Born of cold and winter air
And mountain rain combining
This icy force, both foul and fair
Has a frozen heart worth mining
Cut through the heart, cold and clear
Strike for love and strike for fear
There’s beauty and there’s danger here
Split the ice apart
Beware the frozen heart. . .
I didn’t really register those lyrics in the opening of Disney’s Frozen the first time I saw it. I enjoyed the music of it – I do recall being impressed by the use of a men’s choir and the overall sound of this song as their opening number. After getting the soundtrack, however, and listening to the lyrics themselves, it really struck me how smart this song is; in and of itself, the lyrics are well written and the musicality of the piece is quite pleasing, but setting it at the top of the film frames the story and tells us, the audience, right up front, that there is a certain sense of understanding between the people of Arendale and their harsh, winter climate. What’s more, it essentially explains the theme and story that the movie is about to show.
A list, made back in 2010, by someone else – not me, rather one Jordacar – of a proposed cast, should Disney’s Gargoyles ever make it to the big screen for a live-action feature film. No kidding either: this is a complete cast list. I agree with about 90% of the choices made, but some are better than others.
Among my favorite choices in this list are:
Neil Patrick Harris as Puck. Absolutely, without a doubt, YES. This seems like such a good match that I’m speculating as to what Harris would be like as Puck in the actual Shakespearean context. In the Gargoyles ‘verse, though, there is no question that he would be fantastic.
Seth Rogen as Broadway. Whoa! I am not usually much of a fan of Seth Rogen, but I actually find that this suggestion is a damn good one; if he took the part seriously – and probably even if he didn’t – this would most likely be a really good fit. His voice alone matches Bill Fagerbakke‘s from the show almost perfectly.
Brian Cox as Hudson. Not who I would have thought of on my own, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. No one can argue that Cox is badass, which I think whoever plays Hudson needs to be.
Anton Yelchin as Lexington. I’ve never been able to think of anyone to play Lex, but Yelchin would be perfect.
Sarah Bolger as Princess Katherine. I became a big fan of Sarah Bolger in The Tudors and I can easily see her in this role; she clearly understands how to step into a period setting, and I Katherine is different enough from Mary Tudor that even though the two would be compared, I think the two performances would stand apart.
Aldis Hodge as Glasses. This is awesome. Even though the likelihood of Dracon and his cronies being featured in a Gargoyles film is slim to none, I have to say that, just for this casting, they should all have cameos, if not an active participation.
Michael Ealy as Derek Maza / Talon. If Elisa is played by Rosario Dawson, then I think the two of them could easily play brother and sister – and that’s important.
Enrico Colantoni as Martin Hacker. Big fan; and this would be a slam dunk. Again, unlikely Hacker would show up in a film, but still. Colantoni would be perfect.
Jayma Mays as Maggie Reed. Yes. Yes, indeed.
Adam Baldwin as Fang. It’s basically an evil Jayne Cobb in animal form. ‘Nuff said.
Richard Armitage as Duncan. Uh, yes please!
Vincent Cassel as Oberon. Oh, hell yeah!
I think, too, that Tom Hiddleston should be in there somewhere; possibly as Magus, Owen or maybe even Xanatos (which would be a stretch, but I think he could pull it off). He could also probably play Puck really well, but I think that’d be too close to type-casting. You know, Puck being a trickster and all. Plus, Neil Patrick Harris is too perfect.
The ones don’t especially agree with:
Garrett Hedlund as Brooklyn. NO way! No disrespect meant, but I just cannot see that. I don’t think he’s a bad actor or anything, it’s just not the right fit. He’s a little too old, for starters, and I just can’t see it.
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Magus. My only real problem with this casting choice is (a) I think Hiddleston might be much better for it, and (b) if Sarah Bolger plays Princess Katherine, then it’d be awfully weird to have the actor who played her father on The Tudors play her love interest in this. Just…*shudder*…creepy, you know?
Liam Neeson as Macbeth. Uh…what? I love Neeson as an actor but, again, that just screams the wrong fit to me.