It’s been awhile since I’ve ventured down this road, but it’s a familiar one– and right now familiar is good as far as I am concerned. Fantasy casting, we can’t be tired of it yet, because for so many of us it’s one of the things that’s kept our minds engaged when absolutely nothing was going on production wise, yep even going back as far as to 2010. Remember 2010?
There are two major roles to be cast for Mockingjay Part I and II, Boggs and President Alma Coin. I’ve written more than one article concerning the casting of Boggs, but both of them were published before The Hunger Games was released in theatres, thus changing its over all status amongst layman– oh, and then a person like Philip Seymour Hoffman took a justifiably minute role in Catching Fire, and basically changed the casting expectations for all time where it comes to this franchise. So, combining the success the franchise has already attained critically and monetarily, along with bagging Oscar and Emmy (not confirmed, I know!) winning writers to pen screenplays, and the whole Hoffman coup– I think roles like Boggs and Coin just might go to much less conspicuous artists than I hypothesised on previously.
Boggs is a great role, can we just agree on that? He has probably some of the most funny, and intense scenes to take on in Mockingjay, and now that the novel is officially being split in two, it’s safe to assume that characters like his will be fleshed out even more than Suzanne Collins wrote them out originally. Well, at least that’s what we hope will happen. I still hope that the ideas I had previously will at least be considered, because none of them are untalented by any means– they’re just not as recognizable as they may be shooting for now. Which brings me to my ideal Boggs, the Boggs I’ve had in my mind for an extended period of time, but never thought they’d be able to bag someone as successful or as known as him, but things have changed. His name is Jeremy Renner, and he’s kind of perfect for this role in my head. Renner has two Oscar nominations to his name, and numerous other award nominations and wins as well. He’s somewhat new to fame, but he’s been in the acting business since the mid ’90s. The first time I personally saw him in anything was a singular episode of what was then The WB’s Angel (The Buffy The Vampire Slayer spin-off), and after that he popped up in independent films like Neo Ned, Twelve and Holding, as well as Dahmer, which I still can’t get myself to watch, because after reading about Jeffrey Dahmer in one of my college Sociology courses, I started crying, and had nightmares. In 2009 he shot to fame with Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, and at the 2010 Oscars he was nominated for Best Actor, and Bigelow beat our the ego-maniac, as well as her ex-husband James Cameron for Best Director, and Best Picture. The next year Renner was nominated again at the Oscars for Best Supporting Actor in Ben Affleck’s sophomore picture, The Town, and now everyone seemingly knows who the hell he is! And this my dears is one of the reasons why I think he could maybe, hopefully, pretty please, be considered for the role of Boggs.
He’s known, he’s talented, and I for one have gone to see films he’s in just because he’s in them. Not only is he more than capable of a role like Boggs, as evidenced by the career military as well as law enforcement roles he’s already taken on in film and television, like S.W.A.T, 28 Weeks Later, The Avengers, The Hurt Locker, The Unusuals, The Bourne Legacy, and Mission Impossible. He also fits the description, Renner’s 42 years-old, Boggs is described to be in his 40s by our dear protagonist Katniss Everdeen, he’s also supposed to be in pique physical condition, which is something Renner hasn’t seemingly slouched on in years, because he’s always taking extremely physical roles (See Hurt Locker, Mission Impossible, and Bourne Legacy), oh and there’s the whole blue eyes thing. Boggs is supposed to have close-cropped grey hair, but what the hell– blond is close to grey, and that’s all I need, especially if this isn’t just a pipe dream, which face it– it is. Which brings us to reality, Renner’s really, really, really busy, in fact tonight (Saturday the 17th, 2012), he’s hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time.
So, if you’re not a Renner fan yet, I’m sure he’ll prove himself a worthy comedian tonight, and if that doesn’t tickle your fancy– he can sing.
Them There Eyes