Friday, March 19, 2010

Hollywood's Comic Book Casting Crisis: Not Enough Actors to go Around

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the "coveted" role of "Captain America" has been offered to an actor called Chris Evans.
Chris Evans is one step closer to the role of Captain America.

Sources tell us the actor, who once donned superhero garb in two "Fantastic Four" movies, has been offered the role of Captain America.

Marvel has not confirmed the development and CAA, which reps the actor, declined to comment.

Evans' offer would include starring in up to three "America" movies plus "The Avengers" movies and appearances in several other Marvel movies. While an offer to star in "America" may seem like something you don't have to mull over too long, one possible complication is that Evans is committed to co-starring in the Anna Faris romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" Both are scheduled to shoot this summer.

The role of Captain America and his alter ego Steve Rogers has been one of the most heavily scrutinized parts by the industry, the media and the comic book fandom in recent memory.
I emphasized the portion relevant to my point. This is the guy who played THE HUMAN FREAKING TORCH in those two miserable "Fantastic Four" films. The Fantastic Four are four of the most important characters in all of comics. The first issue of their series basically jump-started Marvel comics, for crying out loud.

Now he's been offered the role of Captain America?

Are there that few actors in Hollywood? They can't find someone who hasn't already starred as an iconic comic book character in another franchise (granted, that franchise was as I've already stated miserable, but still).

Chris Evans is benefitting from a dangerously low number of actors available for comic book-related roles. Studies have shown that for every comic book  movie role, there are only 0.2 actors available. Won't you do your part to help ensure that these roles are filled? Please consider donating to my blog, by purchasing the novel Arsole Fantüme, Gentleman Immoralist-- link to the right of this post?

I knocked around Hollywood for quite awhile. I met many a struggling actor. You can throw a rock on Santa Monica Blvd at noon on a Tuesday and hit one (and you probably should, too). Why can't they get some completely fresh face for this role? They really need to get a "name"?

He's Captain America. For crying out loud. He can open a movie on his own.

But there's more. In addition to his "FF" work, Mr. Evans is starring in some other comic book-based films:
Evans, also repped by 3 Arts Entertainment, has the DC Comics adaptation “The Losers” in the can and also appears in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” Edgar Wright’s adaptation of the popular Oni Press graphic novel series.
Not only is he appearing in two other comic book adaptations (set to appear this year, no less), he's starring in films based on properties from other publishers besides Marvel.

I mean it. There is a crisis in Hollywood. There just aren't enough actors for all these comic book adaptations. This is serious, and think about this. How many comic book fans want to see the guy who played The Human Torch in the rotten FF movies take a stab at another, even bigger character?

If and when there is a Captain America film, and if and when I actually see it, I know exactly what I'll be thinking: Why the hell is Johnny Storm wearing Steve Rogers's uniform? This is insane, the Human Torch ain't Captain America.

I've already covered this ground in my post on Ryan Reynolds, who has appeared or is to appear in at least three comic book adaptations himself:
Ryan Reynolds appeared in "Blade Trinity," which was based on the Marvel Comics character "Blade," and this summer he appeared as "Deadpool" in the Marvel Comics-based "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Then came word that the Deadpool character would be spun off into his own franchise. Now, it has just been announced that Reynolds has landed the coveted role of "Green Lantern" in the film adaptation of DC Comics' "Green Lantern," which is tentatively titled "Green Lantern."

But my sources tell me that Reynolds' deals to appear in these superhero franchise films extend farther than that.

I can report- exclusively- that Ryan Reynolds has been cast in every upcoming superhero film!

How quaint! Mr. Evans will have Mr. Reynolds beat, if he takes the Captain America role. That would be four different comic book roles. Megan Fox is also (apparently, allegedly) making a lot of comic book-based films.

This is a real crisis, almost as bad as the Infinite Crisis, which was very, very bad. Comic book movies are truly the only "sure things" in Hollywood. With the economy in the toilet, it is more important than ever that Hollywood do well. The industry NEEDS comic book films. But with so few actors available for these plum roles, there is a serious danger that some of these films might not get made.

And that would be a real tragedy.

Please consider doing all you can to ensure that there are enough actors for these coveted roles.

Chris Evans pic source.

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