Translating a franchise from one medium to another is a delicate and sacred entertainment trust, especially when beloved characters are being transformed from animation to live action. Finding the right actor or actress to play a character that has been rendered by a number of different artists is usually more about preference than anything else, but there has to be a bare minimum of physical characteristics met. As long as the filmmakers match up the general height and gender, put them in the right outfit everyone behind the scenes seems happy enough and the cameras roll. There are, however, some characters that seem designed - and indeed fated - to be played by a particular actor: whether it's because of their physicality, or their general on-screen demeanour. For example, Danny DeVito's very existence is enough reason to make a live action Jetsons movie... Sadly, this will never happen, mostly because there are very few people who want to see a Jetsons movie after the Flintstones and Scooby Doo live action fiascos. For whatever reason, there seems to be a culture of ignorance in Hollywood, whereby actors who should immediately leap to the top of the list of casting candidates are almost wilfully overlooked, despite fan clamour and apparent logic. The reasoning is difficult to even fathom, given that some of the fan suggestions would be vast improvements on some of Hollywood's most notoriously idiotic casting decisions. And while some leftfield decisions have given rise to immediately iconic performances like Heath Ledger as The Joker, those success stories tend to be few and far between. It seems for reasons unknown, Hollywood is simply ignoring perfectly obvious casting choices like DeVito and someone has to step in and show them the error of their ways.
Brandon grew from the awkwardness of his youth into the awkwardness of his adulthood. He is the author of the Eat Your Serial Press title "Ten Years Gone: Pomp and Circumstance" and is a contributor on Maglomaniac, Polite on Society, and What Culture.