MTV (US), October 13, 2008
Comic Writer Christopher Golden Assesses The 'Talent' Pool
by Jennifer Vineyard
Who in Hollywood has enough talent to be in “Talent”?
According the comic book mini-series’ co-author Christopher Golden, you wouldn’t want someone too beautiful to play the lead part of Nicholas Dane, who absorbs the talents of everyone who dies in a plane crash for which he is the sole survivor. “The thing about ‘Talent’ is, the actor should be an everyman,” Golden said. “And the guy could even be a girl, and it would require no change to the story.”
That means no Christian Bale (“too damn perfect”) and no Megan Fox (“although I’d be happy to be there for the audition”), once casting starts for the Universal picture.
Both those stars are great for box office – and both already have shown an aptitude for genre movies – but Golden thinks you need someone who’s not bad looking, but not unrealistically so. “For me, I like Guy Pearce,” Golden said. “That would be great. Edward Norton. Shia La Beouf would be amazing. I actually think Keanu Reeves would be good. He’s just a guy, even though in the ‘Matrix’ movies he becomes Superman.”
If the lead role becomes a female part, Golden thinks Rachel McAdams would be believable. “She’s beautiful, but she looks like somebody you could know, who might work in your office,” he said. “And she’s so underused lately. She’s meant for bigger things.”
Angelina Jolie and Will Smith are probably the biggest names who could manage the part, Golden said, because you need Nicholas Dane – or perhaps Nicki Dane – to be able to shift abilities, characters, with nothing more than their face to signify another talent has taken over.
“In my mind, it would have to be someone who isn’t as spectacular as Angelina Jolie,” Golden said, “although Angelina can look unspectacular when she wants to . It’s hard to forget you’re looking at Will Smith. But he can do it. He did it in ‘Pursuit of Happyness.’ And that’s a compliment to him.”