Casting Fire: Fan-casting George Harris as Plutarch
George Harris is a 62 year old British actor, best known for his roles in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Layer Cake and as Kingsley Shacklebolt in Harry Potter.
Nothing against George Harris, he’s not a bad actor and a lovely man but I was hoping for a bit more of an established character actor for Plutarch, especially when it comes to his Gamemaker hand in Mockingjay. I want to see the workings of the war and propaganda tactician behind the eyes. And when I look at Harris all I see is the powerful, steady presence of Kingsley Shaklebolt.
I’m not really sure why, but ever since I read Catching Fire, I’ve had George Harris in my head as Plutarch, though when someone suggested Stephen Fry a couple of weeks ago I immediately thought he was a great fit as well. It might be because at that banquet Plutarch was described as wearing purple, I can’t even remember, and maybe that made me tie Plutarch together with Kingsley Shacklebolt. Either way, I’ve felt his deep voice and sympathetic face was a great fit for him being a secret rebel from the Capitol. It probably wouldn’t happen due to him being from Harry Potter, but if it ended up being him, you won’t hear complaints from me.
I know George Harris primarily through his Harry Potter role as Kingsley Shacklebolt, and I think he would do an incredible job as our new Head Gamemaker. I picture Plutarch as someone who exudes confidence, charisma, arrogance, and charm, who has an imposing presence and can pull off a stern intensity yet have a smile that lights up a room. If I can’t have Denzel Washington in this role, please give me George Harris!
I’ve seen ‘Black Hawk Down’ but I can only vaguely remember him playing a Somali warlord. I was also surprised to learn he was Captain Katanga in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ I think George very much looks the part, he has a very regal and imposing look about him, yet also a kindness as well (like Erin said he does have a nice smile). I can definitely see him playing the sauve game maker whose motives are initially unclear. His schedule is free too