A few weeks ago I asked...Who Should Play Booth? in Steven Spielberg's Untitled Abraham Lincoln film. (Note, Liam Neeson has been cast to play Lincoln)
And there was a tremendous responses.
Most people suggested Johnny Depp (3 votes), Matthew McConaughey (4 votes), and Jude Law (3 votes).
Anomie-Atlanta gets all the credit for starting the Matthew McConaughey train of thought. To be honest, when I saw the McConaughey vote, I thought...well he looks like him I suppose but I don't think he can pull off such a challenging part.
Part of why I think McConaughey would not be up to the role is because of what Jordon M. Poss said in his comment. "You have to find someone with enough screen presence to make what could be a small role very real and very memorable, since the actor would essentially be acting in Liam Neeson's shadow."
I imagine that's why there are so many suggestions for Jude Law. I think of Jude Law's role in The Road to Perdition, it was very similar to what Steven Spielberg might be looking for in the characterization of John Wilkes Booth.
Other mentions were Kevin Kline, and Adrian Brody both came in with two votes.
Also Freddie Prinze Jr., Harry Connick Jr., Jeremy Davies, Gary Sinise, and Hugh Jackman each were suggested as well.
I'm really surprised that no one mentioned John Malkovich. I can hardly get the idea of Malkovich out of my head since in In the Line of Fire his assassin character tells Clint Eastwood to call him "Booth."
But just as Tom asked if Kevin Kline is too old, I ask myself if Malkovich is too old. Booth killed Abraham Lincoln with Booth was 37 years old. John Malkovich is 52 years old and Kevin Kline is 58 years old.
Interestingly enough McConaughey is 37 years old, just like Booth at the time of the assassination.
One person even jokingly suggested Liam Neeson play Booth, even though Neeson's playing Lincoln.
(and Jim your vote of yourself to play Booth, well...it just doesn't count)
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