perfect casting

I don’t know why, but it occurs to me that sometimes, casting is everything, and the right face in the right place at the right time can mean everything.

See Chris Tucker as Ruby Rhod or Milla Jovovich as Leeloo in The Fifth Element, Johnny Depp as either Captain Jack Sparrow or Hunter S. Thompson or Lori Petty as Tank Girl. Bruce Campbell as Elvis in Bubba Ho-Tep – which if you haven’t seen, is fucking brilliant. B-movie transcendence. Ozzie Davis is wonderful as well. The casting director for Gotham deserved an award.

The movie doesn’t even have to be great; sometimes, a perfect performance by a perfectly casted performer is enough to hold our attention rapt.

I often picture the stories I write translated into film or television, and wonder who might be absolute perfection. Sometimes, I wonder if I was meant to write films, not books. TV, not comics. Maybe both.

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