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Casting Call for Actors...Who'd Play my Characters?


A few friends over at soyoureawriter.blogspot.com told me about this little Blog Hop thing where we put out a call for actors for some of the characters in our books.

I thought of a few to play various characters but maybe you could help with some even better suggestions. So here's a few of the cast of characters from 65 Below & Faithful Warrior along with their resumes. Whaddaya think?

Marcus Johnson: (65 Below and Faithful Warrior)

Physical Data:
Height: 6'
Weight: 204 lbs
Ethnicity: Multiple - African American / Alaska Native
Year of Birth: 1968

Education:
Ben Eielson High School, Eielson AFB / Salt Jacket, Alaska
Graduated 1986

Job History:
USMC 1986 – 2007
Positions held in this occupation: Sniper, Reconnaisance Marine, Special
Operations Marine, Other Classified, Retired in 2007 with rank of E-8
Master Sergeant with numerous combat missions.
1st Force Recon 1987-1999.
Classified assignments 2000 -2007

Hunting Guide 2007 – Present
Specializing in rifle or photo hunts for high profile / diplomatic tourists, prefers photo hunts

Expertise(s):
Rifle Shooting up to 2000 meters. Pistol, assault weapon shooting in urban / hostage rescue environments. Helped develop modern Marine Martial Arts System for hand to hand combat, holds Black Belt in the system. Wilderness Survival expert. Fur Trapper. Hunting. Stalking. Tracking. Urban assault team leader.

Languages:
Natively fluent French and Albanian; advanced level Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Croatian, Hebrew; Intermediate level Italian, Portugese, German, Dutch, Farsi, Pashto; novice level Mongolian, Mandarin, Japanese

Personality Characteristics:
Quiet contemplative personality. Is very calm, and exhibits extensive self control in stressful situations. His full name is Marcus Orlando Johnson which is shortened by friends to “Mojo”. Was a track star in high school and currently regularly walks 25 miles in a single day in the Alaskan wilderness. Physically very strong. Dated Lonnie Wyatt from High School until the mid-90's. Proposed to her but she said he'd had to quite the Marines to marry her. He couldn't do that and eventually they broke up. He remained celibate after losing that relationship and over time wrote more than 400 poems for and about his love for her, which he shared with no one.



Korean Actress Lee Ji Ah

Lonnie Wyatt: (65 Below)
Physical Characteristics
Height: 5'4”
Weight: 128 lbs
Ethnicity: Asian-Korean
Year of Birth: 1969

Education:
University of Alaska Fairbanks:

Major – Mathematics / Education

Job History:
Lathrop High School, Fairbanks Alaska 1991 - 1997
Math Teacher

Alaska State Troopers, multiple locations in Alaska 1997 – Present
Trooper / Patrol 1997 – 2005
Trooper / Detective (ABI)- 2005-2008
Trooper Lieutenant 2008 – Present

Expertise(s):
Tae Kwon Do – 5th Degree Black Belt. Hap Ki Do 3rd Degree Black Belt. Certified Forensics Field Examiner. National Police Academy Graduate. FBI Investigative Officer's Academy.

Language(s):
Natively fluent Korean and English.

Personality Characteristics:
Lonnie has a very strong personality and often comes across as cold and hard. Because of her job she struggles with femininity but can use it as a tool for investigative/interrogative purposes on call. She is capable of putting on a frighteningly cold facial expression to coerce perps into divulging data. She is also adept at martial arts in case that doesn't work. Having dated Marcus Johnson for more than ten years, she rejected his proposal for marriage unless he was willing to leave the Marines. Just as they were about to reunite in 1998 Marcus went missing and was presumed dead on a mission in Africa. In her grief Lonnie got pregnant with another man's child only to discover two month's later that Marcus was alive and had escaped Africa on the hope of seeing her again. Their eventual reunion was somewhat rocky.



Aaron Eckhart

Mike Farris
(Faithful Warrior)
Height: 6'
Weight: 192 lbs
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Year of Birth: 1966

Education:
Biola University: Biblical Studies graduated 1988
Fuller Theological Seminary: Master of Divinity, 1999

Job History:
US Marine Corps Reserve: 1984 – 1988 – Recon Sniper (Enlisted Reservist)
US Marine Corps Active: 1988 – 1995 – Recon Officer (Spec Ops)
US Marine Corps Reserve: 1995 – 2006 – Recon Officer (Spec Ops Reservist)
Retired USMC with rank of Major in 2006

Trinity Presbyterian Church: Senior Pastor 1999 – 2009

FBI Chaplain & Counselor 2009 - Present

Expertise(s):
Church management and religious teaching. Ministry and Counseling to sufferers of PTSD. Sniper, rifle expert at up to 2000 meters. Pistol expert. Marine Martial Arts Black Belt. Urban assault team leader. Commanding troops up to battalion size in Urban, Rural, Jungle and Desert operations.

Language(s):
Native English, Advanced French, Intermediate Somali and Hebrew

Personality Characteristics:
Mike has a very tender heart for counseling but is also very capable as a warrior with a philosophy of compartmentalization of each aspect of his personality. After an event wherein he was tortured nearly to death by a warlord in Somali in 1993 Mike became interested in treating people with PTSD. He himself did not realize he had signs of the condition until several years after retirement when a violent tragedy struck his family at their church parsonage. Unknown to all but one of his church members, Mike continued to perform special operations missions, usually in a command role, throughout his USMC Reserve duty and is personally known to every President since Ronald Reagan.



Raj Kundra - but he'd need bigger hair & a beard

Kharzai Ghiassi
(Karl's Last Flight and Faithful Warrior)
Height: 5'8”
Weight: 165 lbs
Ethnicity: Persian American
Year of Birth: 1971

Education:
Indiana State University: Dual Degrees in History and Physics 1993

Job History:
Tastee Freeze: Cook, Cashier, Lady Hitter Onner 1986-1987
Indiana State University Library: Thing Looker Upper, Info Getter for Whatever 1987-1988
JooJooBees FashionWares: Clerk, Clothes Tryer-Onner, Official Flirter With Chickies 1988-1988

Farquharson Tax Service: Guy Dancing with Sign on Street Corner 1988-1993...really liked that job, lot's of chickies gave their numbers.

CIA: Position Classified 1993 – 2010
(all details of his CIA employment are classified and not to be opened until Dec 31, 2080)

Expertise(s):
Laughing, smiling, flirting, dancing, singing badly, telling dumb jokes. Capable of multi-input/output. Killing people...usually just bad guys, but you never know. Oh and can tie both shoes at the same time, one with each hand.

Language(s):
Lots. Yup....lots and lots and lots. Farsi, Arabic, English of course, French & Italian (cuz that makes the ladies swoon), Hebrew, Russian, Pashto, Eewok, Yoda, Arriana Huffington's language...whatever that is.

Personality Characteristics:
I have beautiful thick black hair that jiggles when I wiggle. I like moonlit walks on the beach, barefoot traipsing through the jungle, eating vanilla bean ice cream, slitting the throat of terrorists who thought I was their buddy, playing dead then scarring the whillies out of new guys.
(Chief Psychological Officer's note:
Kharzai is an interesting study in everything science says does not exist. In middle school he was diagnosed as ADHD but he refuted the diagnosis and refused treatment based on his self-diagnosis as a new condition he termed Bilateral Rapid Understanding Hyper-Attentive Hyper-Active, which he shortened to the acronym BRUHAHA. He has exhibited the capability to participate in multiple conversations while simultaneously writing and / or reading another. When tested he was able to repeat verbatim the content of up to four simultaneous sources of input. He exhibits nearly photographic memory and is capable of mimicry such that he is practically a master of disguise. Kharzai Ghiassi is either the most intelligent human being I have ever met, or is utterly insane. As long as he is on our side I guess we are safe.
End Chief Psychological Officer's note)



Gary Sinise

Paul Hogan
(Faithful Warrior)
Height: 5'7”
Weight: 226 lbs
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Year of Birth: 1966

Education:
University of Virginia: Criminology 2007
FBI Special Agent Academy 2008
FBI Executive Leadership Academy 2010

Job History:
US Marine Corps: 1988 – 2006 – Recon Marine (Spec Ops)
Medically Retired USMC with rank of Gunnery Sergeant in 2006

FBI Agent: Anti-Terrorism Specialist 2007 – 2009
FBI Special Agent in Charge: Ohio Valley Anti-Terrorist Task Force 2009-2011
FBI Undersecretary for Anti-Terrorism - 2011-Present

Expertise(s):
All Firearms. If it shoots bullets he can master it within moments of touching it. Explosives, standard and improvised. Investigative Procedure

Language(s):
English, Irish Gaelic, Spanish

Personality Characteristics:
Paul served through much of the first half of his military career with Mike Farris as both his commanding officer and his best friend. He was the Marine who rescued Mike from being tortured in Somalia in 1993, and later worked extensively with him on secret operations. Paul was often the comic relief for the unit and enjoyed telling stories, especially regarding his Irish heritage. In 2001 Paul was among the first Recon Marines to enter Afghanistan alongside Marcus Johnson and saw extensive combat, both special operations and traditional infantry operations in six successive tours between there and Iraq where he met Kharzai Ghiassi for the first time. In the summer of 2006 Paul was nearly killed by an explosion that forced him into medical retirement two years short of his full regular retirement date. He had been studying online for a degree in Criminology with hopes of becoming an FBI agent upon retirement. That career became a reality shortly after his graduation, but it too took a nearly fatal turn just two years later. Paul still jokes around and has fun in his job, just does it with a serious limp nowadays.


Update:  When I originally posted I forgot to add these links to all these other fine writers who are participating in this 
Blog Hop! CHECK'Em Out!


And now it's time for "Basil's Very Little Known 'Facts' "

A post on my favourite other blog, The Kill Zone, got me thinking about how Hollywood casts its movies.

And now it's time for "Basil's Very Little Known 'Facts' "

The Magnificent Seven: The script for the famous western was based on Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. In the initial readings the intention was not to make it a real “Western” per se, but more of a musical comedy along the lines of Oklahoma meets Abbot & Costello in the days of Blade Runner (yes, Blade Runner had not yet been written, but the ideas were there nonetheless).

The original casting included Bud Abbot in the part of the samurai leader Shimada, Lou Costello as the young untested warrior Okamoto, Larry Fine as Katayama the skilled archer, Lee Marvin as the tough Kyzo, Curly Howard as Hayadashi the comedic warrior, Jonathan Winters as the lieutenant Shiroji, and Milton Berle as the counterfeit samurai with the heart of a warrior Kikuchiyo.

It all fell apart early on when Abbot refused to get a samurai top knot haircut and kept insisting on putting his arms around the pretty girls. Costello got jealous and tried to prove his manhood by learning to use his katana sword for real. Several very expensive set pieces were destroyed before his midnight practice sessions were halted. Add to that Moe Howard's frustration at not being offered a part with his former stooges (Larry had actually specially requested that Moe be left out to give his hair and nose a break from the regular season abuse, something which Moe did not learn until much later in life and to which he responded by saying, “Why I oughta...”). Curly actually felt very much at home in Samurai garb and started to philosophize to no end about how he had probably been one in a former life, and had ruled a vast portion of ancient Japan, and how the word 'Nyuk' can actually be found in historical texts of the Japanese language.

Jonathan Winters at first started off playing his part very well. So well as a matter of fact that he was very nearly at the point of being typecast as the tough albeit slightly chubby hired gun in future westerns. Such aspirations were shot down though, literally when upon seeing an ethnically-Japanese crew member he thought he recognized from WW2 the former Marine had a violent flashback and nearly beheaded the man with a prop sword prompting a security guard to shoot him with a prop gun causing him to suddenly collapse into a sobbing heap then start emulating an alien invasion using only two chopsticks, a Japanese fan, and bowl of noodles.

Between those antics and Milton Berle's constant arrival on set dressed as a Geisha instead of a Samurai Lee Marvin (also a former Marine) finally just quit the whole show and stormed off muttering something about “I may have survived getting my ass shot off in Saipan, but there's no way in hell I'll survive these morons!”.

So there you have it, what might have been had Hollywood had its way on casting that time.

That also got me thinking, if my books were to be optioned for movies who would fill the roles? Any ideas out there?

Cover art done by Jerry Scullion of sculliondesign.com