Casting Call–Minor Characters


Way back in May, I wrote here that I thought Gina Torres would make a great Sage in a film version of Clotho’s Loom.  So, taking a break from the promo stuff of late, and my usual literary ramblings, I thought it would be fun to offer some of my suggestions for actors in a series of occasional posts.  Feel free to comment or offer your own alternatives, readers!

For world-weary FBI agent Jim Poland, the mischievous side of me keeps returning to David Duchovny, about twenty years older than his X-Files stint.  Poland–overworked, underappreciated, and for those of us in or approaching middle age, something of an everyman–gets the thankless task of tracking protagonist William Wyrd, following his notification that he’s being drafted.  A cynic by experience, he mocks (and possibly envies) the “good” in Will, but actively tries to keep him from trouble, for awhile.  However, his patience with the reluctant soldier, and seemingly with everything else, reaches its limit.


Another of Will’s ambivalent helper/hunter figures is Benitez.  Javier Bardem, famous for his villainy in the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, and shortly appearing in the new James Bond movie Skyfall, would fill the bill nicely, with two conditions: I’d like to see him a bit saltier (crags in the face a la Edward James Olmos, and put him in a dusty set of army fatigues) and second: it’s hard to catch the actor not smiling!  When Sergeant Benitez smiles, it’s purely out of sadistic glee–at least, that’s what we think at first.  But I also tried to build a sort of tragic nobility into the character: a man who’s been betrayed at every turn of life, and so resists trusting anything.  A self-styled pragmatist, and vicious instructor in black ops.

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