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Old 03-13-2016, 10:40 PM   #31
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Robert Duvall, there's another guy who could definitely nail Roland... thirty years ago.

In fact King might have mentioned him as often as he mentioned Eastwood.
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I had always pictured Christian Bale in the role.
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:32 AM   #33
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That could work. If he got down to his 'The Machinist' fighting weight, sure.
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:58 AM   #34
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This discussion has inspired me to finally open up The Gunslinger. How deep I go into the Dark Tower beyond that remains to be seen.

The first couple decades of Stephen King were pretty flawless, so I should have at least started on the series a long time ago.
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:36 AM   #35
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Pet Semetary is one of the most harrowing novels I've ever read. Maybe harrowing isn't quite the right word, it's just the loons down in Prospect.
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I've always been astounded by the run of books he wrote to start his career:

Carrie, Salem's Lot and The Shining individually would be career defining highlights, and he banged the three of them out in a row out of the gate.
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The Dead Zone, The Stand too.
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Old 03-14-2016, 06:05 PM   #38
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And of course a bunch of 'Bachman' books (I'm thinking of The Long Walk in particular).
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Right, I mean, you can go almost straight through to 1991 without hitting TOO many bumps. But to start off your career with those three novels is astounding. Obviously if you skip Bachman, then his 4th book was The Stand, so...
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I have the bad habit of starting a King novel and reading the first 100 or so pages and then not finishing it. Love him overall, though. Especially the earlier stuff.
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...I just saw that Elba is playing Roland. I'd assumed it was McConaughey and Elba was Walter...um...ok.

I love Idris Elba, he's one of the best actors working right now, but I 100% do not get that casting choice. I trust him to make it work though, cause, yeah, he's incredible.
Elba is indeed amazing, but I just feel like this changes the story too much. I don't know how the racial elements surrounding Susannah and her backstory work with a black Roland. That's a major piece.
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Old 03-14-2016, 11:22 PM   #42
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I'm not sure about King's most recent decade, though. I mean, it's understandable, he's been at it a long time, but the only two really outstanding novels of his (IMO) since the mid 2000s are 11/22/63 and Under The Dome. My understanding is that both had their genesis much earlier in his career (at least in working draft/germ of an idea form), and so, aren't necessarily as 'recent' as they seem.

Though, I liked Cell a lot more than people in general seem to. Like, a hell of a lot more. Duma Key was... okay... although it sort of got away on him, and I'm not sure Florida is really King country even if he bought a house there. He belongs to the north-east.

Sure, Lisey's Story is highly regarded from what I can gather, but rarely for a King novel, I found it unreadable and put it down three or four pages in (it didn't help that there was a typo on the first page... does nobody edit this guy anymore?)

As for those Bill Hodges detective novels, eh whatever. Nothing special.
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Elba is indeed amazing, but I just feel like this changes the story too much. I don't know how the racial elements surrounding Susannah and her backstory work with a black Roland. That's a major piece.
That's just the problem; nothing we know of Roland or his world or his family or who he is/was suggests that he's a black guy. Or an Asian guy, or a Middle Eastern guy. I mean, it's pretty specific. It's not like doing Shakespeare for a modern audience or something, it's more like casting Lincoln.
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Like Lincoln except a totally fictional world
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I love Elba, I'm not a purist, and I think producers and directors should be taking more chances like this. Most projects/properties don't even have a prominent black character, which would be the place to do think outside the box with casting.

But when one of the 4 main characters is already black, and as Stammer said above, because there's a lot of pertinent material about race in the story, making Roland black as well removes some of that conflicting/contrasting dynamic.
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