Originally Posted by hooked01
Ultimately, for me, as long as the actor embraces the role and the mythos and the crazy fan base, then I will accept him. Nothing irks me more than an actor who has been in an iconic movie or role, gives interviews after the fact that he wasn't really into it and doesn't get what the whole fuss is about and doesn't want to be associated with it anymore even though the role was a milestone in his career. Ecclestone has obviously taken this tact. But Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor expressed similar attitudes towards Star Wars. Guinness you can kind of give a pass to because no one knew SW was going to blow up like that and he was a well established actor (and old) when he appeared in SW. McGregor and Ecclestone knew what to expect going in.
I agree that Guinness had a point. Although he was generally regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, character actors of the 20th Century, his Star Wars
performances doomed him to be remembered best for having portrayed a two dimensional cartoon character. It really is sad. I also sympathize with McGregor who, thanks to George Lucas' ham fisted direction, was made to look talentless in his Star Wars
performances. On the other hand, nobody ever handled that kind of misuse better than the author, Tom Wolfe. Whenever Wolfe has been asked about the horrible mess of his terrific novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities
, the Brian De Palma film had made, Wolfe has smiled enigmatically and said, "I cashed the check."
Originally Posted by Jeffer65
I'm sure Cage would be great, but they would never pick an American actor, and they shouldn't. Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond from LOST) would be terrific. Classically trained, wide acting range. He's one that immediately comes to mind right now. Like Tenant, he is Scottish.
They need to make sure this one is different from Matt Smith. Maybe the Doctor will finally be ginger.
I agree that there is no chance Nick Cage would ever portray the Doctor but agree, he would be wonderful. No actor working does a better job of projecting charm and craziness than Cage.