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 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

... and remembering that film is a media that specializes in a) visuals, and b) typecasting based on who you've been in the past....

What kind of character would you be playing?

For instance, me being "of medium height" and generally acting more like the type of man that women are going to ask for advice about JUST the right handbag, I'd probably be cast as

-The male secretary of somebody powerful, and who only gets more than a scene or two if he stumbles upon some damning piece of evidence (and either helps save the day, or gets greedy).

or

-The librarian or clerk of records who helps the leading man or leading lady find something in the card catalog or in the stacks. They'd probably show me eating a sandwich on the job at some point.

****

And yes, yes, we know already you WANT to be the leading man, but if you ALREADY LOOKED or ACTED like one of those guys, would you be posting here? big grin

So, be honest, look yourself in the mirror (physically and psychologically) and tell us who you would be cast as.

(And remember that this is 1946, so you're not going to be a programmer, a life-coach, or teaching skateboarding.)

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'd be the Philip Marlowe of the novels; they never did get anyone who came even close to capturing the guy of Chandler's novels. Kind of like how James Bond remains elusive to every actor who's ever played him.

I reference that "weasel" from the hall of records every chance I get, though! Why wasn't he a star? LOL

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

I'd be the Philip Marlowe of the novels; they never did get anyone who came even close to capturing the guy of Chandler's novels. Kind of like how James Bond remains elusive to every actor who's ever played him.



And please tell us why they would cast you as him....

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   LoriMagno   (Member)

The plucky office manager with a deep, mad crush on the (unmarried and dashing) son of the owner of the newspaper (Clooney, natch.) When sonny uncovers what looks like a scandalous political cover up on his father's part, plucky office manager helps solve the mystery and saves the the newspaper and the family's good name.

I have fabulous shoes and hats in this part.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

And please tell us why they would cast you as him....

I share Marlowe's view of the world and can wear the fedora! wink

P.S. 1947 and 1950 were better years for these kinds of movies, IMO.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I'd be the newspaper editor. My persona is a bit more brainy than a detective (Barton MacLane) and not quite as puffy as an art dealer (Harold Vermilyea). I'm sort of cross between Albert Dekker and Charles C. Wilson.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

PS - I can't wait to see Preston in this picture!!!!

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   Viscount Bark   (Member)

I'd probably be cast as a nut shrieking in a straitjacket being dragged past the private dick when he visits a sanatorium.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

Mark and Ray are getting the concept here!

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

I'd probably be cast as a nut shrieking in a straitjacket being dragged past the private dick when he visits a sanatorium.

Love it!

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 1:51 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

PS - I can't wait to see Preston in this picture!!!!

Having met him and having seen that cane he wields, I'm venturing it will be a colorful role.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

I'd be Pete Moss, Crimebuster !

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 6:44 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

I'd be one of the extras in the custard pie fight. Um . . . please tell me there was a custard pie fight in a 1946 film noir?



Only a few decades out.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 6:47 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I'd be an anonymous hired goon. The kind that wings the hero in the big shootout and then gets revolver full of lead to the chest.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 7:14 PM   
 By:   Holly   (Member)

As a Femme fatale, but not well-endowed.

I do have tattoos though...and a .45 big grin

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2011 - 8:33 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

I'm the leading goon's attorney. You're not really sure whether or not I'm on the up and up.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2011 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   Castile   (Member)

I'm the supporting-cast floozy with everything needed to treat gunshot wounds handy in her medicine cabinet. When first seen, I'm sporting a wicked pageboy hairdo which, by the time I take it on the lam on the midnight train with my one suitcase stuffed with everything I own, has collapsed into something less stylish but equally compelling. I'm up on the latest lingo. I travel in bad company, but can take care of myself. I get up around noontime. Contrary to popular belief, I do not chew gum. I have deadly aim with a 15-pound telephone. Lit cigarettes appear in my hand out of nowhere. When last seen, I'm going "as far as fifty bucks and a mink coat will take me..."

...either that, or I'm one of those courtroom newspaper reporters who runs for the phones when the verdict comes in...

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2011 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   LoriMagno   (Member)

I'm the supporting-cast floozy with everything needed to treat gunshot wounds handy in her medicine cabinet. When first seen, I'm sporting a wicked pageboy hairdo which, by the time I take it on the lam on the midnight train with my one suitcase stuffed with everything I own, has collapsed into something less stylish but equally compelling. I'm up on the latest lingo. I travel in bad company, but can take care of myself. I get up around noontime. Contrary to popular belief, I do not chew gum. I have deadly aim with a 15-pound telephone. Lit cigarettes appear in my hand out of nowhere. When last seen, I'm going "as far as fifty bucks and a mink coat will take me..."

FOR. THE. WIN.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2011 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

I'm the leading goon's attorney. You're not really sure whether or not I'm on the up and up.

Yes, I think this works.

The guy with the double-breasted suit and the too-big, too-quick smile and your straight hair slicked back out of the way (I phrased it that way because if he ever gets in trouble and is on the lam from either the law or the wrath of his crime boss, his hair would become wildly mussed-up).

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2011 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I'd be the Philip Marlowe of the novels; they never did get anyone who came even close to capturing the guy of Chandler's novels. Kind of like how James Bond remains elusive to every actor who's ever played him.


I thought Dick Powell nailed it in Farewell My Lovely (Murder My Sweet in the US for some reason). I can see myself as Chandler, but I'd probably be just a heavy.

 
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