The Casting Couch for Character Development

Jessica Alba as Max in Dark Angel

Who Do You Want To Act The Role Of Your Protagonist?

An effective way to increase the connection you have to your characters is to sit on the casting couch. There are thousands of talented actors who could be cast into the role of your protagonist. Who would be their ideal counter and play the role of your antagonist? You could even select your supporting cast and run the credits through your mind.

Jessica Alba is going to play the lead role when they turn my current work-in-progress into a movie. Well, in a perfect world she would. Of course I’m sure she’ll love the script. It’s not finished yet but it’s going to be fantastic and it’ll be exactly what she’d want to do next. I picture it; I visualize and see her eagerness and anticipation. She knows the role is right for her and she’s looking forward to spending months in this characters skin.

Who will star in the book-to-movie adaptation of your novel?

As our characters develop during the writing process they grow in our mind. They start off as simple sketches. Insubstantial figments that act on strange whimsy. As we flesh out these strange creatures we discover personality, history, motivation, and depth. In time they take on a life of their own. We hear their voices in our heads and they begin to push the story rather than being resistant followers to our commands.

Visualizing these stars acting out your book can help you delve into character and story. With an actor in mind scenes become almost movie-like in the mind’s eye. As I write a scene I see Jessica Alba as my protagonist. She becomes my character. She mirrors her spunk and fire. Her dark hair and eyes reflect the sense of disturbed darkness within my character. I see the scene unfold as if I were watching in high-definition and surround sound.

Could Paul Walker be my next book's leading man?I haven’t cast my leading man yet. I’m considering Paul Walker but keeping my options open until someone feels “just right”. I find my hero much more difficult not only to picture in my mind’s eye but to feel and know. He’s still fragmented. I can’t “get” him. Perhaps that is why I haven’t been able to cast him. If I could find the perfect actor to play his part would I find myself more connected and attached. Who is this man and if any actor could play his part who would I choose?

Who would you cast in the movie of your novel? Does having your star in mind influence your writing and your sense of connection to your characters?

Character: Live Another Life? [MEME]

Actress: Jessica AlbaIf you could be one character from a comic book, fiction series, or anime, who would you be, and why?

The novel I’m currently writing figures a strong female lead, Tori. She’s gritty, determined, and independant. That’s one of the reasons it’s so hard for her to learn to accept an inner darkness within her, and the help of her guardian angel.

When I watch the television series, Dark Angel, I feel a real tug to the main character, Max (Jessica Alba). Like Tori, she’s gritty, determined, and independant. She’s the kind of woman who can take care of herself and has learnt that it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there.

I’d love to have the kind of empowering confidence that Max (and Tori) have. They’ve got a core belief in themselves and their right to be the person they are. There are people in their lives they care about but it is on terms that maintain a freedom.

If you could be a character you’ve read about, or written about, who would you be and why? Do you find yourself writing characters you wish you were, or who echo yourself in some way?

What do you read or watch when you want to connect with a character? Have you ever considered which actor you would cast in the role of your protagonist were it made into a movie?

Related to this Meme: Location: Live Another Life? [MEME]