Friday, April 20, 2007

The Word

[posted by Callimachus]

They're making another big-deal audio recording of the Bible, and casting the voices is trickier than you might think.

Eve Tushnet has some suggestions and wants to know yours. Her pick for Satan -- John Malkovich -- isn't bad at all. [Most of her others are dead, though, which might present a contractual hurdle.] Satan seems like the ultimate Jeremy Irons role to me, though. Since George Sanders (who did Shere Khan in the Disney "Jungle Book") is out of reach.

Of course he has to be British! Or German, but apparently there are no German actors, or else why do the Nazis in the old movies so often speak with British accents?

Then again, thinking about "Jungle Book" made me think about transfering the whole cast over. Phil Harris as Peter; Louis Prima as Herod; Sterling Holloway (a.k.a. "Winnie the Pooh") as Judas.

Or, the current events choice: Alec Baldwin. Who, it should be noted, is such a hero among the Americaphobes at Huffington Post that they were eager to circle the wagons around him even before he apologized. Progressive, indeed.

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