There's been quite a bit of fun between Andrew of Encore Entertainment and myself. You've seen us agree on Princess Ann in Roman Holiday and Diana in The Robe; we had our own interpretations of Julius Caesar; and even when we agreed on actors, we disagreed about who they should play, for Shane.
Now we come to the winner for Best Picture of the Year -- From Here to Eternity.
SERGEANT FATSO JUDON
Who is He: Sergeant of the Guard at the stockades. Odious, violent, evil man.
Originally played by: Academy Award/BAFTA Award/Golden Globe Winner for Best [Foreign] Actor [Drama] (Marty)
CAPTAIN DANA HOLMES
Who is He: Runs the place. Puts Prewitt through hell in an attempt to get him to box -- that way Holmes'll look good and get a promotion. Adulterous, neglectful, drunk, corrupt.
Originally played by:
My Choice: Hollmann Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Julie & Julia), Academy Award/BAFTA Award/Golden Globe/SAG Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actor (The Lovely Bones)
When given the chance, he can do great things with seemingly two-dimensional roles. Holmes seems sometimes fatherly, mostly ruthless, and always working an angle. Tucci's great at that!
Who is He: A Private. Likes to drink a ton and have fun. But he's got a fiery temper, too, one that lands him in trouble with Judson.
Originally played by: Academy Award/Golden Globe Winner for Best Supporting Actor (From Here to Eternity), BAFTA Award Nominee for Best Foreign Actor (Not as a Stranger, The Man with the Golden Arm), Golden Globe Winner for Best Actor - Musical/Comedy (Pal Joey)
My Choice: SAG Award Nominee for Best Ensemble (Bobby)
That small-man energy is just as much in LaBeouf as it was in Sinatra. Hopefully he's not actually retired -- we need strong stars like Shia.
ALMA, AKA LORENE
Who is She: A dance girl who winds up falling for Prewitt.
Originally played by: Academy Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress (From Here to Eternity)
My Choice: SAG Award Nominee for Best Ensemble (Into the Wild)
Here's an actress who, given the right director and material, can do wonders -- she can be funny and open, or hurt and guarded. And since Alma runs the gamut, that'll come in handy. She also has proven chemistry with my Prew.
Who is She: Neglected wife of Captain Holmes, unable to bear children -- and falling in love with Warden.
Originally played by: Academy Award Nominee for Best Actress (Edward, My Son, From Here to Eternity, The King and I, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, Separate Tables, The Sundowners), BAFTA Award Nominee for Best British Actress (The End of the Affair, Tea and Sympathy, The Sundowners, The Chalk Garden), Golden Globe Winner for Best Actress - Musical/Comedy (The King and I)
My Choice: Academy Award/BAFTA Award/SAG Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress (Chicago), Golden Globe Nominee for Best Actress - Musical/Comedy (Chicago) and Best Supporting Actress (Traffic), SAG Award Winner for Best Ensemble (Traffic, Chicago)
She has the right "oomph" to turn heads, the gravitas to want out, and good Lord, who else would you want to see rolling in the sand?
SGT. MILTON WARDEN
Who is He: Holmes' right-hand man, an authoritative man staying away from the life of an officer. Befriends Prewitt, has an affair with Karen -- and really, just a good guy.
Originally played by: Academy Award/Golden Globe Winner for Best Actor [Drama] (Elmer Gantry), BAFTA Award Winner for Best [Foreign] Actor (Birdman of Alcatraz, Atlantic City)
My Choice: Academy Award/SAG Award Nominee/Golden Globe Winner for Best Actor [Drama and Musical/Comedy] (Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire) and Best Supporting Actor (Magnolia), BAFTA Award Nominee for Best Actor (Born on the Fourth of July), SAG Award Nominee for Best Ensemble (Magnolia)
I just think he's an incredible actor who could do interesting things with this role. I'd love to see that drunk street scene between him and my Prew. Speaking of...
ROBERT E. LEE PREWITT
Who is He: Former middleweight boxer, first-class bugler, a career soldier who's a little fucked up.
Originally played by: Academy Award Nominee for Best Actor (The Search, A Place in the Sun, From Here to Eternity) and Best Supporting Actor (Judgment at Nuremberg), BAFTA Award Nominee for Best Foreign Actor (Judgment at Nuremberg), Golden Globe Nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Judgment at Nuremberg)
I've been on board since Four Brothers -- this guy's charismatic and good-looking, but he doesn't rest on that alone. As his performance in On the Road proved, he can take on the pain and the weirdness necessary for this kind of role. And he could believably box.