I've been trying to come up with the perfect cast for an imagined adaptation of my favorite book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay for a couple of years now. I've got four of the five main roles locked in my mind. The one character I keep revising, however, is that of Tracy Bacon, the hunky, hulking paramour of one of the main protagonists, Sam Clay. The character is hard to cast simply because it requires an actor who is both an impressive physical specimen and a completely charming, softy romantic. You try thinking of an actor who fits both descriptions. It's a lot harder than you'd think! As you will see in that post I linked to earlier I originally came up with Kellan Lutz, who fit the role physically. But this was before I realize the dude can't act for shit. Shameless manwhore, yes. Thespian, not so much. Someone else recommended Chris Pine and I immediately fell in love with that suggestion. Okay, so Chris doesn't exactly have a towering presence, but he's built enough and this was summer of 2009 so I was riding on a wave of Star Trek love.
Pine has been my Tracy Bacon for two years now, but it was while flipping through Kavalier and Clay again awhile ago when I realized that after last year, we now have the perfect actor to play Tracy Bacon: Armie Hammer. I mean, think about it. He's got the tall and hulking part down (there's a reason JA at My New Plaid Pants refers to him as Six Foot Five Aryan God Armie Hammer), he is perfectly charming and adorable and, most importantly, he can act. Plus, we all know how much he loves mackin' on dudes after being cast in the new J. Edgar Hoover movie, and the Tracy Bacon role requires a bit of that. So, to sum everything up, Armie Hammer is perfect for this role and someone needs to write a miniseries treatment of this book. I will not stand for 600 pages of beautiful prose being condensed down into 120 minutes. Will not! Just think of all the Emmy's this shit would win just by default. Come on, HBO, get the ball rolling on this one. And while you're at it, make sure you cast Armie Hammer in a role he was born to play.