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Friday, September 11, 2009

God May Well Turn In His Grave


Pic of the Week, and then some, courtesy of Busted Flush (where the prologue to TOWER has just been posted). Jason Statham, Ken Bruen and Elliott Lester (director) on the set on Blitz in London …
  And while we’re on the topic of Ken Bruen – is anyone else buying Dominic West as Jack Taylor? He seems a little too young, handsome and clean-cut to play Jack, methinks.

12 comments:

Tony said...

God bless Guvnor Bruen!
He's on top of the world, not before time!
Tony

Donna said...

That is such a brilliant picture. And Ken has his arm round Jason Statham - no WONDER he looks happy! Whoops, sorry, just got a bit carried away there.

And no, Dec, I don't picture Dominic West as Jack Taylor. Definitely too young and good looking - but... there's something which tells me he'll do a good job. I think he will FEEL like Jack, even if he doesn't LOOK like him.

Alan Griffiths said...

The early "White Arrest" Brant novels were my first introduction to Ken's work. The man is a genius and fully deserves all the accolades. And doesn’t he look happy. And why not!

Corey Wilde said...

Wow, the tremors can probably be felt in the Vatican!

Declan Burke said...

Personally, I think the only person to play Jack Taylor is Ken Bruen. Seriously.

Gerard Brennan said...

Dec - Bruen as Taylor, that would be pure class.

Love this photo BTW.

Cheers

gb

Dana King said...

The real question is whether West is a good enough actor to pull it off. McNulty had some Jack Taylor elements in him, but, yes, he's much younger. On the other hand, I couldn't imagine Casey Affleck as Patrick Kenzie until I saw GONE BABY GONE, and he was excellent.

Hmm, if we exclude Bruen (who would, I agree, fit the part perfectly), who would be a good choice?

seana said...

Uh, I for one am willing to live with his lack of age appropriateness...


Seriously though, he's handsome, but he's a real actor and not just a pretty face, so I'd be glad to see what he does with the role. But then, I don't have an image in my mind yet as some do, so it's not for me to say.

Kieran Shea said...

You know, if I had met a priest like Mr. Bruen there, someone with a keen sense of justice, wit, and a mastery of the metaphysical...I might not be the lapsed bastard I am today.

MysterLynch said...

I agree with Donna, I think West will feel like Taylor. Lord knows he proved he can play a drunken bastard (see THE WIRE).

seana said...

Oh, I've seen the Wire, so I'm not worried.

Ali Karim said...

Wonderful photo, ken as the priest, woah, very cool

Ali