From the current crop, who would you cast as...

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    Travis McGee?

    I finished re-reading "The Deep Blue Goodbye" last night as the first step in re-doing the whole series in chronological order. :cool:

    The thought occurred: Who could do the role justice today? The only name I came up with was Mathew McConaughey- I think he'd do well!

    Anyone else?
     
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    Did Sam Elliott once play Travis McGee?
     
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    As a huge fan of those books, that's an interesting question. I think the key paradox of McGee is he needs to be simultaneously capable of being a full-time laid back partier and also a badass when required. Ideally they are physically large, because that part of McGee's character is he's just big.

    I do think Matthew McConaughey would be pretty good as would DiCaprio, though I don't think either has the imposing height that McGee has in the books (which to me is not necessarily a deal breaker). I'd love to see that Sam Elliot version, but I think it doesn't exist anymore.

    I think Armie Hammer might be good. I'm not a big fan of his, but he was good in The Man From UNCLE. I could see him capturing the party boy and more intense sides of McGee. He's also physically huge, so he fits the part.

    Another pick is Chris Hemsworth, who is again huge and I think he could pull off the duality of the role.
     
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    That’s an interesting question
    Mathew McConaughey (is that spelled right?) I think would be a good choice
    Sam Elliot did a version? I’d pay good money to see that
    Maybe I should reread the series again. This time in the proper order.
     
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    Thanks for the replies everyone... I don't know how well known these books are nowadays, so I wasn't sure if this topic would sink or swim! I've read the books randomly (and repeatedly) over the years- I think I got them all but now I'm gonna do it right: starting at the beginning!

    Some interesting suggestions- I certainly agree both Hammer and Hemsworth have the sheer physicality of the character, although I still kind of favour McConaughey for his intensity. Personally, I've never really liked DiCaprio although clearly I'm in the minority with that.:rolleyes: Ryan Gosling? ...maybe...

    I'd also have loved to have seen the Sam Elliot version.

    One more thing- if they ever do make a film, I vote they keep it period correct and don't update the character into something like a Gulf War vet...

    Anyway, 1 down, 20 to go!
     
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    Back in the day, Travis McGee looked like the late Chuck Connors, to my way of thinking.

    Also, Dolph Lundgren looked kinda like McGee.

    Rod Taylor played him once. Naah...

    Sam Elliott played McGee with a mustache. No f___in' way!
     
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    Coincidently, we watched Mirror Mirror on Netflix last night. I think Armie Hammer a good pick.
     
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    "Sam Elliott played McGee with a mustache. No f___in' way!"

    A good point, well made.:eek::D
     
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    I think Brad Pitt could pull it off. Just thinking about his character in the latest Tarantino movie, he's got the laid back and cool part, along with the physical and violent side. Plus he could do a good job of mocking and enraging people, which is one of my favorite McGee traits!
     
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    I think it depends how much you want to stick to the series physical description of the character or if you are willing to go outside of the box to capture the character's "essence" via an actor (like casting Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher - which some people hated). I think I could accept variance from the character's height, weight, and hair color.

    IMHO - the actor would still have to be able to pull off an Irish American from the Midwest, athletic enough to have been a college/pro football player(not necessarily a TE), a war vet, and a college graduate. He'd also have to be pull off being a semi-retired beach bum. The problems I'd have with McConnaughey - he'd have to lose the Texas drawl I hear in his voice and I just don't see him as being athletic enough.

    Thinking of this maybe - Chris Pine, Chris Evans, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Gosling, or Matt Damon.
     
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    Armie Hammer is about 6’5” - I didn’t realize he was that tall.

    Ryan Reynolds(6’4”) could probably do a good job, especially with his comedic timing and physicality.

    My vote, though, goes to Alden Erhenreich (5’9”). He doesn’t have the height, but his character in the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” was simply superb. Ignore the Han Solo movie.
     
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    I'd watch a Ryan Reynolds version I think...
     
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    I have to say Ryan Reynolds is almost a non-starter for me. His "humor" turns me off violently. the one movie that he didn't drive me crazy was "Safehouse" where he was very serious throughout, so I guess if the director forbade him from being funny he could work.

    I didn't even think of Chris Evens. I've seen enough of his work to respect him deeply, and he certainly could pull off both sides of McGee's character.
     
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    I have every one of the Travis McGee books and a few other John D. MacDonald titles. He was a great writer.
     
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    Clint Eastwood would have been an excellent McGee.
     
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