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10 December 2008 @ 20:44
and lo, there was geekage.  


The last time I re-read Emma Bull's War for the Oaks, I had fun mentally "casting" a live-action film version. So clearly, Allison Mack would play Eddi, Jason Mamoa the Puca, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers Willy Silver, if fandom were in charge of the universe. I started playing with this wallpaper almost a year ago, and to blow off steam, finished it up tonight.

If you've never read it, I highly recommend checking it out. Along with Terri Windling's Bordertown series, and Charles de Lint's Newford series, it's one of the Grandmothers of the whole urban fantasy genre.

The Novel | The Screenplay
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want. take. have.ghostrunner7 on 11th December 2008 02:56 (UTC)
Oh. Dude. Awesome. War for the Oaks is one of my go-to favorite books, and I love the bordertown series. I always pictured the Phouka more like Sendhil Ramammurthy, though.
ljc: flyingtaraljc on 11th December 2008 02:58 (UTC)
For most of the 1990s, he was played by Harold Perrineau inside my head.
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ljc: hell yeah (ljc)taraljc on 11th December 2008 05:09 (UTC)
Hey, "Willy" is a really nice guy. I used to go hear bedlam play every time I was up at RenFest. In fact, I know a lot of folks who were in that trailer *lolz*.
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Alysealymid on 11th December 2008 04:06 (UTC)
to my husband and I its always been Patterson Joseph.
ljc: penguin mug of AWESOMEtaraljc on 11th December 2008 04:13 (UTC)
Alas, he's already the Marquis de Carabas inside my head.
Alysealymid on 12th December 2008 00:11 (UTC)
I think that is *why* we liked him for the Phooka . . .
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Rhi: oh my my; oh hell yes: Martha Jonesrhipowered on 11th December 2008 04:10 (UTC)
That's some really lovely art, that.
Carbonelcarbonel on 11th December 2008 04:30 (UTC)
FWIW, Emma said that her version of the phouka looked like Prince.
ljc: truly outrageoustaraljc on 11th December 2008 05:10 (UTC)
oh dear.

Then again, it was the 1980s. Who am I to judge? (Note icon).
st_aurafinast_aurafina on 11th December 2008 05:41 (UTC)
Ooh, that's lovely. I love that book so much. I'm giving it to my little sister this year for her birthday. And look, all the clothes are back in fashion again.
wemblee: my fandom has been co-opted by a corporawemblee on 11th December 2008 05:48 (UTC)
Eeeee, I love that book! Though I would actually love Naveen Andrews (Sayid on Lost) as the Phouka. :DDD
ljc: loxleytaraljc on 11th December 2008 06:02 (UTC)
When I first read it, I think Michael Praed was my Willy Silder. I can't rememebr who mu Puca was, tho. But I concur, re: Naveen.
Jen Atheneathenejen on 11th December 2008 06:06 (UTC)
Oh, that's awesome -- fun casting, and totally gorgeous. War for the Oaks is one of my very favorite books (I think I own... maybe 4 copies of it? Including the screenplay).
ljc: mrs darlingtaraljc on 11th December 2008 19:36 (UTC)
I have the original paperback I bought in 1991, the reprint trade, and the screenplay. I may have had a loaner copy, but if I did, it's... erm... loaned out.
Evangreenmansgrove on 11th December 2008 17:21 (UTC)
Other people over the years that I'd thought would have made a good Phouka, besides Patterson Joseph (who, when I first saw him in Neverwhere, I immediately said "Phouka!!!"):
John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau... Can't think of any others off the top of my head, though.

Having watched the short on YouTube last night(http://youtube.com/watch?v=qCmgUccD71I), it occurs to me that the gentleman that they cast to play the Phouka in that does bear some resemblance to Patterson Joseph. For some reason, I think that I'd always thought that they were the same actor.

I'm curious to know who you'd cast as Hedge... Since I've always had kind of a connection to that character myself.

And I have NO idea who I'd cast as Edi these days, though I used to think that Lori Petty (Tank Girl) would have made a good choice.
ljc: SCC (connors)taraljc on 11th December 2008 17:30 (UTC)
Hedge is tough. You need a skinny kid with lots of hair who plays bass like a demon, and mumbles. I don't know if I cast it in my head at the time, but now I'm thinking Thomas Dekker, only with last year's hair.

Carla, however, is easy. Natalie Morales.
JackieKjonojackiekjono on 11th December 2008 19:11 (UTC)
random claim to fame.
There was going to be a War for the Oaks movie at one point. They got partway through filming before they gave up.

I am an extra in a bar scene.
ljc: further than you thinktaraljc on 11th December 2008 19:31 (UTC)
Re: random claim to fame.
My friends Jon & Christina Neitz are in the big swordfight I think!
Evangreenmansgrove on 11th December 2008 20:45 (UTC)
Re: random claim to fame.
I had always heard that what had been filmed was meant to be a proof of concept piece, designed to show around to studios and say "See? This is what we want to do!"

Of course, what I had always heard was at least third or fourth hand, so take that with a tanker truck of salt.