Casting the live action Naruto movie…
NARUTO: THE LIVE ACTION MOVIE CASTING
I gave Emily Browning the nod for the role of Hinata because of her ability to look cute and innocent, yet still be attractive at some level. This is the look anyone playing Hinata is going to have to be able to pull off in order for the character to be believable. We also needed someone we feel sympathetic for… one look from those big eyes and pouty lips and you get the Hinata effect in live action form that we are looking for ^_^
Kakashi x 3
I know you winced when you saw that pic, but hear me out first. As with the other actors I was looking for certain traits. For Kakashi, I was looking for early 30’s actor with zero range and a deadpan voice delivery, had to be in decent shape, but not huge or even ripped… calm face, calming voice… Most people who have those traits don’t work in Hollywood. If someone said I want to be an actor but I have no range and a monotonous voice, we would tell them don’t bother, you’ll fail…but Keanu Reeves (strangely enough) didn’t. Combine that with an ability to generate interest in a movie based off of name alone and that’s enough to give Neo the Ne-odd.
If you need a little more personality than Reeves can offer the Kakashi character, then how about Depp? He’s got the chops to make Kakashi interesting and a little quirky. I think he could make the scenes where he’s reading Jiraiya’s books pretty funny, and he can be serious when he wants to be… Reeves is looking horrible right now in comparison, depends on what kind of Kakashi you want…
What if you could have both? A good actor and an action hero… Donnie Yen of the greatest movie ever made, Ip Man , and the the solid action movie Flash Point, is huge in China. He would play a great Kakashi! Acting wise he’s no Depp, but do you really have to be able to play the copy ninja?
Ahhhh… Kristina Hendricks from Mad Men was almost too easy to cast as Tsunade. When looking for a Tsunade, we needed someone that would drive Jiraiya nuts in the looks department, be naturally super top heavy, and an ability to act. Kristina Hendricks meets all these criteria in spades. Unlike Hinata, part of Tsunade’s character is her massively disproportionate breasts. Some plastic like Pam Anderson would have been horrid for the role, not only because she’s obviously fake and borderline disgusting looking at this point, but she also looks old and can’t act. Remember, Tsunade actually looks a lot younger than she is because of her “special” techniques, so I couldn’t go any older than Kristina; too much younger and she would have stuck out too much. Color her hair blonde and throw her in front of Jiraiya, the camera and her curves will do the rest.
Goofy smile, check. Likable personality, check. Hero type, check. Can act zaney one second and angry the next or both at the same time, check. Paul Walker may not be the greatest actor or even a good actor… hell, he’s pretty bad actually, BUT we are doing an action movie here and he fits the bill perfectly for Minato. He needs to be the action hero in some of the flashbacks, and have the ability to flash a goofy likable smile on cue for other flashbacks. He also fits the age range we are looking for in his late 30’s. Remember he died fairly young, so the actor cannot be too old for the flashbacks. It will be a bit strange considering Naruto won’t look much younger, but that’s the way it works out. Do we now have Konoha’s Yellow Flash?
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the name Sasuke? No, not that… the other word. Angsty ^_^ Jared Leto has that dark brooding look and angst coming out his Arse. He’s a great actor and plays the role of troubled youth perfectly. Plus, the ladies love this guy and we need to pick someone that Sakura will swoon for.
Leto too angsty, not fem enough and too good of an actor for ya? Well, a second option could be Zac Effron, who has Sasuke’s fem look down. I imagine he could do angsty, and he’s got the girls’ vote, I’m sure. He’s kind of the anti Leto as far as movies go… Leto did Requiem for a Dream and Effron did Hairspray, so you can see the acting ability is a bit of a gap, but who knows, perhaps this is who the ladies want to play their Sasuke-chan…. errrm kun ^_^
I wanted to pick someone attractive for Sakura, because even though some people dump on her, I actually like her character. Yes, she can be annoying when she just stares at Sasuke while she could be doing something useful… like fighting. Anyway, I think Maggie Grace from Taken would play a good Sakura. She can play the role of victim (Taken) or the bitch (Lost).
Maggie Grace too pretty for ya, or do you want a decent actor for Sakura’s role? Well, Ellen Page of Juno should fit ur bill. She’s a great actress who plays vulnerable well without being weak, and can play strong and angry any day of the week. She also has that Sakura look about her.
I want to say that Naruto is nearly impossible to cast… We can’t focus on Naruto’s goofiness when casting him, otherwise the movie is going to turn out lame as hell. We need someone who can play an action hero and also laugh. Channing Tatum from Fighting fits the action hero role nicely. He also looks like and has the stature of someone that Sasuke would need Sharingan to defeat. I have to be honest, this one is so difficult to cast… This was the best I could come up with… what do you think?
There is one thing that Hollywood is full of, and that is the lovable womanizer. That pretty much sums up Jiraiya in a nutshell, and Nathan Fillion fits the part perfectly. Throw some gray hair on him and we have the perfect Jiraiya. He can play the hero or the goof, serious or funny, all of that was already in his character from Fire Fly.
Everything that can be said about Fillion can be said about Matthew Mcconaughey, it just depends if you like your Jiraiya heavy or light on the douche baggery. McConaughey adds a bit of Frat boy into the formula…