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Old February 12 2011, 05:02 AM   #1951
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The Vanguard bible suggests Steve Buscemi as a template for Dr. Anthony Leone.
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Old February 12 2011, 06:17 AM   #1952
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Ah....well, he's visually memorable. Can't say I remember much of his voice, as I've only seen him in one or two films, and those a long while ago. Thanks.
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Old February 13 2011, 09:36 PM   #1953
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it doesn't help that Leone is the name of the major Mafia family in the Grand Theft Auto games.
Ah, young 'uns. When I saw that name, I immediately thought of the great director Sergio Leone, of The Good The Bad The Ugly, Once Upon A Time in the West, etc.
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Old February 19 2011, 05:40 PM   #1954
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Currently reading Paths of Disharmony (after finishing up Losing the Peace), and I've got a BSG thing for some of the characters:

Choudhury: Rekha Sharma
Chen: Grace Park
Konya: Tahmoh Penikett

As for the others:

Harstad: Tamala Jones (the character's first name brought me right to Jones); but the short haircut described reminded me of Halle Berry. Then I got a Stacey Dash vibe. In any event, Geordi couldn't lose with either three
Elfiki: Nazneen Contractor came to mind; so does Sarah Shahi
Den: Joel Gretsch
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Old February 19 2011, 06:10 PM   #1955
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Choudhury: Rekha Sharma
Dave Mack would agree, but I don't like her much, and I see Choudhury as taller. Janina Gavankar is one possibility, though not ideal.

Chen: Grace Park
I've seen it suggested before, and I guess it could possibly work.

Konya: Tahmoh Penikett
I don't see that at all. For one thing, Konya's blond, and probably not that tall. In my mind, he looks kind of like a younger Aaron Eckhart.


Elfiki: Nazneen Contractor came to mind; so does Sarah Shahi
Sarah Shahi is Dave's suggestion, and I agree she'd be a fantastic choice.

Den: Joel Gretsch
Not even close to how I imagined Hegol Den. I kind of based him on Monk's Stanley Kamel.
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Old February 19 2011, 09:43 PM   #1956
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Chen: Grace Park
I've always used her for Prynn myself, and I find it hard to cast the same person in 2 big roles like this. I've been watching the Korean spy drama IRIS, and I've been thinking that Hyun Jyu Ni, might make a good Chen.
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Old February 19 2011, 10:24 PM   #1957
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I've been watching the Korean spy drama IRIS, and I've been thinking that Hyun Jyu Ni, might make a good Chen.
Going only from photos, she looks like the right type, allowing for being Korean rather than Chinese. But then, "Chen" can be a Korean surname as well. I guess I never explicitly specified that Trys's human ancestry was Chinese, though that was my intent. I just said she had Asian features.
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Old February 20 2011, 02:07 AM   #1958
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^ So I guess you and Mack discussed this sort of thing at length with Chodhury, Elfiki, and Chen being introduced in Greater Than the Sum and featured even further in the Destiny trilogy.

And while on the subject, what sorts of clues were given about Prynn's ethnicity. My initial reaction to the Memory Beta page was, "How is she black when her father's white and her mother's Asian"? Perhaps one of the darker-skinned Indonesian or Indian ethnicities?
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Old February 20 2011, 02:52 AM   #1959
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^ So I guess you and Mack discussed this sort of thing at length with Chodhury, Elfiki, and Chen being introduced in Greater Than the Sum and featured even further in the Destiny trilogy.
No, "casting" suggestions didn't really come up between us during writing. I know about Dave's "cast" preferences from his earlier comments in this thread.

And while on the subject, what sorts of clues were given about Prynn's ethnicity. My initial reaction to the Memory Beta page was, "How is she black when her father's white and her mother's Asian"? Perhaps one of the darker-skinned Indonesian or Indian ethnicities?
Prynn isn't "black." The model on the Mission: Gamma cover has often been misconstrued that way, but it's a trick of lighting and hairstyle. Try covering up the hair and it becomes clear that the model's features are Asian. And her complexion is no darker than Dukat's on his part of the M:G cover spread.
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Old February 20 2011, 02:14 PM   #1960
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John C. McGinley as Kant Jorel from Articles of the Federation.
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Old February 20 2011, 11:35 PM   #1961
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Going only from photos, she looks like the right type, allowing for being Korean rather than Chinese. But then, "Chen" can be a Korean surname as well.
Well, if we can have a Japanese man named "Sulu."

Any suggestions for Gell Kamemor from Rough Beasts of Empire and Serpents Among the Ruins? I keep getting a Linda Hunt vibe from her (though she's never described as being that short). She has a somewhat reluctant Hetty-like authority about her; she doesn't want power, but one crosses her at one's peril.
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Old February 24 2011, 08:47 AM   #1962
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DarKush wrote: View Post
Currently reading Paths of Disharmony (after finishing up Losing the Peace), and I've got a BSG thing for some of the characters:

Choudhury: Rekha Sharma
Chen: Grace Park
Konya: Tahmoh Penikett

As for the others:

Harstad: Tamala Jones (the character's first name brought me right to Jones); but the short haircut described reminded me of Halle Berry. Then I got a Stacey Dash vibe. In any event, Geordi couldn't lose with either three
Elfiki: Nazneen Contractor came to mind; so does Sarah Shahi
Den: Joel Gretsch
Forgive me, as I'm out of the loop here.

I'm assuming this 'Tamala Harstad' talked about is being paired with Geordi LaForge in the novel 'Paths of Disharmony'? I couldn't find anything on the character on Memory Beta.

And, judging from the 'casting'...I'm assuming this Tamala Harstad is written as a 'black' woman?

Lastly, what happened with the Dina Elfiki character?
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Old February 24 2011, 03:33 PM   #1963
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Lastly, what happened with the Dina Elfiki character?
What do you mean? She's still around.
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Old February 24 2011, 08:44 PM   #1964
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Lastly, what happened with the Dina Elfiki character?
What do you mean? She's still around.
I mean: Didn't she and LaForge have 'something' going on?
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Old February 24 2011, 09:33 PM   #1965
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I mean: Didn't she and LaForge have 'something' going on?
Uhh, no. Geordi and Dina resolved very early on, in Greater Than the Sum, to be just friends and colleagues.
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