Hi! So, I was reading through the blog ideas website, and I saw one that sounded super fun. It said to make my dream cast for one of my stories. I never include that many characters so I will be doing 2 of my stories. The first one is Woman if you guys remember it from our workshop. The second story is called A Piano and a Sledgehammer. This story will be work shopped in class Friday! I wanted to include that story so maybe you guys could picture the characters better.
Characters: Mom, Mariah, and Ami
We all know Elizabeth Gillies from Victorious as Jade. Her role in that show is what made me think she would play Mariah very well. Mariah is quite blunt, ambitious, and independent and I feel Elizabeth could embody that very well. Elizabeth also is very physically like Mariah with the brown hair and soft features.
I chose Bailee to play Ami for mostly her physical features. Ami is not a very formed character with much personality besides emotion, so any actor with experience could play her honestly. Bailee just has the perfect facial structure with puffy cheeks and an all-around innocent look. Because Ami is a very innocent minded character. I wanted an actor that had a younger innocent look because Ami is only 16 but Bailee does that perfectly because she still looks grown.
I chose Kathy bates for the mother because I have seen what Kathy can do. She is an outstanding actor and the roles ive seen her play have been hard to play personalities. I feel like she could really embody the mean, sexist way of the mother. The only downside I have for Kathy in this role is her physical look. She doesn’t match very well and I picture the mom being in her 40’s.
A Piano and a Sledgehammer
Characters: Felix, his mother, and the female street performer
In my story Felix is fully Italian and Michele is an Italian actor with almost the exact appearance of Felix. In the photo I provide of Michele that is exactly how I imagined Felix besides the hair. Felix has almost shoulder length hair in the story, but actors can achieve a physical change for roles and something like hair length is no issue. I have only seen the 365 days movies with Michele so I am not sure how his acting would be playing such a troubled, serious role like Felix.
Gina is also perfectly how I vision Felix’s mother. She has the perfect physical attributes and I picture his mother as quite older. In the story she has Felix at a late age. He is 19 in the story, but I would like to say the mother is in her early 50’s.
Her role is very very small, but she was still a person mentioned in the story, so I wanted to include her because she played a very important role in Felix’s early life. I pictured the pianist on the street as a ginger from the beginning. I’m honestly not sure why but when I thought of her character that is how she came into my head. Now, her character isn’t formed at all she has no personality in the story, so I based her casting solely on looks.