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  • You're the Producer...

    you're handed a script with a lead role with a hot 'rebel without a cause' style High School kid.

    Who do you cast? Is there a male 18-25 that can open a medium budget thriller?

    And how about the love interest?

    I'm guessing there's some Twilight or Hunger Gamer? But don't know those worlds/actors very well.

    (subtext -- I'm worried I may have written a script that is very difficult to cast)

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    Re: You're the Producer...

    Originally posted by WriterManJimbo View Post
    you're handed a script with a lead role with a hot 'rebel without a cause' style High School kid.

    Who do you cast? Is there a male 18-25 that can open a medium budget thriller?

    And how about the love interest?

    I'm guessing there's some Twilight or Hunger Gamer? But don't know those worlds/actors very well.

    (subtext -- I'm worried I may have written a script that is very difficult to cast)
    If I'm a producer? I delegate. I hire a great casting director and let them do their job. Find great choices for the roles. As a writer, you can't worry about it. Write the best script you can. If it's a GREAT script, actors will line up to do it.

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    • #3
      Re: You're the Producer...

      Originally posted by EdFury View Post
      If I'm a producer? I delegate. I hire a great casting director and let them do their job. Find great choices for the roles. As a writer, you can't worry about it. Write the best script you can. If it's a GREAT script, actors will line up to do it.
      Truth be told...it's too late. Script is written. But what I'm trying to do is prepare myself for the question I am often asked -- 'who do you see starring in it?'

      Johnny Depp in 1989 probably isn't a good answer!

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      • #4
        Re: You're the Producer...

        WriterMan: As stated before me, you'd hire a professional casting director. Producers do not cast. They collaborate. But a smart producer or director will listen to their casting director. Watch the free documentary currently on HBO about the two legendary masters, Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster. You'll be amazed... and learn a lot.

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        • #5
          Re: You're the Producer...

          Originally posted by jtwg50 View Post
          WriterMan: As stated before me, you'd hire a professional casting director. Producers do not cast. They collaborate. But a smart producer or director will listen to their casting director. Watch the free documentary currently on HBO about the two legendary masters, Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster. You'll be amazed... and learn a lot.

          Sorry, I might have been too cute with my question. I wasn't asking 'how do movies get cast'...I was asking -- who are the hottest 18-25 year old males? Are there any that can play a high schooler that can open a movie?

          I guess Taylor Lautner did it for Abduction. Who else is out there?

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          • #6
            Re: You're the Producer...

            Look, this is a question that people ask writers all the time. So while the CD will do the job once she comes on, I think you're right to have an answer in hand. The CD will probably be the first one to ask it. But without reading the script, it's hard to say who's right for the part. My first thought would be someone like Liam Hemsworth. But I'm not sure there's someone in that age range who can open a movie right now. HOWEVER, that could change in six months.

            You should take a look at the upcoming movies geared at the under 25 female audience and see who those leads are, because, IMO, they will be driving that market and when they get behind a guy, he's golden. I would also look at television, a good breakout ground for young actors (Aaron Paul's too old, but someone like that (and you can say stuff like that) and any one who's gotten a lot of buzz in the indie circuit lately. The trick is finding someone who appeals to both young men and young women. And you should have some knowledge of their work. Like, you may have to watch Twilight or films of that ilk, along with the other stuff (preferably in the company of the intended audience so you can try to figure out what it is they like.)

            The odds of you actually getting the actor you mention in this round are very slim. They just want a peg to hang their hat on. (And I would also mention a veteran actor for the older, but supporting part that is no doubt in there, so when they say so-and-so can't open a picture, you can say yes, but Aging Superstar is there, so so-and-so won't be carrying the weight all by himself.) They really only expect you to have a thoughtful conversation about it. But you should do a little research and come prepared. Have a least one obvious choice and one not-so-obvious.

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            • #7
              Re: You're the Producer...

              Liam Hemsworth, Robert Pattinson.

              A good way to find a list of names is to look on IMDB and filter by Starmeter.
              Chicks Who Script podcast

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              • #8
                Re: You're the Producer...

                Miles Teller.

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                • #9
                  Re: You're the Producer...

                  Max Irons, Matt Lanter, Jake Abel.
                  Quack.

                  Writer on a cable drama.

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                  • #10
                    Re: You're the Producer...

                    Originally posted by carcar View Post
                    Look, this is a question that people ask writers all the time.
                    When I get asked that, I say... "It's not my job to cast. I don't write characters with actors in mind. I try to write a great story and hope that the best actors will be drawn to it."

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                    • #11
                      Re: You're the Producer...

                      If your character takes his shirt off, the answer is Taylor Lautner.

                      If your character does not take his shirt off, the answer is write in a shirtless scene, and then Taylor Lautner.
                      "You have idea 1, you're excited. It flops. You have idea 99, you're excited. It flops.
                      Only a fool is excited by the 100th idea. Fools keep trying. God rewards fools." --Martin Hellman, paraphrased

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                      • #12
                        Re: You're the Producer...

                        Originally posted by WaitForIt View Post
                        If your character takes his shirt off, the answer is Taylor Lautner.

                        If your character does not take his shirt off, the answer is write in a shirtless scene, and then Taylor Lautner.
                        If your character requires acting ability and range, the answer is not Taylor Lautner.

                        I talked to a producer a couple months ago about an action script and his answer went like this, "I love it. It's fresh. It has an original take. It sounds interesting. The problem is that we just did an action movie called "Abduction". After that one my boss declared we will never do another action movie ever again." He then hemmed and hawed for about five minutes, arguing with himself while my writing partner and I sat there watching in utter fascination. He finally finished with, "No, she would kill me,"

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                        • #13
                          Re: You're the Producer...

                          Originally posted by dave22 View Post
                          If your character requires acting ability and range, the answer is not Taylor Lautner.

                          I talked to a producer a couple months ago about an action script and his answer went like this, "I love it. It's fresh. It has an original take. It sounds interesting. The problem is that we just did an action movie called "Abduction". After that one my boss declared we will never do another action movie ever again." He then hemmed and hawed for about five minutes, arguing with himself while my writing partner and I sat there watching in utter fascination. He finally finished with, "No, she would kill me,"
                          I've seen worse [pecs].

                          Two words: Magic Mike.

                          edit -- I didn't turn my brain on long enough to remember who the OP's audience is. Probably not the Magic Mike crowd. Unless Taylor Lautner is shirtless. Just pointing out how acting ability doesn't always correlate with revenues when there is manflesh to be ogled.
                          "You have idea 1, you're excited. It flops. You have idea 99, you're excited. It flops.
                          Only a fool is excited by the 100th idea. Fools keep trying. God rewards fools." --Martin Hellman, paraphrased

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                          • #14
                            Re: You're the Producer...

                            It seems the thinking on casting has started to change, a la Mazin's concept of 'writer plus.' Better to be useful

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                            • #15
                              Re: You're the Producer...

                              When you are asked that question, here's the answer...

                              "The best thing about this script is that it can be done for a moderate budget or a low budget, so you can spend to cast a young star or you can cast an hot upcoming actor for SAG scale that you really believe in. Either way, the film is commercial and as a young person I can vouch that today's youth love discovering new talent."

                              And yes, I'm the producer.

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