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homebody

Registered: 03/04/10
Posts: 5
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In my humble opinion, Harry Bosch movies should never be made because Harry is so well defined it would be next to impossible to believe any well-known actor in the role.  To cast a "star" is a mistake.  I can't believe in Bruce Willis as Harry because Bruce is not a good enough actor and he can't seem to get rid of the perpetual smirk on his face.  Tom Selleck is too good looking and I would forever see him as Tom Selleck.  Hugh Laurie has the acting chops but it's like having House pretend he now solves crime.  Chris Noth's physical appearance is not right.  Harry was a tunnel rat because of his size and he seems to have maintained that lean body.

In actuality, when I read Harry Bosch novels, in my mind I see a Robert Forster type, maybe even James Remar.  Unless you find someone who looks similar to those two, it wouldn't work.
JB1

Registered: 02/17/10
Posts: 54
Reply with quote  #2 

In my mind I see Harry in the books as someone who I have known and have a very good vision of how he looks, acts, personality etc. If I were to see Harry in a movie as someone else, It just would not be the same. I want to keep Harry in my mind. Nobody can replace Harry.

Tann

Registered: 07/25/09
Posts: 27
Reply with quote  #3 

I agree JB1.  I have my own Harry stored in my imagination and I like it that way.  I've thought long and hard about it and can't come up with a single working actor that could fill his shoes. 

truthsayor

Registered: 03/24/10
Posts: 3
Reply with quote  #4 

I think it would have to be a completely unknown actor, should be someone young so they can begin with an early Bosch book and then as the character progresses and matures so can the actor.

CadillacCounselor

Registered: 05/07/10
Posts: 10
Reply with quote  #5 
I recall getting the impression here about a year ago there may be more than one reason a Harry Bosch movie would be hard to make.  one is casting, the subject of this thread.  But another reason has to do with Harry's unque character. 

For this reason, I'm thinking maybe making a Harry movie isn't the right angle.  Afte reading The Scarecrow, I think a Jack McEvoy movie might be easier to cast & write. 
homebody

Registered: 03/04/10
Posts: 5
Reply with quote  #6 

Woe to the director who takes this series on.

jeanys

Registered: 12/04/09
Posts: 14
Reply with quote  #7 
Quote:
Originally Posted by JB1

In my mind I see Harry in the books as someone who I have known and have a very good vision of how he looks, acts, personality etc. If I were to see Harry in a movie as someone else, It just would not be the same. I want to keep Harry in my mind. Nobody can replace Harry.

  i so agree..we all have our image of harry....
ScottLee

Registered: 01/05/10
Posts: 13
Reply with quote  #8 
Very Much Agree.

Someone mentioned Ed Harris, and I guess I'm in denial but I never imagined Harry with that 'old' of an appearance.


CadillacCounselor

Registered: 05/07/10
Posts: 10
Reply with quote  #9 

Agree Ed Harris is not close to the look. I do think he might be able to get the personality & attitude down.  He plays detective roles easily.  ("Absolute Power" (1997), "Gone, Baby, Gone" (2007))  Bosch would of course be different.

A dilemma I have with Bosch's look is he was a tunnel rat in Vietnam. I know one IRL.  He's not small but neither is he big.  He is wiry.  OTOH, I've always imagine Boasch as being somewhat tall, around 5'11 or 6'.  Not sure if that fits the tunnel rat model.

I have also always imagnied Harry with a mustache. Something like this:



CadillacCounselor

Registered: 05/07/10
Posts: 10
Reply with quote  #10 
just thiought of something.  what about Selleck?


cah

Registered: 06/13/10
Posts: 35
Reply with quote  #11 

Quote:
Originally Posted by homebody
  Hugh Laurie has the acting chops but it's like having House pretend he now solves crime. 

Almost a pity he is so well known in that role, but he is such a superb actor he'd probably pull it off - ever seen him in Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster? 

If they did ever get made I think I'd want them kept as period pieces, some of the stories are so embedded in their time they'd lose so much if brought into the 'now'.   They could do a mini-series every year for the next 20 years!  (They need to replace 24 now don't they?)
Mcceda1

Registered: 08/06/10
Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #12 
I have always pictured James Woods as Harry when I'm reading the books
Maria

Registered: 08/07/10
Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #13 

I have found that Russell Crowe (In "Gladiator") is the most closest face to Harry Bosch that I have in my mind... I don´t know if R. Crowe would play Harry´s roll in the screen, in a way that would satisfy HB fans.

mhoward48

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Registered: 09/01/10
Posts: 20
Reply with quote  #14 
I always picture a young Clint Eastwood , while reading the books. He is too old now to play him. Someone else mentioned Chris Noth, who I think would be great. Or possibley Gary Sinese.
Gorjan

Registered: 11/04/09
Posts: 11
Reply with quote  #15 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CadillacCounselor
just thiought of something.  what about Selleck?



There was this girl in one of my early classes in medschool, and her dad looked JUST LIKE Selleck. Twins, I tell you!

Anyway, I've always imagined HB looking like Harvey Keitel, so it would be no problem for me as long as he played HB.
peter7777

Registered: 11/25/10
Posts: 12
Reply with quote  #16 

Yes, I think you have found Harry suggesting Robert Forster! He's a great actor and would be perfect for Bosch. Good call!

silverturbo

Registered: 01/11/11
Posts: 3
Reply with quote  #17 
My choice for Harry is Michael Nouri. He is currently on All My Children playing Caleb, and I think his look and demeanor is perfect for Harry. I hear his voice speaking Harry's words as I read the books. James Woods?? Don't think so, Harry is supposed to be handsome.
Qc1

Registered: 01/13/11
Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #18 

I've always pictured someone who looks like Jochen Horst. He's a german actor. It's true that no hollywood star actor could play this role because we would'nt believe it. I never pictured Bosch to be very old or at least to look very old. So Ed Harris, James Woods or Micheal Nouri would not work.


silverturbo

Registered: 01/11/11
Posts: 3
Reply with quote  #19 
Harry has aged, of course, throughout the series. He is now 60 years old. So if a movie was made of one of the earlier books, the older guys wouldn't work. But after what was done to "Blood Work" , I kinda hope they never make a Bosch movie. I'll just have my little Michael Nouri fantasy, thank you.
neecee

Registered: 03/26/11
Posts: 7
Reply with quote  #20 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CadillacCounselor

Agree Ed Harris is not close to the look. I do think he might be able to get the personality & attitude down.  He plays detective roles easily.  ("Absolute Power" (1997), "Gone, Baby, Gone" (2007))  Bosch would of course be different.

A dilemma I have with Bosch's look is he was a tunnel rat in Vietnam. I know one IRL.  He's not small but neither is he big.  He is wiry.  OTOH, I've always imagine Boasch as being somewhat tall, around 5'11 or 6'.  Not sure if that fits the tunnel rat model.

I have also always imagnied Harry with a mustache. Something like this:



I can't remember ever reading a description of Harry w/a mustache but I think his height is about 5'11.I never read either that he is a hunk--nice looking but not exceptional.I can't see T Selleck crawling thru tunnels--he's too big--even when he played Magnum.Ed Harris would probably do a good job in the role but in my mind--Harry is not Ed.When I read the books I can picture everything but his face.Mickey Haller has a face now thanks to the Lincoln Lawyer movie.I'd like to see a TV series--there's certainly enough material on Harry to make one.
heyjewd

Registered: 03/27/11
Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #21 
I think James Franco would be PERFECT as Harry!
neecee

Registered: 03/26/11
Posts: 7
Reply with quote  #22 

I wasn't sure who James Franco was so I Googled him. I've never really seen him act that I can recall.He might be an ok "young" Harry but I'm not convinced All of us who like Harry have our own views.As someone here said--it would be difficult to cast him.That's why I think a TV series would be good--it could focus on the stories but take some leeway with his age.Just a thought.

biff11

Registered: 06/06/10
Posts: 8
Reply with quote  #23 

I live in a small coastel town in Scotland and if Harry Bosch has a Scottish accent then Ken Stott is your man. He is fifty-ish, with the face only a mother could love but a great actor. He is playing a dwarf in the prequel to the Lord of the Rings so watch and make your mind up

sd259

Registered: 07/26/11
Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #24 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mcceda1
I have always pictured James Woods as Harry when I'm reading the books

i second that. james woods for harry

IntrepidExplorer

Registered: 10/27/11
Posts: 3
Reply with quote  #25 

Can't see Ken Stott playing Harry as he doesn't fit the tunnel rat image, though I do agree with biff11 that he is a great actor. You can't act the right size! In the Black Echo Harry is described as having " hair that was turning to grey but full and curly. Other than the circles under his eyes his face was unlined and handsome."  I had imagined him to be a bit like Dougray Scott ( Enigma ) who is about 5'11" though he would need a perm! He's 46 now. However, Johnny Depp has a certain appeal......................

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