RARA-AVIS: Re:The Killing

From: Jacques Debierue ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 16 May 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, JIM DOHERTY <jimdohertyjr@...> wrote:
> One of the things that's interesting to me about this
> movie is that Sterling Hayden, who'd already starred
> in the "other" best caper movie ever made, THE ASPHALT
> JUNGLE, was the lead. Yet his character in THE
> KILLING, a strategist and planner as well as a
> specialist in armed violence, is so different from the
> simple country-boy "hooligan" he played in JUNGLE.
> Hayden is always who my mind's eye casts as Parker
> when I read one of Richard Stark's novels, probably
> because of his starring roles in JUNGLE and KILLING.
> Much as Bogart came to emblematic of the hard-boiled
> PI after playing Spade in THE MALTESE FALCON and
> Marlowe in THE BIG SLEEP. Anyone else find that they
> do the same kind of mental casting when they read
> Stark? If not, who DO you mentally cast as Parker?

I confess that I can't put a face on the guy. If I had to pick an actor, I suppose I would go with Lee Marvin, who played him in Point Blank. Marvin had the right stance, the right moves, and he was ordinary-looking enough to not draw too much attention.



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