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Re: Aslan

Postby coracle » Dec 11, 2018 3:12 pm

If Liam isn't available, then it needs a voice similar in depth.

Ben's is rich but not deep and low - and he is one of my favourite actors, so I would want him otherwise.
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Re: Aslan

Postby Artorius Pendragon » Dec 12, 2018 2:17 pm

So, here is my problem with Liam Neeson as Aslan. The problem isn't the writing, that's okay until VDT. He does bring the caring, loving, majestic sound to Aslan, the biggest thing that he doesn't bring, is the......I can't find the right word, but the fear, the unpredictability, the respect, the not being tame quality. In the books, Aslan never felt truly safe. When you were with him, you knew that he was good, but he never felt quite, safe. I think that David Suchet brought that a lot of the time, even though he got silly sometimes. That's why Suchet is still my favorite Aslan. That is the biggest thing that I'm looking for in a new Aslan. I don't need a golden voice who can sound big and grand, Aslan is so much more than that. I want someone who can make me feel like I'm not watching a tame lion. (By the way, that's why one of the best Aslan moments in the movies is when he takes out that Telmarine soldier. It was unexpected, and you can see in Lucy's face that even though she knows that he's good, she's not quite sure how safe he is, and that's why it's so good!)
I heard people throwing out Tom Hardy as a name, and I think that he could work really well. He's a good actor, and though he can put on a more whimpy voice, if you're familiar with his work, you know that he can do a grand voice as well.
I would also put Sean Bean as an option that I think could be really good. Some other ideas that I'd like to hear others thoughts on are people like Gerard Butler, and Russel Crowe, Jeremy Irons, Richard Armitage, and Brian Blessed.
Let me know what you guys think of these.
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Re: Aslan

Postby Monty Jose » Dec 19, 2018 12:10 am

Artorius Pendragon wrote:I would also put Sean Bean as an option that I think could be really good. Some other ideas that I'd like to hear others thoughts on are people like Gerard Butler, and Russel Crowe, Jeremy Irons, Richard Armitage, and Brian Blessed.
Let me know what you guys think of these.


Sean Bean is a worthy contender I think. I’ve seen enough range from him that I really think he could pull it off. Russell Crowe is a close second (as far as your suggestions go). I haven’t seen Armitage in anything other than The Hobbit, as far as I can remember. While I like his voice, I’m not confident in his range, simply for a lack of exposure to his work.

In light of the most recent Talking Beasts podcast, I’m beginning the become less concerned for casting than I am for the filmmakers’ vision. If they really comprehend who Aslan is as a character, the casting will likely fall into place. For example, I think Andrew Adamson’s vision for all the characters was clear and he hit the casting on the nail head according to his vision. In his case though, he didn’t properly understand Aslan.

The problem is most filmmakers are looking for the next franchise for a successful career, and while they may be willing to research the prominent characters of whatever adaptation they may be undertaking, few may be willing to take the effort to really understand such an in-depth character, even if they don’t realize they are “being lazy about it”. Aslan is a prominent character throughout the series, undoubtedly, but his scenes from book to book and few and far between in relation to the main characters of each given novel. Therefore he lends himself to the danger of being treated like a Yoda when it comes to a filmmaker’s efforts.
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