Casting Fire: Fancasting David Tennant as Beetee
Continuing Week 4 of our ‘Catching Fire’ fancast series Casting Fire, this Wednesday we take a look at David Tennant for the role of Beetee. I told you this week was random!
David is best known for his role in ‘Dr Who’, but he has recently lent his voice to ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’ as well as ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, among many short appearances in various TV series. Our opinions were pretty unanimous this week, with none of us fans, but perhaps there are some Tennant supporters out there?
I’m not gonna win any fans here, oh well must be honest, possibly the most over-acting, overrated actor of his generation. I want David Tennant nowhere near the cast of Catching Fire. I haven’t forgiven him for playing the most irritating Hamlet I’ve ever seen on stage (3 hours of being irritated and surrounded by people is not fun) and like a repressed memory, I still find it difficult to come to terms with Barty Crouch Jr from Goblet of Fire… I mean, what was that?!
Just like Erin, I’ve only ever seen David Tennant in Goblet of Fire and therefore I find it a bit hard to let go of the villain in him. I know that sounds silly since I’m such a big backer of Michael Emerson since Ben was such a villain on LOST, but he ended up redeeming himself. And I know I’m an embarrassment to sci-fi fans for not having seen a single episode of Dr. Who, but that probably also contributes to why I’m not much of a Tennant supporter.
The only role I’ve ever seen David Tennant in is when he played Barty Junior in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.’ I do think he looks a bit young to be Beetee, but if he can pull off awkward and nerdy the way he pulled off deranged and creepy in the Potter moive, then I think he might work out. However, looking at his resume on IMDB, it looks like he’s quite busy at the moment.
I have never seen David Tennant in a single thing, not even Harry Potter (I know, I know!) so sorry but I’m going to have to base it off looks this week. To me he just doesn’t look the part, a bit too gangly/lanky/weedy for my liking. I’m not saying Beetee is a portly fellow, but I certainly imagine him to have a nicer, rounder face, not the harsh lines I see on David. Looking at the photos of David on IMDB, he always seems to be frowning/scowling, and its almost like he really only has the one facial expression. I guess he does look like a mad scientist, but I don’t want Beetee to look so creepy.