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Old October 2 2012, 05:20 AM   #136
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So do all casting call sheets typically sound so dull at first blush?
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Old October 2 2012, 09:20 AM   #137
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Most cases yes. They're just usually a small snippet of the characters (like the ones posted is a perfect example). At least the ones that I've had experience reading.


Interesting sounding characters. Casting is going to be fascinating to keep track off.
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Old October 2 2012, 09:38 AM   #138
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Sure. If they get too specific with ethnicity, age or even gender, they might cheat themselves out of the best actor for the job. Recall that the legend is that Gene Rodenberry was initially against casting Patrick Stewart as Picard because Stewart wasn't French! Better for casting directors to be vague and non-specific about a characters description, and see who gets the part right.
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Old October 2 2012, 02:09 PM   #139
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To add a couple specific examples to what Turtletrekker said:

The character of Claudette Wyms in The Shield was originally supposed to be male, but the role ultimately went to CCH Pounder. Hell, for that matter, she was originally up for C.J. Cregg in The West Wing, but I can't imagine anyone other than Allison Janney in that role.
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Old October 2 2012, 02:20 PM   #140
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Recall that the legend is that Gene Rodenberry was initially against casting Patrick Stewart as Picard because Stewart wasn't French! Better for casting directors to be vague and non-specific about a characters description, and see who gets the part right.
Also the security chief was called "Macha" Hernandez until they decided to cast a pale blond woman in the role and changed her name to Tasha Yar -- and Data was supposed to be Asian or Pacific Islander in appearance. In DS9, the doctor was going to be Julian Amoros until they cast Siddig el Fadil (as he was then known) in the role and changed the character's surname to the Arabic "Bashir."

And of course Ripley in Alien was written as male -- or rather, all the roles were written as gender-neutral and the producers cast accordingly.
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Old October 2 2012, 04:57 PM   #141
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^And Siddig El Faddil originally was invited to read for the role of Sisko. THe producers thought he was a lot older than he actually was, as he had so convincingly played an older character in Lawrence After Arabia.
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Old October 13 2012, 10:06 PM   #142
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S.H.I.E.L.D to star Clark Gregg as agent Phil Coulson.

What? Really?

And then, suddenly, Joss Whedon showed up onscreen amongst applause.

"We all love Clark Gregg, there's no doubt about that," Whedon said. "From before we made 'The Avengers,' we discussed whether there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, perhaps a part of a TV show even after his death. … The fact of the matter is, as much as we love him, now that I'm really running Marvel, I like to keep a type of artistic integrity, which means we don't stretch the bounds of reality."

"There was never going to be a 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' show without Agent Phil Coulson!" said Feige, who appeared behind Whedon a Coulson Lives shirt.

"He's headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was." said Whedon.

Loeb confirmed Clark Gregg is the first member cast in Whedon's "S.H.I.E.L.D."
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Old October 13 2012, 10:11 PM   #143
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It's like Whedon got tired of hearing Christopher constantly saying that no character from the movies will ever appear on the show, and wanted to prove him wrong!

Good news. I guess this will be a prequel to the movie.
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Old October 13 2012, 10:26 PM   #144
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Coulson earth 2?

If it is the same movie Coulson I hope the show makes some jab(pun intended) at Coulson's movie death.
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Old October 13 2012, 10:29 PM   #145
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Earth-2 is a DC thing. This would be the Coulson from Counter-Earth.
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Old October 13 2012, 10:30 PM   #146
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Coulson earth 2?

If it is the same movie Coulson I hope the show makes some jab(pun intended) at Coulson's movie death.
Like:

"I heard you died!?!"

"I got better!"

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Old October 13 2012, 10:30 PM   #147
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There was plenty of speculation after Avengers that maybe he wasn't really dead at all, just badly wounded and Nick Fury being Nick Fury, so it'll probably be the same Coulson. This sounds good to me!

It's funny how on a day when DC was given such bad news about two of their cartoons, Marvel has this great news to make everybody happy.
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Old October 13 2012, 10:52 PM   #148
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Old October 13 2012, 10:56 PM   #149
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There was plenty of speculation after Avengers that maybe he wasn't really dead at all, just badly wounded and Nick Fury being Nick Fury, so it'll probably be the same Coulson. This sounds good to me!
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Old October 13 2012, 11:18 PM   #150
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It's official...I'll for sure be watching S.H.I.E.L.D. (I'm sure Marvel is relieved.)

Coulson lives!
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