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Old December 19 2009, 03:31 AM   #1711
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Re: Cast the Characters of Trek Literature

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Ming Xiong – Figured him slight but sharp, like Andy Lau.
oh, no, not Andy Lau, I can't see him playing an idealistic young man who joined Starfleet to seek out new life and new civilizations.
SVU fan chiming in here: how about B.D. Wong?
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Old December 19 2009, 07:06 AM   #1712
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I dunno, seems to me Xiong's been growing a little less wonderstruck as the series moves on. But I can see what you mean.
I think my perception of Andy Lau is firmly grounded in the gambling movies he did and then recently his performance on stage as a singer.

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SVU fan chiming in here: how about B.D. Wong?
I haven't watched anything by this guy, so I can't say. Besides, I don't have a very good image of what Xiong is like, and I rarely picture the characters when I read.
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Old December 19 2009, 08:18 AM   #1713
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oh, i do. it all plays out in my head like a trillion dollar movie. that's why i love books.
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Old December 20 2009, 01:49 AM   #1714
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Same here, which is why I try to cast as many characters as I possibly can. It makes it easier for me to "watch the movie".
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Yeah -- Mako is my Nogura now. I used to go with James Shigeta, who played Nogura in a fan film I read about in Starlog once, and who I think was considered for the role in an early part of the TMP or Phase II development process. But Mako is a much better idea.

Now if only Dave or Dayton and Kevin would write a scene where Nogura says the word "samurai"... or speaks lovingly about tea...
I feel like I should recognize that reference, but it's not coming to me.
Whenever I think of Mako, I think of the different roles he played in M*A*S*H. I know I've seen him in alot of other good stuff, but I love M*A*S*H* so they've always stuck with me.
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Old December 20 2009, 02:25 AM   #1715
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Now if only Dave or Dayton and Kevin would write a scene where Nogura says the word "samurai"... or speaks lovingly about tea...
I feel like I should recognize that reference, but it's not coming to me.
The former is to his voice role as the villain Aku (and the main title narrator) on Samurai Jack; the latter is to his final role, Iroh in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
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Old December 20 2009, 02:40 AM   #1716
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SVU fan chiming in here: how about B.D. Wong?
I haven't watched anything by this guy, so I can't say. Besides, I don't have a very good image of what Xiong is like, and I rarely picture the characters when I read.
Here's a Wiki page about his SVU character.
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Old December 20 2009, 03:44 PM   #1717
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Now if only Dave or Dayton and Kevin would write a scene where Nogura says the word "samurai"... or speaks lovingly about tea...
I feel like I should recognize that reference, but it's not coming to me.
The former is to his voice role as the villain Aku (and the main title narrator) on Samurai Jack; the latter is to his final role, Iroh in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Ah, never seen either of those. Although I do have the first season of Avatar waiting in my Netflix Watch Instantly queue.
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Old December 29 2009, 12:18 AM   #1718
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Ming Xiong – Figured him slight but sharp, like Andy Lau.
Rarely when I'm reading a book can I 'cast' an actor in a role, but for some reason I always picture Edison Chen (who played the young Andy Lau in the Infernal Affairs saga) for Ming Xiong.

I always thought the way he played the character in IA2 is the way Ming Xiong comes across in the books.

As for Andy Lau, I don't really rate him as an actor. Sorry
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Old December 29 2009, 12:35 AM   #1719
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Liza Lapira as T'Ryssa Chen
Liza plays "Ivy" (Topher's sidekick) on Dollhouse (and has played the much more serious Agent Lee on NCIS), so I think she has the right blend of youthfulness and maturity to play Tryss (considering that Tryss, despite her behaviour, is old enough to be an officer).
Hmm, I see what you're going for. Doesn't work for me, but she's more in the ballpark than most of the suggestions I've heard.
Of course, most people would probably say Lucy Liu with pointed ears. In my imagination she looks like Ezri with longer hair. Are you keeping it to yourself, Chris, or did you have a particular actress in mind? Perhaps Maggie Q?
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Old December 29 2009, 02:16 AM   #1720
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Of course, most people would probably say Lucy Liu with pointed ears.
What?? No, totally the wrong type for T'Ryssa. Profoundly the wrong type. That'd be like casting Leonard Nimoy as Chekov.

Although Lucy Liu does happen to be more or less my mental model for the leading lady in my story "The Hub of the Matter" which will be in the March issue of Analog.


Are you keeping it to yourself, Chris, or did you have a particular actress in mind? Perhaps Maggie Q?
No, she's not the right type either. Don't think glamorous and striking, think cute and tomboyish.

And I didn't have a particular actress in mind, no. I have a mental image of her, but it's not based on any single person.

Actually, after seeing Liza Lapira in a bigger role in a recent Dollhouse -- and seeing her without the facial piercings and a more attractive hairstyle -- I think she's closer to the right type than I did when Cybersnark first suggested it. I also think Smith Cho from the recent Knight Rider revival came pretty close. If you took the average of those two women, that might be pretty close to the mark in both looks and personality.
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Old December 29 2009, 03:15 AM   #1721
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Do you watch NCIS at all? Liza Lapira had a recurring role as an agent a more straitlaced agent for a couple seasons.
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Old December 29 2009, 01:26 PM   #1722
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^ cute and tomboyish? how about this girl?
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Old December 29 2009, 03:18 PM   #1723
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^In the ballpark in looks (though she could stand to put on a few pounds), but I have no idea who she is or what her personality/performance would be like. We're (hypothetically) casting a main member of the TNG ensemble here, not a calendar pinup.
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Old December 29 2009, 07:06 PM   #1724
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^In the ballpark in looks (though she could stand to put on a few pounds), but I have no idea who she is or what her personality/performance would be like. We're (hypothetically) casting a main member of the TNG ensemble here, not a calendar pinup.
But we are talking about actors (people who get paid to be someone they are not) and their performing abilities (well I am) and if they are any good, what they look like and their personality in real life shouldn't matter really should it?
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Old December 29 2009, 07:18 PM   #1725
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^Huh? I didn't mean real-life personality, I meant onscreen persona -- the voice, the delivery, the expressions, the attitude. I have an image in my mind of how T'Ryssa looks and how she talks and acts. The whole point of this is to find an actress who can not only look the part but pull off the performance.
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