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Sunday, September 19, 2010
My son sent me an email the other day; subject: "It Has Begun."
For years, we've anticipated a Tintin movie, both having been fans of the comics since we were lads. He had a bit of a head start, since he was born into a house that already had a pretty good collection - there are 24 comics in all, I think, and we have them all, some in languages other than English. But now, such a thing is an impending reality; he had sent me a link to the page with the cast and other production details.
I won't bother going into the cast; my son and I have been discussing the prospect of a Tintin movie for some time, so naturally, we've explored the casting choices.
Alas, not all of the actors would be perfectly suitable - one in particular is now a bit too old for the role, but in his prime, there would have been none better. Since it's a fantasy cast anyway, might as well use those choices.
For better or worse, here's our cast:
Tintin - Jude Law, if fifteen-year-old Matt Damon is unavailable. Jude might be a little long in the tooth, but we can make him work.
Captain Haddock - this is the role that Albert Finney was born to play. He's the rather-too-elderly actor to whom I referred above - but in the ideal world, it's Albert.
Cuthbert Calculus - Steve Buscemi.
Thomson and Thompson - who else but Kevin Kline, in both roles?
Snowy - voiced by Kevin Spacey.
Nestor - Stephen Frye; I'm told he played Jeeves already - hats off for another good casting choice.
Biana Castafiore - How about Rene Zelweger?
Rastapopolous - my god, who else but Sir Ben Kingsley? Don't really need much of a prosthetic proboscis, even.
Captain Allan - Alec Baldwin
General Alcazar - Benecio Del Toro
Alcazar- Nicole Kidman; you need one of those "hidden dish" actresses for such a role.
Mick Kanrokitoff - Steve Carrell
Abdullah - John Turturro - going to have to use some of those forced-perspective tricks, like Mr. Jackson did in the LOTR films, but he'd be perfect.
We'll keep dreaming.