For Custer himself, I have a few ideas which would require the use of a time machine and other figments of our imagination.
Robert Patrick from Terminator 2 is (or was) armed with a matching height and weight, a cold blue stare, and a fine set of lop ears. The difference in hair can be remedied. He'd probably work well as a Tom Custer too, both of them the matching snake eyes (George Armstrong Custer also had the whiplash stare, but he could shake away the nasty whenever he wanted and the attitude was not glued there permanently in the frozen stare that Tom sports. Little brother was a mean little one).
Robert Patrick is (or was) also a fantastic athlete. And in the scene where John Connor is trying to getaway on his bike at the mall, Robert Patrick ran right up to Edward Furlong on the speeding moped and tapped him on the shoulder at the first take. Thus the T-1000 would've nailed his target and the future would be doomed. Patrick sported a mustache in Copland and Fire In The Sky (where he also sported long hair). Custer was a great star in all of the physical activities available at West Point, plus all of the brawny horseplay at home.
Dennis Hopper also sported a Custerian shade during a greater and more recent portion of his life. After getting away from drugs in the eighties, he returned with a youthful exuberance and some of the finest performances of his career. Having personally grown up with him in around what I think to be his greatest era, I can easily see a Custer slice of vitality in my personal favorite such as Speed, WaterWorld, and Super Mario Bro. (its a good movie, damn it. so screw any one who doesn't like King Koopa). All of which began with Blue Velvet, and I loved him in Boiling Point. It was all a fantastic improvement to the "hey, man" hippies stages of his life. Though he had some good work back then as well.
And if those people don't intrigue you, then we also have Terry Bradshaw, Gene Wilder, and the Oompa Loompas!
And If anyone can ever gets around to working Sherman in as a character into a Custer movie.... be stunned, here is Lance Henriksen!
LOL. Thanks for the compliment Fred, but there are many other young lads who can do a far better job of it. Now I might do a decent job portraying Myles older brother Tom. (Besides, I'm only half-Irish on me mother's side.....begorrah.)
Post by fjordmustang on Mar 3, 2009 16:25:02 GMT -5
My boss would make a good Myles Keogh (as long as he doesn't have to speak... he has a nice Icelandic accent, which sorta sounds Irish but not quite). This picture was from an Icelandic cowboy party
Seriously, I would vote for Celtic Thunder performer Ryan Kelly. He is about that age and Irish and also has acting experience. He has a nice voice, too.
As for Benteen, I like some of the choices shown. Don't laugh, but I have often wondered how Alton Brown would do in the role. He would have to wear a wig and lose the glasses, of course but there is something about his face and his Southern mannerisms... He has acting experience as well as film making experience, but he's best known for producing shows about the science of cooking and travel documentaries where he motorcycles across country in search of lost American cuisine. He seems like a very funny and polite guy, but he can play grumpy and sarcastic smart ass pretty well, too. And he's quite adventerous and into the outdoors, including horse riding. And everyone on the set of the SOTMS movie would eat really well and maybe learn how to cook using only a saddle and some hot rocks:-)
(This was from an episode about peaches, including a history of how peaches "migrated" from China to the American South)
I think this image of Alton on his cross country motorcycle trek was what started me thinking of Benteen... note his rain hat.
And here he drops back into his native Southern accent and plays grumpy while explaining the importance of cutting boards.
Mathew McConaghey as GAC, Robert Downey as Reno, Neal Mcdonough as Benteen, Tom Selleck as Alfred Terry
Robert Downey and Neal McDonough are great choices! I just saw Neal in the sci fi movie "Tin Man" (a sci fi, darker update on the Wizard of Oz). He played the role of the Tin Man, re imagined as a sheriff/cavalry officer who had lost his heart because he was a resistance fighter who was captured by the bad guys and he had seen his wife and son tortured and dragged away to be killed by the evil forces and then had to be imprisoned in an iron suit-cage and forced to view that torture scene as a holograph over and over again for 8 years until he was freed by the "Dorothy" character. The result was he lost any sense of compassion and became a cold, angry vengeful man. This puts him at odds with the Dorothy character (aka DG) and the scarecrow character (Glitch) and the telepathic empath (thus over sensitive and seemingly timid) lion-man Raw , but the Tin Man/soldier has to work with them to accomplish the quest and, in the process, discover the importance of compassion. Neal played his part beautifully, being both sarcastic but also tragically vulnerable. He could do the same here. Benteen is a very complex personality, so you need someone complex to play him. This guy could do the job in my humble opinion as an utter neophyte. BTW if you have an interest in sci-fi, fantasy or L Frank Baum, check out "Tin Man" if you can rent it out. It is a very brilliant movie, worth watching for Neal but also a lot of very innovative characters and film making.
Yeah, Downey especially is a perfect choice for Marcus Reno. I gotta hand it to you, you have just NAILED a casting choice better than any one in the history of filmmaking. I'll have to kick myself for not thinking of Downey.
They have that very same "deer in the headlights" quality about their faces. And Downey has a firm knack for looking sleazy and off putting, which is how Reno came off to people (he was considered a bit awkward, whether or not you love him or hate him.)
Good form, runaheap. Good form.
PS Steve Martin and Bill Murray would still make the finest Benteens.