--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Patrick Kennedy <pbjk2004@...> wrote:
> I think Robert Urich was hopelessly miscast as Spenser: altogether too smooth
> around the edges, blow dryed and smarmy, even for such a Marlowe-Lite
> character. Selleck would actually have been a better choice and is actually
> better as Jesse Stone on television than Stone is in the novels, probably
> because we cannot hear what he is thinking as precisely as Parker lets us know
> in the books and therefore we can ascribe a greater reality and depth to him
> than might actually be present.
> I think, though, that the casting people, particularly in television, can only
> work with what is available to them and what their budgets can buy, so, say,
> DeNiro or Russell Crowe as Spenser or whatever was never likely to happen even
> if anyone had thought of it, which they probably shouldn't have, but you get my
> meaning anyway, I hope.
One missed opportunity was not casting the great Harry Dean Stanton as one of the classic PIs. I suspect that in his forties he would have been a great Op. He is alert but somewhat inscrutable, perfect temperament for Hammett. What do you say about an industry that so underutilizes one of its absolute best actors?
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