Casting Fire: Fancasting Peter MacNicol as Beetee
With Finding Finnick Odair now over, we’re back into fancasting for other characters such as Beetee. This week, we’re voicing our opinions on actor Peter MacNicol, who was most recently in the summer movie Battleship. He’s primarily a TV actor, having been on shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, 24, and Ally McBeal.
Find out what we think below the cut!
I can’t see Peter MacNicholl being cast. Not that he’s a bad actor, but I always think of him as a bit of a caricature and I want Beetee to be little more human. I haven’t seen much of his previous work that’s been firmly grounded. His version of Beetee would feel just a tad over the top for my liking and I want a subtle, quiet version of the character.
I know most people will know Peter MacNichol from Boston Legal and maybe even Ally McBeal, but I still remember him as being that creepy museum dude from Ghostbusters II way back in the 1980s. He’s good at playing quirky, but I don’t know that he’s the right kind of quirky for me. I want smart and quiet quirky while he seems more like he typically plays the twitchy quirky kind of guy. He also tends to play that yelling “bad” guy politician a lot. In fact, I just saw him in that type of role in Battleship. He’s a great actor, but not the Beetee I’d choose by a long shot.
Ahhh, good old Peter MacNicol, I loved him back in the Ally McBeal days and in his role as Larry in Numb3rs. He’s certainly got a lot of the right characteristics and mannerisms, and he can definitely play a smart, intelligent man, but I have to agree with Crystal that he is just that bit too eccentric. I wouldn’t be disappointed to see Peter in the role, but I don’t think he is quite the right fit for Beetee.