Long time lurker, first time poster... and lifelong WATCHMEN fan (well, since '86, when it first hit the stands!)
As such, I'm torn over the merits of the latest movie proposal ramping up over at Warner Bros. under Zack 'DotD/300' Snyder - how can this sublime work possibly be successfully translated to the screen in all of it's multi-faceted complexity, yadda yadda yadda? Hurm.
Such doubts aside, if the movie IS gonna happen, then I want the best for it... which is the reason I'm here. I know that what I'm about to lay on ya is normally the stuff reserved for fanboy casting wish lists too numerous to mention, but I'm presenting it in its own stand-alone thread in order to bring it to the attention of the masses and to enlist the active assistance of your good selves.
My proposal is simply this:
Hey, Warner Bros. -
He's the right age, right height (5' 06), has got the right look (unconventional, not typically Hollywood pretty boy), and jeez... can he DO intense and creepy! :
Cast DOUG HUTCHISON as RORSCHACH in your WATCHMEN movie!
With a varied body of work behind him, on stage and screen (he's more than proved his acting chops), the guy who gave us The X Files's fearfully flexible flesh-eater Eugene Tooms, and The Green Mile's slimily sadistic guard Percy (smooshes Mr Jingles, remember? SONOFABITCH!) is THE ideal choice to portray everybody's favourite personality disordered, finger snappin' vigilante loon Walter Kovacs, aka Rorschach.
Need convincin'? Check him out in these shots; it's the comic come to life!:
NO! MY FACE! GIVE IT BACK!
C'MON WALTER... DO IT FOR ME , HUH?
YOU KEEP CALLING ME WALTER. I DON'T LIKE YOU.
WELL? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? DO IT. DO IT!
So convinced am I of this, I've commenced a proactive campaign of support for Mr H in this fanboytastic role (generally, I've been pestering anybody and everybody I can think of that has a part to play in bringing WATCHMEN to the screen!) I've been on to The Man himself via his own official site, and have received this response in my inbox:
Thank you (and others) for your enthusiasm regarding Doug's involvement as Rorschach in THE WATCHMEN movie (o:
Presently, Doug is reading the script and his agents are investigating. The project is still in its infancy as there doesn't seem to be a Casting Director attached, yet, nor casting sessions available. In the meantime, if you and other fans would like to start a DOUG HUTCHISON AS RORSCHACH campaign of sorts and deluge Zach Snyder and Prods at WB with e-mails and such, I'm confident it couldn't hurt Doug's chances to snag the role. If we could get a Worldwide fan base amped up about the idea, believe me: The Powers to Be at WB will listen!
MC (Doug Hutchison's Personal Assistant)
Well - seems that Doug's interested enough to want to check out the existing script and get his agents on the case! I sincerely believe that he is THE right man for the job, such is his proven ability as represented by his body of work, coupled with his perfect physical characteristics to play the part of Walter Kovacs/Rorschach. This will be the defining role of his career, such is the controversial complexity of the character, Rorschach being simply one of the best studies in sociopathy and most affecting commentaries on the human condition ever to see print in any medium, comics or otherwise.
So rather than being just another wish list casting suggestion then, seems there's a chance (albeit in it's infancy) that this one might go on to become a reality - it helps when the object of the support has shown an interest in the project himself!
So, whaddaya say folks? Wanna join the cause and see if, just this once, the fans can make their voice heard and make a difference...?
If so, then I would ask that you join me in doing what Doug's own PA suggests, and start deluging the film makers at Warner Bros. with our support for Mr H in this role. I've invaded just about every comics/movie board going with this in order to whip up word of mouth, and am in the process of getting hold of some influential email addies, so that some strategic messages can be delivered right to the very heart of the WATCHMEN movie making/casting/producing/directing process - watch this space for details!
I Leave It Entirely In Your Hands...
I sincerely thank you for having given up your time to read this post.
Er... anyone home?
This just fresh outta my Inbox, part of an email somewhat relevant to the matter at hand :
Thanks for the email.
As for Doug Hutchison, I have to agree that he looks perfect! I'm
pleased that his people are already talking to Warners , which is the
Well, if Doug's good enough for a certain Mr Gibbons...
His qualifications to have an opinion on the subject are beyond question.
Just to keep you up to speed with the latest rumblings from Doug's people in sunny LA, thanks to some transatlantic correspondence:
I'm sure we'll be getting hold of the WATCHMEN graphic novel as, hopefully, things move closer to a meeting with Doug and Snyder. As you've observed by his performance as Percy in THE GREEN MILE, Doug is probably one of the most "method" actors in Hollywood I've known and places utmost importance on prolific research. To prepare for his audition for Darabont for THE GREEN MILE, he read Stephen King's novel (then: a six-part series) back-to-back to absorb as many Percy-details as possible ... and that was before getting the part ...
As for the voice thing...
...basically, I told 'em the reasons why Rorschach has developed his... unique vocal style (social alienation, isolation from his fellow man, desensitisation, the intimidatory effect it has on lowlife scum, etc. etc.,... you know the drill.) By way of example, I sent 'em clips of Jeffrey Combs's V.O. work as The Question on the animated JLU show, and told them to combine this with the dulcet tones of Tom Waits in order to get on the right track! I've read on Hutchison's online Green Mile Diary memoirs that he kept his then co-stars highly amused and enthralled on set with his uncannily accurate Michael Clarke Duncan vocal impersonations!
The word from LA-LA Land on Doug's tonsillary talents:
As for Rorschach's voice, I have NO DOUBT Doug can create something Tom Waits-gravelly and as sinister as the character demands. The reason he -- despite his 5' 6'' frame -- can imitate Michael Clarke Duncan so brilliantly is because Doug was always a "Bass 2" in high school. He can reach deeper tones than Hades, sometimes.
I'll keep y'all posted...
Firstly, can I offer my sincere thanks to all of you who may have already taken the time to read this thread; the response is somewhat disappointing I'll admit, but hopefully this latest news will promote some interest in showing support for actor Doug Hutchison in the role of Rorschach in the proposed WATCHMEN movie.
In addition to promoting this campaign both here and at several other notable comic book/movie/genre fansite boards, I have also been in close contact with Dougís people in LA, contact having been initiated via the details readily available on his own official site. They have proved to be enormously receptive to my suggestion, to the extent that I am informed that steps are now being taken by Doug and his associates with regard to his participation in this movie project. The depth and content of their return messages is such that I am in no doubt whatsoever that this is the Ďreal dealí, and I have graciously been kept updated in order to provide me with details of the state of play with current developments and future proposals.
I must stress that I am in NO WAY connected with Doug Hutchison nor any professional body in any way, shape or form concerned in the movie making business in ANY capacity, casting or otherwise. I am simply a passionate fan based in the United Kingdom, going about this whole business sat at my humble little desktop stuck in the corner, and driven by a belief that Doug Hutchison is the perfect actor to breathe life into the character of Rorschach in Warner Bros. WATCHMEN project and attempting to work proactively towards this end.
The current position is this:
Doug wants this part. Doug has read, reread, and read again the WATCHMEN graphic novel, and has studied the David Hayter screenplay, admittedly somewhat outdated but in order to get a gist for the writing in terms of a film adaptation. I have now sent Doug the recently available Alex Tse screenplay, believed to be the genuine article, albeit not yet confirmed as being the final shooting script. Iíve given Doug some hints in respect of Rorschachís background and his motivation, covering the manner in which he acts and speaks; Doug is even working on perfecting a voice for Rorschach at this time. Most encouraging of all, he is actively seeking a face-to-face meeting with director Zack Snyder in order to pitch for the part of Rorschach.
Enquiries are underway to obtain direct contact details for Snyder, the producers, all their agents, and those individuals at Warner Bros. Studios directly involved in the casting and creation of the WATCHMEN movie. The plan is to approach these people in due course in a considered, professional manner in order to present a structured, reasoned proposal in support of Doug Hutchison being given serious consideration for the role of Rorschach, to win him the opportunity to audition for the casting director and ply his trade as an experienced, acclaimed, professional actor.
WHICH IS WHERE YOU GUYS COME IN!
I assure you all that this a genuine account of the current position in respect of the casting of the pivotal role of Rorschach in the WATCHMEN movie. With this in mind, my request is this:
As a fan, if you support Doug Hutchison in this role, and indeed want the opportunity to participate in a focused, structured campaign to have YOUR views given consideration by those directly responsible for the creation of a multimillion dollar budgeted major Hollywood movie, then I would ask that you put this support into words in the form of a post on this thread (and any other similar threads you may have found on other like-minded message boards!)
By adding your posts to this thread, your support will thus be given both provenance and authentication before steps are taken to have those comments suitable for the purposes of this campaign presented to the film makers themselves, in order to bolster those efforts being undertaken by Doug and his associates themselves in Hollywood, and hopefully to strengthen the chances of him snagging this crucial role.
Letís put the well-worn theory that movie makers pay no attention to the voice of the fans to the test; we wonít know for certain unless we give it a try! After all, what harm can it doÖ?
I thank you from the heart for taking the time to read this post, and I sincerely hope that I can count on your support in this endeavour. Thanks again in advance of your efforts and any assistance that you can provide.
Iíll keep you posted!
hiding in molochs fridge
Well, what else can I say about this?
Nice to see that someone passionate enough about the book is getting the cast he wants.
Well I remember Mr Hutchison from X-Files and Millenium. Ugh. *shudder* No offence, but from those roles I can see he can be quite good at being creepy. This is rather apropriate for Rorschach. Though he is a loveable psychotic creep, he's still rather creepy.
Thought you might like to cast your eyes over this:
There is nothing more tranquil and perfectly still than the sun setting slowly, sinking like a giant egg yolk, slipping behind the horizon. And yet, that same sun is a roiling violent ball of gases and fire. Get too close and it will kill you with its intensity: stillness in motion.
Sounds positively Rorschachian to me. Doug Hutchison would do this role proud.
Latest word from the Doug camp (in the wake of my having raised some recent comics-to-film casting announcements):
I have been checking into a few things and still nothing in the way of casting directors/rumors that I can see. The latest is that they are still working on the script. Watchmen, at this point, is unlike Iron Man and Batman and the others because they are in pre-production with a shoot date and tentative release date whereas Watchmen is still in development. Without things moving along more at this point I still believe the best plan of action is to patiently wait until the time is right to put in our plea for our casting choice. Sometimes projects stay quiet inside the production company due to working and re-wroking the script, financing and many other factors. Since Warner Bros. picked it up within the year and it seems are not choosing to use the script previously written for the screen it may be a few more months at least before things take off. I am keeping my eyes and ears open for any news I may get regarding Watchmen and will be sure to let you know as soon as I know something more. I am glad to see you so interested and positive about this project and we will do our best to get our guy the role!
Thanks again for all your help and support.
Until next time
I can think of a few reasons why Snyder is biding his time... 300 of 'em, in actual fact.
We will hopefully soon have his undivided attention...
Breaking news courtesy of the UK's Empire magazine site:
Shooting script almost ready... mid Eighties setting... Nixon... not being completely shot on bluescreen...
BRING IT ON!.
DOUG HUTCHISON IS RORSCHACH!
DAMN! That Empire Online article is music to my ears! They've gone back to the 80s setting thankfully! Nixon and all! We have a director and creative team who gets the damn book.
I could never understand the stupid call that the story needed to be updated. It's like saying Hamlet or To Kill A Mockingbird needs 9/11 references. No! You don't update something that speaks for its time or is timeless in its message. Hell, I don't think the story needs any updating and it's shockingly relevent. (Someone staged a tragic attack in New York City to unite a people and the public remains in the dark? Hmmmm...)
"There are so many easter eggs in the frames (of the comic) so you want that level of detail in the movie itself. Even though itís going to be harder to do"
Sounds pretty damn good. Snyder is fast becoming a favorite director and I haven't even seen his movies yet. I am rather peeved I missed his Dawn of the Dead remake as I had for once seen the original before the remake came out. Plus I keep hearing how good it was.
And again, good luck to Doug on the part. I know I'd be fine with that casting.
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