C. Thomas Howell

In Boggs We Trust

Should I gush some more over the new poster or not? Nope, that’s pretty much been covered in full, seriously – you should see the straggler articles flooding my google alerts, it’s a little sad. So, what’s there left to talk about this week having to do with all things Hunger Games – FANTASY CASTING that’s what. Oh yeah, I’m doing it again.

If you think I’m going to start whipping out ideas for Johanna Mason I simply refuse to go there at this juncture in time, for it’s a den of getting virtually bitch slapped by countless people on any number of internet discussion boards or micro blogging sites. Nope, I’m crazy about fantasy casting Boggs.

Okay, so refresher! Who is Boggs? Boggs is a career military man from District 13, who takes his job very seriously. He’s loyal, he’s forthright, and he’s willing to make sacrifices for the greater good. His physical description is succinct, a man in his mid forties with close cropped grey hair and blue eyes. Following the trend the casting director of The Hunger Games started, the physical description is out for the most part, as is the age restriction, give or take about 10 years!

Starting with, The One Who Stayed, C. Thomas Howell. He’s been around for a long time in the business – over 30 years actually. Where you have definitely seen him is E.T. The Extraterrestrial, I’m gonna let you go re-watch the movie now, ’cause it’s the weekend and you probably have the time. What he’s most famous for – Frances Ford Coppola’s 1983 adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. The novel was literally one of the first categorised and popularised Young Adult novels, and it was powerful – no wait, it still is. Howell’s career has ebbed and flowed over the years, but I guarantee you you’ve seen him in more than just Outsiders and E.T. Currently he has a recurring role on the frenetic TNT cop drama SouthLAnd, where he plays what could easily be termed as the comic relief. The series is hard hitting though, so while his character (Dewey), is comical at times, he’s also mired in pain and is a recovering alcoholic, also he’s incredibly socially awkward – or to be completely politically incorrect –  Dewey’s a dick. Enough about Dewey though, Howell’s the subject at hand! So, what makes him good for Boggs, 1. age (even though I said I was ignoring that for the most part), he’s 45, 2. he’s got grey hair, 3. he’s can act well whilst holding a gun, 4. he already looks like someone who could have been in the military, 5. great speaking voice. 6. The guy could probably act opposite a paper bag and still move you to tears – the good kind though, not the bad kind of tears.

Skip to 4:27 to hear the voice I’m talking about. Personally, I think it would be fantastic if a cast member from one of the first well received and beloved Y.A. novels to be made into a film, could be part of The Hunger Games family – because it’s sort of coming full circle. A Y.A. novel adaptation essentially started his career, one of the top Y.A. novel series of recent years should be honoured to have him take part.

The One Who Many Love And Want to See More Of – Wentworth Miller. Or as I call him – Went. Yeah, we’re on a first name basis, in my head. This is what happens when you’re a die hard Prison Break fan! Went, as you can see isn’t hard on the eyes at all, but he’s a formidable actor and his intelligence is astounding to behold sometimes. He’s obviously best known for his starring role on the Fox series Prison Break, where he played a genius. Went’s not a genius, but he did go to Princeton, and he does have a vocabulary that makes your head spin, he’s also got writing skills that have literally made me cry, ‘cause they’re so damn good. In fact his original screenplay for the film Stoker was just filmed and it’s starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode. He’s played militaristic roles before as well, on shows like Ghost Whisperer and then in Resident Evil: Afterlife. Like Howell though, he too has an amazing speaking voice. He fits the description as well, minus the not being in his mid 40s, because he’s only 39, but he has greying hair, and intense blue eyes, plus he’s over 6 ft, which means if he’s acting next to Jennifer Lawrence at just over 5’7, neither would look dwarfed.

Why I’ve picked these two actors to start with, ‘cause believe you me I have more in mind – the list is just too long for one article. But I’ve picked these two, because they’re not so famous that they’ll take attention away from the stars of the films, and they’re not people who shy away from supporting roles. I like these men, I think they’re talented and would be vital assets to a franchise like The Hunger Games.

In Boggs we trust – aren’t you glad I didn’t fan-cast Johanna!?

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