And now I invite you to play, Central Casting. You have to imagine you have been given the task of casting actors in your favourite movie or book or play. Easy! I will start.
Night of the Demon (1957)
Holden: Dana Andrews was perfect, and apparently drunk most of the time of the shoot. Niall MacGinnis: just was the evil Karswell, based upon a sort of Aleister Crowley type. My choices, for the remake (heaven forbid) would be: Holden: George Clooney, Karswell: Michael Gambon is a bit too old, but he would have been perfect, so we need a Michael Gambon type. Any suggestions? I would go for Roger Allam. Joanna Harrington: Kelly Adams. Mrs Karswell, Penelope Keith.
The Aubrey/Maturin books. I have read them all and at the moment I a re-reading them. The movie was ok, but my choice for Jack would be Daniel Craig or probably better, George Clooney again, with Stephen being played by Robert Carlyle.
Casablanca, which ties on first place with NotD, is virtually impossible. There are reasons why there has never been a remake, but if pushed, Billy Bob Thornton and Alicia Silverstone.