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Supraliminal Dreamcast – Mega Man

How cool would it be to make anything you want into a movie? You could pick an old video game or book that you loved as a kid. That’s the idea behind Supraliminal Dreamcast.

My first attempt will be a classic video game with several memorable characters, the original Mega Man. There are 10 roles that need to be filled. The titular character Mega Man, his sister Roll, their creator Dr. Light, his rival Dr. Wiley, and his 6 evil minions: Ice Man, Fire Man, Guts Man, Bomb Man, Cut Man, and Elect Man.

Mega Man – When it came to picking a main protagonist for a Mega Man film, my mind immediately went to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. A movie based on a comic book that’s based on a video game thematic. This seemed like a nice route until I thought about Michael Cera in the lead role. That would have made me crazy watching it, so I couldn’t use him as my dream cast lead. My next thought went to Daniel Radcliffe, but I didn’t think Dr. Light would program a British Mega Man. This led me to a clip I saw of all the Harry Potter kids trying American Accents. Most of them were pretty terrible, except one that was quite fantastic. Tom Felton – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0271657/ – or as most fans or the HP series know him, Draco Malfoy. His turn in Rise of the Planet of the Apes is what made me feel he’d perform well as an American robot. He’s on his way to big things in Hollywood, and I think he fits well as the blue super fighting robot.

Dr. Light – This one came much more quickly than Mega Man. My first thought was to use someone who looked like George Lucas, but seeing as he isn’t an actor, I had to look elsewhere. I felt that Jeff Bridges – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000313/ – would be great in the role. He can certainly pull off the look with a bit of whiter hair and the same bushy beard that he had in Iron Man. Anyone would feel great to see him as the father figure to our robotic hero.

Dr. Wiley – You need someone crazy, or at least one who can act that way, if you want to portray Dr. Wiley in his full evil genius. Kevin Spacey – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000228/ – has played some of the craziest people in Hollywood. His role in Horrible Bosses was fantastic, and though a bit over the top his Lex Luthor was quite insane.

Guts Man – None of the evil robots came easy. I decided to try to focus on one attribute for each and get that onto the screen. Guts Man is a very intimidating presence. His size and strength are what make him hard for Mega Man to face. Ray Stevenson – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0829032/ – seems to fit into that role rather nicely. His roles in Punisher: War Zone and Thor would make for the perfect combination.

Cut Man – I felt as if this role called for a somewhat sadistic tone and for some reason every time I tried to think of how it should be played, I thought of Clamps from Futurama. It took a little while for me to settle on Joseph Gordon-Levitt – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330687/ – who is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s leading men. He could easily pull off this role, and I felt like his voice could bring what I want to the role.

Elec Man – I wanted a high energy actor for this role, and I went back to my first thought for Mega Man. No, I didn’t choose Michael Cera; I went with one of the evil exes, Chris Evans – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0262635/ who pulled off a similar role in Johnny Storm.

Bomb Man – This one had to be a bit crazy. To play a character whose main joy in his existence is to blow up things might be hard for some actors to pull off. I chose Sam Rockwell – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005377/ – for this because he has played some crazy and some very excitable characters in his life. Put Wild Bill from The Green Mile with Zaphod Beeblebrox from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy together and I think you’ve got a winning combination.

Fire Man – I wanted anger in this role while having a bit of stoicism as well. My pick here was Adam Baldwin – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000284/ – the man they call Jayne. Watching Firefly and Chuck makes me feel that he can kill with a stare or with a large amount of fire power. That is all I need when it comes to the Man on Fire.

Ice Man – I wanted this character to speak a bit slower and still get his point across as a threat to Mega Man. He also needed to be an actor who was willing to do a lot of work in a parka. While Kurt Russell would be a good choice based on The Thing, I wanted to use someone a little bit closer in age to some of the other evil bots. That led me to Chris Pine – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1517976/ – who was parka-clad in Star Trek and has a somewhat fledgling career that’s beginning to take off. I can see him being a somewhat quiet yet deadly villain, much like Fire Man.

Roll – This is a role I nearly forgot until I started writing this. I’m not overly familiar with younger female actresses, so I had to think on this for a few minutes. I chose to go a bit younger than our leading bot. Taylor Spreitler – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1837588/ – who plays Lennox Scanlon on Melissa & Joey, looks the part. She has shown a bit of comedic acting chops, and I feel like this could fit in nicely with the male dominated cast this film demands.

So there are my choices for Supraliminal Dreamcast – Mega Man. I can see this film being a lot of fun to watch in addition to make. Feel free to add in your thoughts about why I’m wrong, and please give your choices for any of these roles.

 

Jayrod

Supraliminal Films

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