A few of mine, and a confession:
I tend to picture Enjolras as the Beast from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Once the Beast turned back into a prince, I mean, but yeah. also, Paul Newman, many many years ago, might not have been bad. I don't just mean because he was hot and had the bluest eyes ever, but because he was capable of a fantastic intensity even if he's better known for the cocky characters he played in films like Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting. It's probably a combination of Hud, The Long Hot Summer, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof that put him in mind. But I don't really see Paul. I see the Beast. *facepalm*
As for some others:
Original descriptions of Combeferre somehow seemed to match up to Ioan Gruffuudd (tall, dark hair with some curl to it, good looking) except that was wholly wholly wrong. Now, on Monday, possibly because I was totally into the whole Victor Hugo as Romantic writer thing, I was suddenly noticing that Cody Nickell had some definite potential. Cody isn't coming across as intense enough in any of the pictures I have, but his Tybalt was fantastic, and I do think he has potential.
This is Cody as Septimus in Arcadia:
Courfeyrac, I know I've already posted about Tim Howar. This is the headshot that made me go OMG:
And Feuilly. Yes, my Feuilly is really inappropriately pretty. It's part of the point. Parnasse went one way; he went the other. Aris Sas. It's not just the pretty, it's also the hair. (no, Feuilly does not sing For Sarah in a really adorable Eurotrashy accent. But that is how I developed a definite crush on Aris. Also, sort of appropriate that Aris was the original Vienna Gavroche, and then later played Enjolras.)
Headshot when Aris was about 16:
Headshot with the most amount of hair:
And I have no pictures of Nehal Joshi's bald spot, but yes, my Lesgle's balding pattern is definitely derived from Nehal, who at less than 30 has a slightly receding hairline and a full on bald spot. (and this is such a creepy thing to search for, too, looking at all images of Nehal in the hope that someone managed to catch him from behind and tag that photo so I can find it, so I'm giving up.)
Anyway, Nehal is a doll, but it's only the balding pattern that's carrying over, seeing as Nehal is attractive and Indian and Bossuet isn't exactly either of those things:
The other trouble I have is really conceiving a Grantaire. It's sort of how in my head, Rochester reverts to Anthony Crivello (and no, Jane is not Marla Schaffel, so it wasn't that the musical entirely screwed me up), but that's probably a better match because one can see those labels and interactions (basically, Rochester may not be conventionally attractive, but it's more in jest that Jane calls him "hideous" before certain events at the end, at any rate). But R has to be very much unattractive. and probably with a beer gut. (absinthe gut?) He's obviously an alcoholic who has a tendency to be a miserable drunk whenever he's feeling rejected by Enjolras. And the only mental picture I have is that he must have dark hair.
I don't even have a full mental image of Bahorel, and I've been writing him! He doesn't have a face, that's really the problem. I can't even decide if he has a beard or not.
What kind of literature and what kind of life is the same question. - Tom Stoppard