Hidalgo was a very silly movie. It was supposed to be a true story, based on the book the guy wrote, but apparently the book was total fiction--the race he described never existed, and there were some other descrepancies as well, which I no longer remember. However, that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it!
The library staff loved Sean Bean in the Sharpe series--we watched the whole thing on our lunch breaks, over about a year and a half. I think he might be able to do Custer if he could lose the accent.
Andrew, you're gonna have to get in line and audition like the rest of them--even if you do have the cowboy hat and six-shooters!
custerwest Mortenson wasn't trying to be Custer in "Hildago"; he was another character, entirely. It's called "acting". too weak and feminine?! The character rode out across the Arabian desert, alone. Little to go on save the stars. Sean Bean's character in LOTR was stronger and more complex because he was playing AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT CHARACTER. What part of "acting" don't you understand? alfuso
Even in Lord of the Rings, Mortensen looked more like a lost poet than a fighter. The physical part was great, but the overall character was little bit weak. Mortensen uses to play people wh do not want the job but got it after all - and try to live with it.
Sean Bean often played decisive characters. Strong leaders. Boromir's part in LOR was much better than Aragorn's
If you have seen Viggo's performance in his recent movie Eastern Promises, it would put to rest any doubts about his ability to play tough and hardened characters. I think he has the right size and build to play Custer too, and is probably a far better horseman than anyone else they could find for the role. Sean is a good actor, but he''s too big and too british to get Custer down right, imo.
The tough part would be finding the right actor to play Tom Custer. How about Tom Cruise or Keanu Reeves?
"The tough part would be finding the right actor to play Tom Custer. How about Tom Cruise or Keanu Reeves? "
In either case, the tough part would be not dying of laughter.
lol....ok, ok, so who would you nominate instead? Brad Pitt? lol.
And andrew, Val Kilmer might have been a good choice 10 years ago. Now, he's as fat as a horse. Did you see him in any of his recent movies? You know, he might make a good Benteen, come to think of it.
"The more I see of movement here (Little Big Horn Battlefield), the more I have admiration for Custer, and I am satisfied his like will not be found very soon again.”
~ Gen. Nelson Miles, Commanding General of the Army ------
"With our cherished ones deliverance within our grasp we waited breathless two hours, for the order that never came."