Casting suggestions for Puddleglum
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There are plenty of tall, thin people about, but to get that gloomy long-faced look will require someone special. I wouldn't like to see his face altered by CGI as his role is major and he has so many lines that will mean close-up shots.
This suggests an older actor whose face is somewhat saggier around the mouth. He needs to look tall and thin but can be doubled for size comparison shots or longer ones. The agency I am with has a good number of extra-tall people on its books.
Adam McKay for Puddleglum! He's only 27 years old, but he's extraordinary. He's got a long, sallow face with a cautious charisma. By the time SC is ready to be filmed, he'll be in his 30's. So. PLEASE PICK ADAM McKAY.
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Posted by JFG II
George McKay (b. 1992) who was in 1917. I meant George. Why the heck did I say Adam? Oh yeah - Adam is a screenwriter/director. Puddleglum deserves better.
Ugh, anyway I stand by McKay as a creative, younger take on Puddleglum; In 1917 he was (26-27) like a young Tolkien in WWI, and a solumn, steadfast soldier. Endearing. I'm trusting he'll be around 35 by the time Silver Chair is ready to be made.
But after hearing Doug Gresham talk about his gardner/housekeeper in that interview video, an older actor may be best for Puddleglum. Especially an actor who is VERY English of a certain kind. "That's all very well govner, but, if the world were to come to an end, where would we be with five pounds of sugar?" 😉
Posted by coracle
I was a bit confused for a while, wondering if you meant 2017! I didn't know there was a movie called '1917'. (quote marks are usef lol)
Posted by JFG II
I'm surprised. You didn't know there was a movie called 1917? 😮 😮
It was kind of a big deal a few months ago. Made some money, won some awards.
Ugh, but I suppose few on NarniaWeb have seen that movie yet. :-\ :-\
It's only been out since Christmas. And no one is going out to buy movies.
So I guess you didn't know the actor or characters I was referring to. 😐 😐
At least my post wasn't boring. :ymhug: :ymhug:
Posted by coracle
Correct. I have had other things to deal with this year.
Do you have a link to a photo of George McKay looking just the way he could as Puddleglum?[/quote]
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Coracle, I don’t think there’s a photo in existence of this young actor that’ll convince you. Especially if you want an older, more respected actor in the role of Puddleglum when Narnia: Silver Chair arrives. It’s something I saw in his face in one of his movies - a solemn, sallow quality - that interested me. And he’s a great young actor to boot. Not just a boy’s-boy hunk. A touch eccentric too, which is terrific for this Puddleglum.
Please hear me out: Right now, 28-year-old George McKay looks like just another young hunk, and would LOOK suitable for the roles of Adult King Peter or King Tirian/PrinceRilian. However, when Narnia: Silver Chair it ready to be filmed (in like, 6-9 years, if adaptations are done in chronological order) he’ll likely be in his mid-to-late thirties. I’d reckon that by then, he’d have established himself as a respected actor, who no longer has a baby-face, and who’s long-faced look will be apparent to all.
So: Narnia Silver Chair (2027) 35-year-old George McKay for Puddleglum.
He certainly sounds promising!
I looked at his photos - it is a lovely long face!
Some young men have thin sallow faces in their later teens and 20s, then fill out a bit. Hope he won't be like that. Of course, the thin faces of the earlier 20th century were usually due to poor nutrition, poverty, shortages, related poorer health etc.