Bryan Clauser

We're still working on the pitch for the NOCTURNAL television series.

First off, an update: I still don't have a contract for the option. It's a strange thing, because we're toiling away on a series bible and writers are scripting the first draft of a pilot episode. No, I still can't say who is involved. This is a demanding, fun and educational process, so we're plowing forward hoping that the deal comes through. The task itself provides sufficient reward – so, even if it falls through, A and I are learning a lot about the business, which makes it all worthwhile.

Joe ManganielloNow, onto the good stuff. On Sunday I watched THE WALKING DEAD, then Chris Hardwick's THE TALKING DEAD. His guests were Robert Kirkman (WALKING DEAD creator) and Joe Manganiello (pictured at left), an actor from the series TRUE BLOOD and the movie MAGIC MIKE. If you don't know Joe Manganiello, he's an excellent actor and a pure specimen of manliness. He's also a crazy genre fan: loves comics, loves WALKING DEAD. I thought to myself: Self, here's an action star that likes the horror, who can glower like nobody's business, and who can really sell fight scenes ... wouldn't he make a great Bryan Clauser?

(Yes, I talk to myself a lot. And I always address myself as "self," although sometimes when I fear my own powers, I say "Mr. Self," or, "Your High Holy Selfness.")

I sent my little idea to the producer, and he loved it. Awesome! We're on the same page for what might make an ideal leading actor for the NOCTURNAL series! Then the producer reminded me of a wee little detail: Manganiello is a prominent actor on a top-rated series. He's probably not looking for anything new at the moment.

Common sense, right? Hey, I'm new here, cut me some slack.

That got me to thinking of a casting director's plight. If you want a lead actor with a pedigree, especially a pedigree in the genre world, how do you find a marquee name when the marquee names are already working?

So now, little man (and/or little woman), I give the watch to you. Who do you think would make a great Bryan Clauser for a TV series?

BUT WAIT! There are rules ...

THE RULES:

  1. He can't be a prominent character on a current series, unless that series is in its last season. So, no, we couldn't get a Kit Harrington or a Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (both from GAME OF THRONES).
  2. He can't be an active movie star Yes, I'd shoot a Hobbit in the face to get Brad Pitt, but Brad's a little busy ... so is Channing Tatum, Will Smith, etc., etc.
  3. ACTING!He's got to be believeable as a bad-ass. Yes, I know that comes down to ACTING! (quick shout-out to Jon Lovitz), but I think a TV Bryan Clauser has to sell "danger." One look at this guy should make you think, "maybe I won't poke him in the chest just to see what happens."
  4. He has to look the right age: 30-40. Please do not comment "Tom Selleck back in the day would be perfect!" Don't do that. Don't be that guy.
  5. No, I don't want to know who is the perfect Pookie Chang. Not yet, anyway. Focus on Bryan. 
  6. A name and a face we know? Packaging a series involves selling it to networks and producers. While they will go with new faces (TRUE BLOOD was full of 'em, and it's a hit), someone with TV street cred is a better pitch for us. Not a deal-breaker by any stretch, but hey, if you were investing your money in a series, wouldn't you rather have someone that people already want to see?

Have at it, my Junkies! And feel free to play off of each other's comments: if someone comes out of the blue with a great pick and you like it better than your pick, say so.

Enjoy!

 

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Well iv got 2 choices for Brian "the Ninja" Clouser one being Me of course at 6'2'' tall I could do it! Jared Padalecki is a good choice for his hight an training in supernatural the tv show.

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I would love to say Ron Pearlman but I think he is a little too old for the part.  Crap and I jusr remebered he is still working on SOA.  Sorry this was a wasted post.

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I would say Liam McIntyre or Manu Bennett from Spartacus. One is 31 and Manu is just 40 I think. The show is in its last season, and both of them can pull off the badass vibe. Also Manu is currently doing a feature spot on Arrow as Deathstroke.

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Warren Christie (from Alphas).  Low profile, badass character, and his show just got cancelled.  Perfect.

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I haven't seen Dean Cain in awhile, is he too old for this part or look too old?

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I think you run into a serious problem here. First is the imagining of the series, it seems to me that the stymied imagination of the Hollywood executive stereotype is logical based on the decisions they make. So you must pitch with a star attached, someone who has their own audience to bring along. Like C.S Lee for Pookie Chang or Tom Aldredge as the old hunter. I mean you put Nathan Fillon in anything and it gains a cult following. But the problem becomes that you have boxed yourself in. I mean the problem is that the big muscular and good looking guy hasn’t been in style and you need someone to pull that off and the only person that can pull that off is an unknown. Someone who can create and maintain a new audience. Which is very hard to do, I mean it’s not impossible.

Anyway the problem I see with it being made is this. The fans are going to be let down big time, CGI monster are often horrid and practical effects can be just as bad (Anyone seen sanctuary if you want a one two combo knockout punch of those things.) you have someone that cares about having this made and if you have an executive/producer or an executive’s wife on board your good to go. After all you know why they kept making Cheers… I may not have been cheers but some other show like it. Anyway I believe it was Cheers I should re check anyway. The reason it kept going long after it should have been put out to pasture is because the wife of the studio owner loved it. It’s who you know. And Scott you don’t seem ‘appropriately’ slimy enough to know those kinds of people.

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Lani John Tupu (Captain Crais) from Farscape

 

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I have two suggestions:

Desmon Harrington - He currently plays Detective Joey Quinn in Dexter.  Dexter is in its last season.  There is something compelling about this guy that makes him stand out in everything he does.

Dustin Clare - Played Gannicus in Spartacus: Gods of the arena.  The dude is seriously charismatic and can definitely kick some ass.

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He may be a little short but Craig Horner from Legend of the seeker was a good action actor. 

 

 

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Nicholas Brendon? Alan Tudyk?

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Oooh! This is definitely going to take some thought! I will get back to you. Wink

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Well which version of Brian? The Ninja or the Terminator? Both had different body types, and both versions of Nocturnal were far different.

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I actually don't really agree that Joe Manganiello would make a good Brian Clauser.  When I read the book and listened to the podcast I did not envision someone like Joe Manganiello.  I see Clauser as more pale and fit, but not buff kind of guy.  Off the top of my head, and because Priest was on a few days ago, I would think Paul Bettany might look the part better.  Or Karl Urban.  Plus they both I think are good actors.  And I guess I need clairfication on the "active movie star.  Yes they both have been in movies recently but is there a level of activeness?  Bettany is in 1 pre-production and 1 post-production.  Urban on the other hand is 2 of each.  So that might shoot them down right away.

A couple others that I think also could do well:

Adam Baldwin

Zachary Levi - not sure on his "badass" beleivability

Scott Speedman

Ricky Schroder

Chiwetal Ejiofor

Michael Elay

Josh Hartnett - unless he is being kept in your back pocket to play Perry Dawsey?

The more I think about it, the more I am thinking Paul Bettany.

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Kind of a downer Calador..  I could get behind Jared Padalecki... 

Sometimes a bad guy is the only good guy you get.

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What about David Lyons. I likes him in The Cape, and who knows what is going on with Revolution.

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In reply to: Borky00

He may be a little short but Craig Horner from Legend of the seeker was a good action actor. 

 

 

@Borky00: Wow, Craig Horner is closer to how I envisioned Bryan in the book: ripped up, but not the biggest guy, more Bruce Lee than Dwayne Johnson. Not sure how mean that kid looks, though. Good pick.

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In reply to: Calador

I think you run into a serious problem here. First is the imagining of the series, it seems to me that the stymied imagination of the Hollywood executive stereotype is logical based on the decisions they make. So you must pitch with a star attached, someone who has their own audience to bring along. Like C.S Lee for Pookie Chang or Tom Aldredge as the old hunter. I mean you put Nathan Fillon in anything and it gains a cult following. But the problem becomes that you have boxed yourself in. I mean the problem is that the big muscular and good looking guy hasn’t been in style and you need someone to pull that off and the only person that can pull that off is an unknown. Someone who can create and maintain a new audience. Which is very hard to do, I mean it’s not impossible.

Anyway the problem I see with it being made is this. The fans are going to be let down big time, CGI monster are often horrid and practical effects can be just as bad (Anyone seen sanctuary if you want a one two combo knockout punch of those things.) you have someone that cares about having this made and if you have an executive/producer or an executive’s wife on board your good to go. After all you know why they kept making Cheers… I may not have been cheers but some other show like it. Anyway I believe it was Cheers I should re check anyway. The reason it kept going long after it should have been put out to pasture is because the wife of the studio owner loved it. It’s who you know. And Scott you don’t seem ‘appropriately’ slimy enough to know those kinds of people.

@Calador: I don't "know" anybody, except the producer and the writers, and so far they are fantastic to work with. Great people. Keep in mind that I'm the n00b here: I can't make something like this happen on my own, since I don't have the sales of a George R.R. Martin. The producer and writer all love the book and are excited to make something.

As for CGI, we haven't got to that point. There is talk about using practical effects. Everyone involved loves the Stan Winston school as opposed to the CGI approach. I think that all comes down to budget, though -- better to have a show with so-so FX than to not have a show at all. It's still about the story.

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I would say Liam McIntyre or Manu Bennett from Spartacus. One is 31 and Manu is just 40 I think. The show is in its last season, and both of them can pull off the badass vibe. Also Manu is currently doing a feature spot on Arrow as Deathstroke.

@ZombieJoe: I gotta say, Liam McIntyre looks spot-on.

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I have two suggestions:

Desmon Harrington - He currently plays Detective Joey Quinn in Dexter.  Dexter is in its last season.  There is something compelling about this guy that makes him stand out in everything he does.

Dustin Clare - Played Gannicus in Spartacus: Gods of the arena.  The dude is seriously charismatic and can definitely kick some ass.

@Toothless: I love Desmon Harrington in DEXTER. I would have liked to see him get a little more nuts in that show, but he was subtly disturbed and a nice counter-balance to our favorite serial killer.

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Jason O'Mara from Terra Nova.

Colin Ferguson from Eureka.

Kevin McKidd from Journeyman and Rome

 

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Why not offer the roll to Joe Manganiello anyway?  (How much longer is True Blood set to run?)  Why not offer it to some of the big names that you think may not be interested...especially movie actors.  Kevin Bacon just recently stars in a TV series "The Following".  He was looking for a TV series.  Regular schedule and job vs. the up & downs in movie filming.  Maybe some of the people you like are open to a TV series too.

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What about Adam Baldwin from Firefly and Chuck fame? I don't think he's involved with much right now. 

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Jason O'Mara from Terra Nova.

Colin Ferguson from Eureka.

Kevin McKidd from Journeyman and Rome

 

Oh man, I totally forgot about Colin Ferguson! 

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Brian Bosworth would be good i think past athlete just completed a movie has the look that would work right age range and at 6'2" is in the right shape for the part

Joe Rogan might be a little short (5'8") and a little old (mid 40's) to pull it off but he was one of the first that came to mind he has a decent humor  he has training and can be quite intimidating and with the right cinematography could be shot to give the appearance needed to carry off the part

 

 

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