Rounding out our fan-casting efforts for a live-action version of the Powers comic series (and, imho, doing a better job than those producing the actual show), this week we look at a couple cops and a “power”ed villain.
Captain Cross is Detectives Walker and Pilgrim’s harried superior. He likes them and is generally supportive, but he does have to put up with their idiosyncrasies and occasional lapses in judgment. Physically, he is drawn as average height, stocky build (maybe with a bit of a gut), and balding. Age-wise, I would guess he is at least in his 40s, probably 50s. I’m willing to slide a bit on some of it, but casting the tall & lanky Adam Godley (with full head of hair) is waaaaaay off. Sure, there’s nothing crucial to the character that demands he be average height, stocky, or balding, I suppose. Still, couldn’t they have made more of an effort to stick to the original conceptualization?
Brian Markinson (?,b.?) has a huge genre-related resume — e.g., “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Star Trek: Voyager”, “Millennium”, “The X-Files”, “Stargate SG-1”, “Dark Angel”, “Caprica”, “Arrow”, Godzilla, “Continuum” (currently), etc. He often plays police chiefs, inspectors, federal agents, etc., so we know he’s very familiar with this type of role. Markinson has apparently erased all internet-based records of his height and birthday, but I am guessing he is around 5’9″ (maybe shorter) and roughly 50 or so years old. So, while not sporting a “gut”, he fits all our other desired parameters.
Another familiar face (and bald head) is Dean Norris (5’7″,b.1963), who can currently be seen in “Under the Dome”. As a very busy character actor for many years, Norris might also be remembered for parts in Total Recall, Gremlins 2, Terminator 2, “The X-Files”, Starship Troopers, “24”, “Lost”, “Medium”, etc. He’s slightly below average height, but he’s stocky — sometimes with a bit of a gut — and in his early 50s. I think he would make a fine Captain Cross.
Once in awhile, I have to go against my usual rules. Not only is Charles S. Dutton (5’10.5″,b.1951) Black (unlike Cross in the comics), he is also in his early 60s. But, since this is a supporting character, I’m a little more willing to be flexible on factors that aren’t integral to the character. Dutton is a talented actor whose 30-year body of work includes many genre productions (e.g., Alien³, Mimic, Black Dog, Gothika, “Threshold”, “American Horror Story”, “Zero Hour”, “The Following”, “Longmire”, etc. Plus, I like him a lot and think he’d make a great choice for the beleaguered Captain. (It seems I’m not the only one to suggest him, either.)
Det. Kutter is a rude, annoying pain-in-the-butt who gets in the way and is known for “constantly saying inappropriate things.” But, he’s a good cop. He is fairly slim, dark-haired, with a soul patch, white or possibly of Latin extraction, and roughly in his early- to mid-30s. Not sure how tall he is, but probably under 6′. After much searching, I came up with these three gentlemen:
When I hear Nick Stahl‘s (5’10”,b.1979) name, I automatically think of his playing John Connor in Terminator 3. But, of course, he has also starred or appeared in Disturbing Behavior, The Thin Red Line, “Carnivàle”, Sin City, Dead Awake, The Speed of Thought, and “Body of Proof”. Stahl is a talented (if somewhat erratic) actor who would have no problem pulling off the role of Det. Kutter.
Everybody who grew up in the 1980s/90s remembers Joseph Lawrence (5’8″,b.1976) from “Gimme a Break!”, “Blossom”, and maybe “Brotherly Love”. He currently stars in “Melissa & Joey”, but he has appeared in or done voice work for a variety of things, including genre fare like Urban Legends: Final Cut, “The Zeta Project”, Pandora’s Box, and Android Apocalypse. Lawrence is generally known for playing nice or funny guys, but sometimes he plays more serious and/or not-so-nice guys. I think he’d do a fine job as jerk cop Kutter.
I don’t know much about Richard Kahan (?,b.1980), including how tall he is, but I don’t care. He’s perfect. Kahan has appeared in “Da Vinci’s Inquest”, “Stargate: Atlantis”, “Smallville”, “The 4400”, “Eureka”, and others. But, seriously, look at that face! Give him a soul patch, sport coat and tie, and he is… Kutter! (Can you tell he’s my favorite?)
The character of Johnny Royalle is sort of a stereotypical mob boss in some ways, but in other ways he is a sneaky supervillain. Smart and manipulative, he is a snazzy dresser who is rarely seen without a cigarette. The comic portrays him as slim-to-average build, with straight, somewhat longish & unkempt hair. (Not sure if he’s supposed to be Italian/Sicilian.) I’d say he is average height up to maybe a bit over 6′; possibly in his 30s, but more likely 40-something. PlayStation cast Noah Taylor (Locke from “Game of Thrones”) as Royalle. He’s 5’8″, slim, and in his mid-40s. Not a bad choice, actually. Here are three more….
The talented Jason Clarke (6’1″,b.1969) is known to genre fans for his work in “Farscape”, Death Race, “Brotherhood”, “The Chicago Code”, Zero Dark Thirty, White House Down, and most recently, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. (He will be portraying John Connor in the new Terminator: Genisys in 2015, too.) He can play very intense characters, and I can just imagine him (with longer hair) as the ominous Johnny Royalle.
The first thing I took notice of Henry Ian Cusick (5’10.5″,b.1967) in was “Lost”; and, of course, now he is in the show “The 100”. But, Cusick has also appeared in “Adventure Inc.”, “Waking the Dead”, “24”, Hitman, and “Fringe”. Good guy or bad guy, noble or dangerous, confident or insecure — he does it all. I have no problem suggesting Cusick as candidate for the role of superpowered mob boss, Johnny Royalle.
Michael Imperioli (5’8″,b.1966), you probably remember, played mob soldier Christopher Moltisanti on “The Sopranos”, though he also had a small role in Goodfellas. Also on his resume are Clockers, Last Man Standing, Summer of Sam, “Law & Order”, “Life on Mars”, “Detroit 1-8-7”, and “Californication”. Nothing firmly in the sci-fi/fantasy arena. But, the Royalle character is primarily a mafioso, who just happens to have a superpower that is helpful in his line of work. I don’t think Imperioli would have any problem pulling that off with aplomb.
Of course, I realize that there are a lot more things than age, height, and general build to get the right actor for any role. But, it’s a good place to start. In the case of the primary characters for PlayStation’s upcoming “Powers” series, it’s like they weren’t even trying to be faithful to the primary source — at least, for visual appearances. Still, if & when I get a chance to check it out, I will, and I’ll do my best to give it a fair shake.
P.S. Contrary to what I said in Part 2, it appears that they do have a “Triphammer” cast. The actor is Andrew Sensenig, and he might look sufficiently like the comic version, if they give him the hair and mustache.