Characters, Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen – The Men

Something fun today–

While none of these men are dead ringers for my characters as I envision them, here are thirteen actors I would be happy to cast in their roles at the moment:

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1. Sean Bean in his Richard Sharpe days might do well for Finn macc Liamor.

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2. Ray Stevenson would be great for my character Angus Doran.
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3. Gerard Butler would make an excellent King Marcan macc Aed.
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And why settle for one Gerard Butler when you can have him play dual roles-- Marcan's cousin Prince Niell macc Laisren.
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4. Clive Owen for my Deamhan Snaithan Caemoc Unagands
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5. Ioann Gruffudd would do well as Eisarn, half-brother to Snaithan.
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6. Joseph Fiennes would fit as Eochaid of Snowmount
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7. Matthew Fox would suit Lou Keharn.
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8. Alan Rickman would make an excellent Lord Tierney Doran.
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9. Anthony Hopkins would do so nicely as Lord Finntan.
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10. Sam Elliott here does actually look like my character Lord Ailill Eremon.
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11. The incomparable Paul Newman would do very well for Joahaal of Teras in his human form of John Morris.
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12. Antonio Banderas would do nicely as Prince Meloric Andranneca.
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13. Oded Fehr would be great in dual roles as Prince Anriaon and
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his twin Prince Anraban

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If you use character photos, do you develop the look of your characters from photos initially or do you later find photos that are similar to what you first envisioned in your mind?

17 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen – The Men”

  1. I do use character photos, but my process goes something like this:

    I’ll see someone – an actor, singer, person on the street, whatever – and I’ll start brewing the idea right then and there. Usually, my imagination takes off and begins weaving storylines from a single image.

    Often I’ll find a photo that suits a particular moment in a story, later on. What ends up happening if the inspiration was a famous person, is that I’ll go looking for pics of them. I always find something that way.

    I need a camera that takes pictures without being obvious, though. I see people around town all the time that I’d love to photograph and use for inspiration later on. Last night, I saw two lovely men at the bar of a restaurant where we were eating dinner. I would have loved to have been able to get a pic of them – they were so cute! – and use them in a story later.

    Pity…

    Now I’m rambling. Sorry!

    Happy TT!
    Ciao!

  2. Yummy! Great post.
    I usually create the characters and then try to find photos that sort of match the hero’s physical attributes. Sometimes, though, I have an idea one someone to begin with and I play with their image as I make a few minor tweaks and changes.

    The hero in my crop circle story is a younger version of Gerard Butler (at least in looks).

  3. About half way through my wip I usually find a picture of the hero and heroine. I have an idea how they’re going to look. I think that’s why I love making book trailers. It brings them to life. Great pics!

  4. It depends. Sometimes I look for specific pics that would suit the guy in my head. Other times, I’ll see a pic and the char will gain similar characteristics.

  5. Oh no, my characters are in my mind first, then I find the photos. I love Gerard, may have to use him sometime as an exception to my own rule! How fun! Happy TT.

  6. Thank you, ladies. Yes, they are lovely men. 🙂

    Alice- I find I don’t start with a face in mind as I begin a character or really keep the actor in mind. (lol. I might make an exception in the future for Gerard Butler. 🙂 )We were talking about how we come up with our characters last weekend at my NJRW meeting. I realized I find my characters out of an inciting incident, then slowly their appearance and other characteristics appear. I really only “see” them after living with them for awhile. Then it’s fun to find photos that are close in some respects to what’s in my head, and most are chosen more for the “energy” and emotion, rather than a precise physical match.

  7. That list was great. It was hard not to drool… much. I don’t use character photos I just have a mental picture in my head of what they look like. Perhaps it’s something I should look into.

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