Re: CASTING, was: Re: Interesting Essay on Heinlein's 'Rational Anarchy'

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Tue Aug 14 2001 - 10:36:56 MDT

Mike Lorrey wrote:
> Doug Jones wrote:
> > Rubén Blades was Sherriff Montoya in the Milagro Beanfield War, but if
> > you're talking about the original Kung Fu series, David Carradine is
> > rather long in the tooth at age 65. Blades isn't much younger at 53.
> > (The Internet Movie Database is the ultimate movie
> > & TV trivia search engine.) Casting would have to take into account
> > the melting pot ancestry of the lunies, of course.
> Not in the case of LaPaz, since he was a transportee directly from
> earth, and was hispanic and elderly. Recall that he had a bad heart they
> worried about when he and Manny went to Earth to negotiate.

Oh, I thought the character in question was Manny, not Prof LaPaz.
Carradine is, I think, too recognizable for many roles- some relatively
obscure but skilled actor would be a better choice.

As for Michael Butler's objection-

> Are we casting for PC cartoon diversity roll call ["Negro!" "Here!"
> "Asian!" "Here!" "Girl!" "Here!" "Redhead!"...], or for the best
> actor for the part? Hmm? I mean, that might be what happened to
> Juan Rico in the mostly execrable _John Verhoeven's Starship Troopers_ [sic].

-I agree that the flavor of the novel does need some careful and
respectful attention. In a way, it seems that Verhoeven tried to
denigrate Heinlein's concepts, but *failed*. One of the tougher roles
to get right without making it silly is little Hazel, of course.

Doug Jones

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