Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Inverse Casting: Closer

….wherein film casts are re-imagined with one of the variables inversed, be it age, sex, race, nationality…

The somewhat treacly but ultimately pleasant The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was a strong indication that older performers are just as capable of carrying a thin romance on their charm alone. In that vein, I do wonder what a typically younger adult drama might reveal if executed with an older cast of actors.

Larry – Alan Rickman
….brutal, primitive, imposing…
Rickman would effectively tap into the sometimes brutish harshness of Larry. Larry is a man from the “city”. Someone from the metropolis and even with a job as dignified as a dermatologist he is rough and unpredictable and virile but still smart. Rickman today evokes a more sedate kind of Englishman but even in his quieter performances he’s been able to suggest a dark core. Also, bonus points for hearing him say: “Now fuck off and die, you fucked up slag.”

Alice – Juliette Lewis
…disarming, mysterious, unfocused…
Juliette Lewis has a way of being charm even as her characters seem dishevelled and distracted. It’s the sort of beguiling, but worrying, cadence which would do her well as Alice. I wasn’t sure how young I’d skew with Alice if the other performers are in their early sixties. But, at 39, Lewis is believable has that appearance of being unable to identify her with a specific age bracket – which would only add to the ambiguity essential for Alice.

...go below the jump for a reunion from 2001 for my Dan and Anna....

Dan – Tom Wilkinson
…reserved, scheming, sensitive…
This is my favourite idea of the four. Much of Wilkinson’s personality is indicative of a quiet, insightful man but one with the power to be dangerous (think, In the Bedroom). Dan, both from the play and Jude’s performance in the film, has always been my favourite character of the quartet and his somewhat anomalous parts – a love for the truth but a simultaneous disregard for boundaries, necessitates a performer like Wilkinson who can usually do well with subtlety.

Anna – Sissy Spacek
…sensible, irresolute, practical…
Incidentally, the In the Bedroom reunion was unplanned. Spacek, though, is the only actor of her era who could as deftly manage to establish a character like Anna without turning it into something ornate, or feeling the need to over-sentimentalise her situation or over-play it. Spacek is also too much of a treasure to be relegated to incidental parts in ensemble dramas. She’s still, more than worthy, of attacking lead roles with gusto.

(Previously Inversed: The Lion in Winter; Glengarry Glen Ross; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf)

Would you be as intrigued as I to see a rendition of Closer with an older cast? Which seasoned performers would you cast?

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MovieNut14 said...

I like the idea of Rickman as Larry. I can just imagine him saying this line: "FUCK OFF! You WRITER!"

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

anna right? i mean sure he's a bit old now, but rickman can play more than stiff upper lip britons. someone needs to give him an ace chance to play something brutish.