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November 30, 2003

little wooden boy rides again

I love comic books. There, I said it, and I know I am a geek. Note, then, my despair when I heard that Keanu Reeves was playing John Constantine in a movie about the most famous of the Trenchcoat Brigade. Nooooo! Constantine has a burning depth to him, a dark past, and knowledge enough to get himself out of the nasty pinches he finds himself in. A bit demon, a bit angel, a lot of selfish, he needs someone to play him with a little more acting depth. Stuart Townsend or Jon Jacobs would be a better pick. I am about as disappointed as when I heard Tom Cruise was picked to play Lestat in Interview With the Vampire.

I like Keanu in the Matrix films. I really do. But Neo has only two faces - confused, and determined. Constantine is more subtle than that. But if Keanu it is, Keanu it is. I hope it works out better than I am anticipating. And I hope someone helps him work on keeping a Brit accent up for a whole movie.

Do you know what I would love to see? Nathan Fillion (of Firefly fame) as the starring role in a make of the comic book Preacher.

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Do you think this is on par or worse than either Alec Baldwin or Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan in a couple of Tom Clancy movies? I have to agree Cruise was not good as Lestat. And Keanu as John Constantine? Weren't his 15 minutes up a few years ago? ;)

Posted by: Keith at Nov 30, 2003 7:16:49 PM

How about Ben as Daredevil? How did he do? I haven't seen it yet. I didn't think Affleck should be Jack Ryan. Baldwin was okay, but Jack will always be played by Harrison Ford in my heart. Alec and Ben were too pretty. Alec Baldwin did do well, however, as The Shadow. Surprisingly well. But Baldwin does have some comic timing to him. Beetlejuice, anyone?

Anne Rice herself wanted Rutger Hauer for Lestat. I thought Sting should have had the part. When I write a book and it becomes a movie I will get to pick the actors though :)

Posted by: Alicia at Nov 30, 2003 7:25:44 PM

Keanu...What kind of name is that? That looks promising as a matter of fact, I shall click thine links set before thee! :P

Posted by: Andrew at Nov 30, 2003 9:41:40 PM

Keanu? "Whoa..." Every one of his characters seems like some iteration of the FBI agent he played in "Point Break."

Not that I've seen it... Eight times...

Posted by: Scott at Dec 1, 2003 7:06:28 AM

Oh dear... Keanu (forever pronounced "canoe" after Harry Enfield) is going to try to do a Liverpudlian accent? IIRC He didn't do very well with the accents in Dracula. What about James "Spike" Marsters or Jason Statham?

Posted by: jon at Dec 1, 2003 7:23:19 AM

James Marsters would be excellent! I have not seen any of Jason Statham's movies, so I couldn't tell you there, but I will take your word for it. But yeah, Marsters would be a great choice.

Posted by: Alicia at Dec 1, 2003 9:07:35 AM

Keanu won't be able to maintain a British accent.
I'll go on record as having made that
prediction. Otherwise, he's pretty good at
being a screen personality. I think he could
do the character justice.

Posted by: pam at Dec 1, 2003 11:41:47 AM

Hey Alicia I found you on Google.com! :P


Page 5, second link. :P I made page 3 last link on Google. Surprisingly enough.

Canoe Reeves, I can get used to that. :P

Posted by: Andrew at Dec 1, 2003 5:17:11 PM

Pam, I hope you are right. I was surprised he did well in the Matrix movies, but I thought that was due to the character being fairly stoic and conflicted.

I still think James Marsters could nail it.

Posted by: Alicia at Dec 1, 2003 7:50:56 PM