26:50 PM

Jason Patric would be another guy who would definitely do the role justice

After seeing The Losers, I have a hard time thinking Jason Patric would do any role justice.
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« Reply #62 on: May 04, 2010, 04:38:32 PM »

watch Narc and Rush.  They are why i think he would do just fine
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« Reply #63 on: June 07, 2010, 08:59:12 PM »

I just spent a little over a month reading all seven books from one end to another, for the first time (better late than never). There were great moments of science fiction and western/fantasy as well as memorable characters, but perhaps also a bit too many pop culture references and deus ex machina (King even jokes about this later once or twice). I thought the second and the third book (The Drawing of the Three and The Waste Lands) were the best in the series. The sixth book (Song of Susannah) was the weakest.

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For some reason I can't help but imagine actors in the roles of the books I read. I personally think that Daniel Day-Lewis would be excellent as Roland, and as Callahan perhaps Keith Carradine.

As Eddie Dean I imagined Joshua Jackson from Fringe, but I don't think he has brown eyes. He could wear contact lenses, but I admit that perhaps he's not perfect for the role. Still, once I imagined this actor in the role I couldn't replace the image anymore.
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« Reply #64 on: June 08, 2010, 06:26:48 AM »



...if you're going for the "Eastwood look".
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« Reply #65 on: June 08, 2010, 01:36:36 PM »

With Ron Howard we could get Tom Hanks as Roland, now that would be a hoot!
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« Reply #66 on: June 08, 2010, 02:17:56 PM »

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With Ron Howard we could get Tom Hanks as Roland, now that would be a hoot!

he could always use it to renew his relationship with Jim Carrey  icon_twisted
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« Reply #67 on: June 08, 2010, 02:52:41 PM »

Hugh Jackman is a damn fine choice. I'd be 100% behind that. Thankee sai!
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« Reply #68 on: June 08, 2010, 03:28:10 PM »

Jim Carrey could be the Tick Tock man or play the voice of Blaine
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« Reply #69 on: June 08, 2010, 05:31:20 PM »

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Hugh Jackman is a damn fine choice. I'd be 100% behind that. Thankee sai!

Agreed, though he'd have to drop a lot of muscle to look the part.
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« Reply #70 on: June 08, 2010, 06:18:23 PM »

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Hugh Jackman is a damn fine choice. I'd be 100% behind that. Thankee sai!


i dunno,because all he usually does is play Wolverine in every film,or at least that's all i get from him when i see him in something else
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« Reply #71 on: June 08, 2010, 06:23:10 PM »

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Quote from: YellowKing on June 08, 2010, 02:52:41 PM

Hugh Jackman is a damn fine choice. I'd be 100% behind that. Thankee sai!


i dunno,because all he usually does is play Wolverine in every film,or at least that's all i get from him when i see him in something else

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« Reply #72 on: June 08, 2010, 08:38:25 PM »

Roland basically is Wolverine. Without claws. And with a gun. And a cowboy hat. And a duster. And no mutant powers.
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« Reply #73 on: June 08, 2010, 09:07:45 PM »

I first saw Hugh Jackman in Kate and Leopold - a film that many of you guys may not have caught (yeah, the dreaded Romantic Comedy!)  I've also seen the X-Men flicks and Australia, and I'm certain that Jackman could successfully portray Roland.  He has a lot more range than some folks think.

Besides, he's handsome as all get-out, imo.

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« Reply #74 on: June 08, 2010, 11:04:56 PM »

There are a lot of worse choices than Hugh Jackman, but I still thinks he "looks too good" (like a model) to play Roland.
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« Reply #75 on: June 09, 2010, 12:21:04 AM »

Quote from: Chordian on June 08, 2010, 11:04:56 PM

There are a lot of worse choices than Hugh Jackman, but I still thinks he "looks too good" (like a model) to play Roland.

Roland was supposedly very handsome in his prime, according to King's description of him.  I think they can roughen his look up a bit, but he would also have to lose a lot of bulk, IMO.
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« Reply #76 on: June 09, 2010, 05:45:14 AM »

Quote from: YellowKing on June 08, 2010, 08:38:25 PM

Roland basically is Wolverine. Without claws. And with a gun. And a cowboy hat. And a duster. And no mutant powers.

hmm,i got the totally opposite impression of Roland,Roland was always very calm,talking about Ka all the time while everyone around him went apeshit


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I first saw Hugh Jackman in Kate and Leopold - a film that many of you guys may not have caught (yeah, the dreaded Romantic Comedy!)  I've also seen the X-Men flicks and Australia, and I'm certain that Jackman could successfully portray Roland.  He has a lot more range than some folks think.






hmm,then he hides it well,the only other actor i have seen with less range is George Clooney
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« Reply #77 on: June 09, 2010, 12:31:39 PM »

Depending on the scope of the movie(s) they are going to need 2 Rolands.  One weathered and tested and one young fresh faced newly minted gunslinger.

You know Jack Bauer could be Roland...."TELL ME WHERE THE TOWER IS NOW OR DIE!"
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« Reply #78 on: September 09, 2010, 02:56:24 AM »

This is interesting.  The book series is being made into movies and a TV series.  There will be three movies, with a season of the TV show between the movies to bridge the gaps.
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« Reply #79 on: September 09, 2010, 03:17:31 AM »

How is that going to work from a story standpoint, though?  Seems like the pacing will be all over the place, plus what happens if the first movie tanks or nobody cares to watch the series?  And how do you get significant actors to commit to all of that?  Plus, note that Howard is only supposed to direct the first movie and season, meaning the next movie could end up being directed by other people.

Seems like a crazy idea.  They'd be better off choosing one format over the other.

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