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11 May 2012 @ 12:48 pm
Casting Angels and Demons  
This author of this article listed some of her suggestions for who should play Aziraphale and Crowley should that TV series ever get made.

Below the cut I talk lots about her choices.


For Aziraphale

1. Mark Gatiss - Hooray! Someone else sees what I mean. He's still totally my first choice for this role.

2. Shaun Parkes - I've only seen Parkes in his episodes of Doctor Who and he strikes me as too cool an actor to be Aziraphale. But perhaps his other roles have proven otherwise?

3. Russell Tovey - I totally see what Asher-Perrin means by Tovey being able to do tears to comedy at the drop of a hat. And his wonderful blend of endearing qualities with his barely contained prissy attitude. If Tovey were about 10 years older, I'd totally be on board him playing Aziraphale. But as the author also pointed out, he's a bit young.

4. Peter Davison - if Gatiss turns down the role, he would be my second choice. In fact, the more I think about it, Davison and Gatiss are neck and neck. I think Davison would be more droll humor to the role while Gatiss would do better with Aziraphale's eccentricities.

5. Simon Pegg - man, these suggestions for Aziraphale are good. I can easily see Pegg play this role and play it like Tim and Nicholas Angel's love child, definitely.

For Crowley

1. Colin Morgan - right, so a huge part of me is allergic to this idea. Morgan looks the part and in a way, he'd probably do well if his Crowley was paired with Peter Davison's Aziraphale. And I do like the concept of Crowley looking way younger than his years because he'd be vain like that. But I haven't seen Morgan in too many other than Merlin so I have a hard time imaging him not running around trying to save royal asses and falling over half the time.

2. Damien Molony - strangely, I see him better suited for Aziraphale. Which isn't surprisingly since he spent most of his time on Being Human defending things like the lute and origami. The story of Hal is like Crowley's story in reverse in that he went from bad to trying a hand at good. I can see him perhaps playing Crowley but I imagine him playing a rather dour version.

3. Aidan Turner - so this is one suggestion I'd completely throw out. I really can't see Turner in this role whatsoever. Yes, he physically looks the part but something about his acting suggests to me that he wouldn't be able to do playful which is a large component of what makes Crowley so amusing.

4. Tobias Menzies - I last saw him on Rome and his dramatic acting is solid. I have no clue how he'd do with comedy so I can't weigh in on this one.

5. Benedict Cumberbatch - again, another actor I see better suited for Aziraphale. He does have Crowley's cheekbones, certainly. But I can't really picture what his Crowley would be like. I have a much easier time seeing him as Aziraphale who in my mind would be like a slightly amped up version of Martin Crieff.


Thoughts?
 
 
 
Liliaethliliaeth on May 11th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
Is it bad that I think James Marsters would make a really good Crowley? He could definitely tempt me into anything.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 12th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
He's definitely got the cheekbones and the snarkiness to be Crowley!
The Writer They Call Tay: Dresden: Harry confusedawanderingbard on May 11th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
It's been awhile since I read GO, aside from those occasions when I read it as my Emergency Purse Book when I'm stuck somewhere.

Mark is how I see Aziraphale when I read your stories. I don't think I've seen enough of the others to make a comment. Except for Simon Pegg, who I think is too sarcastic for Aziraphale. I think Cumberbatch would be flaily enough for the part. I've seen lot of fan castings of him.as Aziraphale and Tom Hiddleston as Crowley. I know Tom can do dark, but his cute little ehehehehehe laugh is so how I picture Aziraphale laughing.

I still maintain that no person could possibly be as cool as the Crowley I have in my head and none of those on the list really float my boat. I guess Cumberbatch is closest.
aelfgyfu_mead: Due Southaelfgyfu_mead on May 11th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
I still maintain that no person could possibly be as cool as the Crowley I have in my head
I'm having a bit of that problem myself. I still think maybe Paul Gross could pull it off as he did his character in Eastwick—but again, I don't know if he can do a convincing British accent. I'd love to see him try.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 12th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
I still think maybe Paul Gross could pull it off as he did his character in Eastwick—but again, I don't know if he can do a convincing British accent. I'd love to see him try.

I need to check out Eastwick because all I see is a Mountie whenever I think of Paul Gross.
aelfgyfu_mead: Due Southaelfgyfu_mead on May 12th, 2012 11:08 am (UTC)
Eastwick wasn't that good a show, unfortunately.

I also had the pleasure of seeing PG play the title role in Hamlet in the Stratford (ONT) Shakespeare Festival. He was wonderful.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 12th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
I still maintain that no person could possibly be as cool as the Crowley I have in my head and none of those on the list really float my boat. I guess Cumberbatch is closest.

I have to agree. I have a much harder time deciding on who should play Crowley.

...Tom Hiddleston as Crowley. I know Tom can do dark, but his cute little ehehehehehe laugh is so how I picture Aziraphale laughing.

I had a thought that he could be Crowley while watching the Avengers. Strangely enough, I feel like he's too tall to play Crowley because I oddly see my version as being a bit shorter than Aziraphale.
The Writer They Call Tay: DH: Random Happenstanceawanderingbard on May 12th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
That was totally my Cumberbatch issue, I was thinking 'he's too tall to be Crowley', but then I really had no proof for why I felt that way. I see Crowley as fairly short for some reason.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 12th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
I had this discussion with guardian_chaos who'd always viewed Crowley as being taller than Aziraphale due to general vanity prompting him to always making himself taller.

But I think I might view Crowley as shorter because when you first read about him in the book he was a snake and thus as vertically challenged as you can get. But that's just my brain perhaps?
The Writer They Call Tay: MISC: DOB bad ninjaawanderingbard on May 12th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
For me I think I see Crowley standing and walking with a swagger that would force his shoulders to slump a little.Whereas I picture Aziraphale as having perfect posture because he's an angel of the Lord as has to represent. And Crowley's like ' I do want I want'. But because of the snake thing, I picture him as skulking around too. So again, generally sort of hunched.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 12th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Interesting! I also imagined Crowley with somewhat bad posture. He's constantly sprawled out on a chair in my mind rather than sitting primly the way I constantly imagine Aziraphale despite the fact that when it comes to wardrobe it's the exact opposite.
X-parrotxparrot on May 11th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
I actually really like the idea of Colin Morgan as Crowley, if he can pull it off - I'm not sure how broad his range is now (haven't seen him in much of anything but Merlin), but he's quite talented for his age and getting more so, and he's got the look. He might fail but I'd be curious to see him try. The age is the one sticking point; while it's in keeping with Crowley's pride (and my Crowley does look rather younger than Aziraphale), he might not have the right chemistry with an older Aziraphale?

Peter Davison has the perfect look for Aziraphale (though I admit I love the raceswap!) but yes, I could totally see Benedict Cumberbatch pulling it off (and can't see him as Crowley, but I think I may just be unable to picture Crowley as any actor with curly hair? ^^;)