Today I came across an article on E! Online with the headline “Bridesmaids Star ‘Campaigning’ for Catching Fire Role”. I said “Oh my God” out loud without seeing who it was even referring to; I can’t think of a single person in that movie I wouldn’t love to see in Panem. Then I realized it was Ben Falcone, aka Air Marshall Jon, aka Melissa McCarthy’s husband.
From the article:
“I knew [Elizabeth Banks] had done this movie and then someone showed me a picture of her and it was so cool!” Falcone remembers. “I was like, I wanna be one of those.
“So I’ve been openly campaigning to be in it,” he continued. “I want to be one of those Capitol dwellers. I want my hair to be 8 feet tall and have purple skin.”
– Pause while I laugh at that image –
He’s great in the handful of TV show guest spots he’s had that I’ve seen him in, and the scene after the credits in Bridesmaids that he’s in is, well, memorable. Throw in the fact that I’ve loved Melissa McCarthy since the first season of Gilmore Girls – so by extension I love him – and it’s no surprise that I love the idea of giving him a role in Catching Fire.
Who could he play? you might ask.
But in all honesty, Ben Falcone has just become my new favorite fancast for none other than District 3 victor Beetee! We’re good at fancasting over here at Victor’s Village (we’ve even fancast Beetee already… twice), but this has never occurred to me until now. Now that it has, I’m so on the bandwagon! Just put a pair of glasses on him, and he’d look perfect! Aside from matching Beetee’s description quite well (pale skin, dark hair, short stature, etc.), his voice can give off the slightly timid demeanor that Beetee seems to have in the books. Beetee might not be a particularly comedic role, but he doesn’t have to play a comedic role. And we’re not even sure what direction they could take Beetee’s character in the movies.
Fancasting aside, it’s nice to see other actors applauding The Hunger Games for its costuming and wanting to be a part of the franchise because of it.
But I have to say: Ben Falcone, we’d love to have you on board!
Beetee’s not an air marshall *wink*