Casting Fire: Fancasting Jeremy Davies as Beetee
You asked us to do more ‘Catching Fire’ cast predictions, and we answered! Each week up until official ‘Catching Fire’ castings are announced, the staff of Mockingjay.net will be running a series called ‘Casting Fire’, taking a look at potential casting choices for other ‘Catching Fire’ characters. Today we’re kicking off our first piece on Beetee with Jeremy Davies.
I love Jeremy Davies as an actor, but I don’t like the idea of him playing Beetee. He’s too young. Maybe if he was twenty years older, I’d be totally on board, but as it stands now, I just can’t see it. He’s a great character actor, though, and I wish there was a role in the movies that he could fill. I just don’t think it’s Beetee. Plus, I think the character is too similar to his character on Lost, and that loses the appeal to me.
I apologise to any massive Jeremy Davies fans out there but he annoys me in every single thing I’ve seen him in! At first I thought it was just his cowardly character in Saving Private Ryan, until he cropped up again in Dogville and Solaris. Watch the unwatchable Million Dollar Hotel and I guarantee you’ll want to punch him in the face. It’s just his performances are never exactly subtle and I can always see the seams of his acting (if that made any sense to anyone else). I never believe him in any role, he really irritates me and I’d be gunning for Beetee to get it in the arena if he was played by Jeremy Davies! Please God no… was that too harsh? I’m sorry if I’m being too harsh!
I’ve mentioned repeatedly what a crazy LOSTie I am and I loved his Daniel Faraday, but I think Jeremy Davies looks a little too young for the part. He certainly could do it since he’s 43 years old, but he just looks younger than that and the Beetee in my head has always been around 50-60 years old. It doesn’t help that my top pick for Beetee is another cast member from LOST, who we will cover next week!
Although I think Jeremy Davies would make a great Beetee (albiet a bit younger than I imagined), I don’t think I’d be able to watch him without thinking “Yep, that’s Daniel Faraday.” While his LOST character is very different from Beetee, the fact that they’re both awkward genuises on the beach would be too great of a similarity for me.
Whether or not he’ll be considered, I pictured Jeremy Davies as Beetee when I read the series. Beetee was pretty similar to Lost’s Daniel Faraday (Oxford physicist, super smart, time travel guy). Though Jeremy showed great range on the show, he’s typecast in my mind as a true Beetee, through and through. The similarity of being a technical dude with a touch of social awkwardness on a deadly desert island pretty much seals the deal.
I’m not going to lie, I haven’t really seen any of his work to assess his acting style and how well it would fit with Beetee as a character. I don’t really feel I can judge this particular one… Going off looks alone I’d say that he’s not how I personally imagined Beetee but I know that they can totally change how a person looks to fit with the character’s image; I mean look at how different Jennifer looked with brown hair and that was only a hair colour change!
The only movie I’ve seen Jeremy Davies in is Saving Private Ryan, so he has that sort of stuttering mannerism down pat. I don’t think he really looks the part, the Beetee in my mind has a round, kinder, inquisitive face. Based on recent photos he looks a bit too hardened and ‘battle weary’ to play Beetee, I know he is a survivor of the games, but my impressions of Beetee have him absorbed in his inventions and very bookish, and though rather socially inept he is quite friendly with Katniss. Although there is the whole ‘mad scientist’ element as well, which it looks like Jeremy could do.
Next week, we’ll be discussing actor Michael Emerson.