Welcome to the casting couch
The ink had hardly dried on my signature on the contract to publish my two ‘Iron Admiral’ books when Diane asked me who I’d cast as the lead characters when Hollywood came calling for the movie rights. Yes, well, all right. A tad premature, but a girl can dream.
To tell you the truth, I hadn’t thought about it. I know some authors will go to great lengths to find photos of their MCs to help them with their writing. By that I mean the sort of process where you go leafing through magazines or the internet picture galleries looking for suitably inspiring pictures. These are then posted on boards in your writing office or your desktop as handy places to refer to when you’re writing. I suppose it might be particularly useful if you can collect a set of pictures of the same person in a variety of poses, so you can see exactly what they’d look like when smiling, laughing, angry etc etc. I know published authors who work this way.
I’ve already shown you, haven’t I, that I don’t do this? That doesn’t mean I don’t have a very good idea of what they look like and very early in the piece, too. They’re up here <presses fingertip to temple> talking to me, approving, disapproving, tapping their feet when I get it wrong. So to be honest, finding a face to fit can be very difficult.
But <sigh> needs must. Ex-Admiral Chaka Saahren, now, the Iron Admiral of the title. Well, he’s tall, ‘cos I like tall men. About 6’ 4”. (That’s about 193cm metric) He’s not young, around mid 40’s, I’d say. You don’t get to Admiral over night, after all. But of course, in the distant future he’d still have the body of a twenty year old. He’s also not white Caucasian. He has the features of an Indian (subcontinent, not red), that is, black hair, dark (but not black) skin, straight nose. Well, frankly, that pretty much leaves out the leading men in Hollywood. But not the leading men in Bollywood.
Or so I discovered when the redoubtable Diane left this on my wall on Facebook.
Akshay Kumar. Bollywood heartthrob. Well, of course I took a close look. Inspected from all angles. “Hmmm,” I said. “Yes, it has some merit but Saahren would be clean shaven.” In the future military they would save time from all that shaving stuff by having a reversible depilatory. Translate that as ‘Greta isn’t a fan of facial hair and particularly dislikes scratchy stubble’. Hey, he’s MY character.
So off I went. And found these on Mister Kumar’s website.
Just imagine this gentleman in a white admiral’s uniform. With maybe the jacket undone. Oh, my.
Allysha? What about her? Oh, yes, the leading lady. I suppose ‘who cares’ doesn’t work? Oh, all right, then.
She’s about 30, a very smart systems engineer, height about 5’ 6” (168cm). She has unusual green eyes, creamy skin and long, dark hair with a reddish tinge. Sounds a bit Irish, really. Katy Holmes sort of works with my mental image. Allysha’s eyes are different. Like this.
And last but not least, Sean O’Reilly, Allysha’s womanising, estranged husband. Well, he strikes me as something of a Hugh Grant, or at least, the types of characters that Hugh Grant so often plays. Think ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’. Except in my mind’s eye, Sean has blond hair. <shrugs> Just some peroxide.
For more casting couch fun, come and join me when I fit faces to names for ‘Morgan’s Choice’, coming soon.