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Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 4:13 pm
by nashie-chan
Usefulbeauty wrote:This is sort of an unreasonable and silly little wish, but I want to see Russell Brand as Grantaire. He isn't ugly enough for the role, but he's definitely got the outrageous speeches and invading-your-personal-space thing down. XD


I can't unsee this now oh god

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:44 pm
by Usefulbeauty
nashie-chan wrote:
Usefulbeauty wrote:This is sort of an unreasonable and silly little wish, but I want to see Russell Brand as Grantaire. He isn't ugly enough for the role, but he's definitely got the outrageous speeches and invading-your-personal-space thing down. XD


I can't unsee this now oh god


"Hey, hello there Enjolras darling! I'm just here drinkin' me wine, you know, thinkin' to my self about things...you've got lovely hair, right, like, my hair is quite shiny and nice as well but yours is like a big sun on your head, just up there shining and all. I don't know, mate, you look awfully annoyed, how about a drink?"

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:00 am
by Citizeness Feuilly
Let's start with the basics. My version of Les Misérables will be a 12-hour+ BBC production, very high production values, all UK actors (I always picture the characters with English accents, a la the musical), and will cover just about every bit of the plot, excluding Waterloo, the sewers, and possibly the big background story of the Bishop. Other than that, it will be fully intact.

My cast will be:
Jean Valjean: Russell Crowe. I know Russell Crowe isn't British, but he can pull the accent off perfectly. And can't you just see him bending down to pick up Cosette's bucket in the wood?

http://www.redcarpetcrash.com/wp-conten ... ussell.jpg

Javert: Richard Armitage. I know, I know, RA is way too good looking for Javert. But he has the intensity and dark broodiness to pull it off, I think.

http://robinhood.edogo.com/wp-content/u ... itage4.jpg

Fantine: Romola Garai. She's delicately pretty and innocent-looking, has sad, troubled eyes, and is a good actress.

http://www.indielondon.co.uk/img/capture_castle1.gif

Marius: Ioan Gruffudd. See the picture below, and you'll understand what I mean. That sort of standoffish air, mixed with stunning good looks...

http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_u ... 00_826.jpg

Cosette: As a grown up, Gemma Arterton. She's classically beautiful and has a heartbreakingly innocent air. She made a lovely Tess (of the D'Urbervilles), and I think she could pull Cosette off.

http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http ... =113&ty=31

Enjolras: Here's where the fun begins. :D After much deliberation, I chose Andrew Buchan as my Enjolras. He looks like an avenging angel, and is a brilliant actor. He never goes for the easy way out in playing his characters - he's not afraid to make them unlikeable, and he plays the restrained but passionate young man so well.

http://pics.livejournal.com/joyful_molly/pic/001cf4q4

Éponine: Now, she I had some real trouble with. I think Emma Watson, of Harry Potter fame, might just be able to do it. But, then again, Éponine's such a physically and emotionally and mentally damaged girl, I don't know if Emma could be made ugly and desperate-looking enough to play her. Still, she's my only idea for the role.

http://lovelyemmawatson.com/UserFiles/2 ... %20Far.jpg

The Bishop: Derek Jacobi. Because Derek Jacobi's one of my favourite actors, and he would make a perfect Bishop.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_nNA6c8fIvIM/S ... 96872a.jpg

Combeferre: Alright, he isn't strictly a major character, but I thought Paul Bettany would make a perfect Combeferre. If only he was a good 10 or 15 years younger....

http://www.sconefest.com/john/blog/favo ... ettany.jpg

Mabeuf: Stephen Fry. Because he is Stephen Fry. I have a suspicious feeling Mabeuf wouldn't be too much of a stretch for him to play.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/4 ... tv_203.jpg

The Thenardiers: For old times sake, Monsieur Thenardier will be played by Alun Armstrong. Madame will be played by Claudie Blakeley.

http://www.candlefordchronicle.com/uplo ... 69.jpg?570
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/cop ... lg_dan.jpg

Gavroche: Angus Imrie. He's perfect in every way as Gavroche.
http://st.kinopoisk.ru/images/sm_actor/1532136.jpg

Hmm...any one else I'm missing? Tell me what you think of my cast....

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:10 am
by Citizeness Feuilly
Oh, also:

I agree with Russell Brand as Grantaire. He'd be great in that "I'm going to invade your personal space and make you feel uncomfortable" way.

I'd definitely include some slashy hints for Les Amis. Enjolras/Grantaire hints, at least on Grantaire's part. Combeferre/Enjolras - some real bromance going on there. And, no offence to any other Jean Prouvaire fangirls out there, but I'd declare Jehan Prouvaire as gay once and for all.

Éponine/Montparnasse would be included pretty heavily. Oh, and Montparnasse is played by Jamie Bell.

http://snarkerati.com/movie-news/files/ ... e-bell.jpg

The film would be shot totally in Paris and the surrounding countryside. The McDonalds that took over the location of Cafe Musain would be ripped down, and Cafe Musain re-erected in all its glory. The insurrection, start to finish, would take up at least 2 hours of the movie, and an actual barricade would be built. I don't care how dangerous a teetering furniture wall is, if Les Amis could do it, so can our actors. :D

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:45 am
by MmeJavert
I may not agree in large part with your choices but I like how detailed and thought out your dream production is. ;)

I admit, even despite being a huge Russell Crowe fan, never seeing his suitability for Valjean. I kinda still don't, but I guess I could be convinced depending on the script, direction, costuming, and makeup.

I like Paul Bettany but he just doesn't fit my mental mould of Combeferre.

I've heard good things about Andrew Buchan but the picture you chose doesn't look very Enjolraic. Although, if I imagine him with a suitable blond 'do instead... hmmmmm.

The movies up to now have made much more horrible choices. ;) Seriously, though, I think your cast could work. I really do think that one day a total obsessed LM fan should have a large executive role in a new movie adaptation; it would make it so much more fun and interestiing (not to mention accurate).

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:19 am
by Citizeness Feuilly
One more casting note: An alternate for Gavroche would be Harry Stott. He played Oliver on the West End, and would be a good and cheeky Gavroche.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/04/ ... 33x334.jpg

And it may also help that there's already an image of him in grubby street-child attire...

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:31 am
by Citizeness Feuilly
Andrew Buchan is pretty fantastic...unfortunately, he just hasn't played a blonde to date! I'm still of the opinion that he would rock a blonde queue. :D I chose that picture because a) it was in his role most close to Enjolras to date, as St. John in Jane Eyre, and b) because he looked so lovely in that picture, I had no choice.

Still, the below picture might fit the character a bit better:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/progin ... arrows.jpg

I love seeing how fans' views of the characters differ...you know, I pictured Combeferre as Paul Bettany ever since I read the Brick. That may have had something to do with the fact that I was going through a big "Master and Commander" phase, but I've never been able to shake that mental image.

And, of course, as part of my production, the lead executives will be 20 fans hand picked by me from the Abaisse forum and the LM fandom at large. The movie will be so long and faithful to the book's spirit that the Hugo family will leave us the legal rights, and then we'll save the fandom once and for all! All part of my evil plot to have Les Misérables take over the world....

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:40 am
by MmeBahorel
It's too bad Sam West is too old, isn't it? I suppose we could see how Max Pirkis is shaping up a few years post-Rome. Simon Woods can do pale intensity, we know, thanks to Rome, but I like him so much better when he's playing nicer characters. James McAvoy as Marius would be adorable though.

I find I know the generation of the late 90s/early 2000s better than the people who would now have to be cast in the younger roles.

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:49 am
by Citizeness Feuilly
You know, I seriously considered casting James McAvoy as Marius. But Ioan Gruffudd won out in the end :D. I didn't even think of Max Pirkis, I have to admit - if his looks at age 12 are anything to go by, he'd be a great Enjolras. Not so sure if he can has the intensity and charisma for the role, but physically, he'd be perfect. I may not be the best judge on the intensity/charisma - I never really got into Rome - but that's my impressions of him.

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:16 am
by [type your name]
Marius: Ioan Gruffudd. See the picture below, and you'll understand what I mean. That sort of standoffish air, mixed with stunning good looks...


Your Marius is very close to my mental picture of Courfeyrac :)

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:16 am
by Citizeness Feuilly
hahaha...in looks at least, Ioan Gruffudd would make a stellar Courfeyrac. Still, his characters generally have a slightly more standoffish air, which suited him more for Marius. Although, I have to admit, if push comes to shove, I'll gladly have him play Courfeyrac!

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:27 pm
by Milky-chan
If I only had a time machine!

One can dream...

Valjean: Steve McQueen (after Papillon... he would've been awesome)
Javert: Robert Ryan (mainly known for villains and tormented anti-heroes - he had that certain sarcasm and bitterness around him and a quiet but very psychological acting style)
Fantine: Grace Kelly
Cosette: Audrey Hepburn
Montparnasse: Montgomery Clift
Babet: Peter Lorre
Claquesous: James Cagney
Gueulemer: André the Giant

Can't cast everyone. Serious lack of young male actors in the classic era. Help?

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:38 pm
by Rose In Misery
Milky-chan wrote:Gueulemer: André the Giant


Genius! Now where did I put my time machine...

I must say, I rather like the idea of Romola Garai as Fantine. I can't see Stephen Fry as Mabeuf but the idea amuses me a lot. In fairness, I can't see him as anyone but himself. Or possibly Oscar Wilde.

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:08 am
by hazellwood
Young Audrey Hepburn would be an adorably beautiful Cosette, and Grace Kelly would be a lovely Fantine--I'm actually kind of upset there was no movie made in that era that used all the 'stars'. >>;

Many of the stars of that era would be good in a Les Miz film, now that I come to think of it.

Re: Wishful Thinking: Making Your Own Movie?

Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:24 pm
by 9430
Not sure about Romola Garai as Fantine. I saw the adaptation of Emma and she really didn't get authentic mannerisms at all, which really bugged me. If she was Fantine she would have to make sure that she actually acted how people of that era should act.

Audrey Hepburn would have been an amazing Cosette, and Andre the Giant as Guelemer would have been awesome. My vote for Mabeuf would be Ian Holm or Ian McDiarmid, just because they are both amazing actors.