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le Grande Quartier General Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 4:39 p.m. PST

If you were Stephen Spielberg (meaning your company has access to every SAG card holder anywhere) how would you begin the casting process for a film of Waterloo? Which (ugh term) 'A' list actors do you start offering the part to, wondering who is interested? Who among the plethora of brillant character actors do call for auditions? Let some names come up :)

ColonelToffeeApple Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 4:45 p.m. PST

Tom Hanks as Blucher.

ColonelToffeeApple Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 4:47 p.m. PST

Kevin Spacey as Napoleon

ColonelToffeeApple Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 4:47 p.m. PST

Alec Baldwin as Wellington.

ColonelToffeeApple Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 4:49 p.m. PST

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Ney.

The Gray Ghost21 Jun 2013 4:50 p.m. PST

Rod Steiger as Napoleon

HistoryPhD Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 4:53 p.m. PST

Given that Steiger has been dead for 11 years, I'm guessing he'll be unavailable

Roderick Robertson Fezian21 Jun 2013 5:20 p.m. PST

Danny DeVito as Napoleon

The Gray Ghost21 Jun 2013 6:02 p.m. PST

and how long has Napoleon been dead?

enfant perdus21 Jun 2013 6:06 p.m. PST

Jude Law as Wellington

Armin Müller-Stahl as Blücher.

Last Hussar21 Jun 2013 6:16 p.m. PST

Couldn't we get an actor to play Wellington, rather than the above suggestions. Obviously Benedict Cumberbatch.

Arnie as Blucher.

le Grande Quartier General Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 6:38 p.m. PST

Wow- Armin as Blucher- excellent idea

le Grande Quartier General Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 6:43 p.m. PST

Benedict Cumberbatch. Can you give me a link to some previous work? I only ask because as an American I really don't know- part of our handicap.

Wizard Whateley21 Jun 2013 6:46 p.m. PST

Tom Cruise as Napoleon

le Grande Quartier General Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 6:49 p.m. PST

Never mind- you are right- that 'kid' could play a middle-aged
Wellington. Great range of haughty expressions :)

le Grande Quartier General Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 6:51 p.m. PST

It can't be Tom, because it needs to be Napoleon, not Tom, as Tom well knows.

dam0409 Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 7:16 p.m. PST

Robert Di Niro as Napoleon

enfant perdus21 Jun 2013 7:37 p.m. PST

Couldn't we get an actor to play Wellington, rather than the above suggestions. Obviously Benedict Cumberbatch.

As God is my witness, I first considered Cumberbatch, but I couldn't get past those cheekbones. With regards to the bona fides of Mr. Law, I quote Sean Penn, "Jude Law is one of our most talented actors." Now, Penn may be a humorless, self-important douchenozzle, but he's no slouch when it comes to the thespianic milieu, and in this case I think he's mostly right.

enfant perdus21 Jun 2013 7:42 p.m. PST

Napoleon was tough, but I think I found him. The right balance of good actor and "close enough" in terms of appearance.

Colm Feore


enfant perdus21 Jun 2013 7:58 p.m. PST

Ney is tough. He would require an actor of consummate skill to carry the role, and the fact that he was a distinctive looking fellow doesn't make it any easier. But then I thought, "Who is supremely talented at completely disappearing into a role, has depth and subtlety, and also owns acres of forehead."

Answer: Gary Oldman



Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 8:12 p.m. PST

Justin Bieber. He will be box office magic!

Runicus Fasticus Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 8:23 p.m. PST

no…he needs to be some poor English foot soldier that gets a Lance in the face then trampled by a lot of cavalry.

vtsaogames21 Jun 2013 8:23 p.m. PST

Another try with a shorter URL for a picture:

Joaquin Phoenix looks a lot like him, right age, has been known to act well.


wrgmr121 Jun 2013 9:44 p.m. PST



Jean Reno.


Personal logo Unlucky General Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 10:06 p.m. PST

If John Woo was in charge we could have Vin Diesel as Wellington, Schwartzenegger as Blucher with Jean-Claude Van Damme as Napoleon.

vtsaogames22 Jun 2013 6:24 a.m. PST

And more blood than was shed in the actual battle.

enfant perdus22 Jun 2013 7:34 a.m. PST

Jean Reno is (approximately) eight feet tall! Napoleon was of average height. We can't have him towering over the Grognards!

STEVE LBMS Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2013 7:52 a.m. PST

Mike Myers as Napoleon,
Sir Ian Mackellen as Blucher (Or John Hurt)
Daniel Day Lewis would be able to do a good Wellington.

Greystreak22 Jun 2013 2:08 p.m. PST

Although Dutch, Rutger Hauer is now the perfect age to play Blucher, and would have fun doing it. grin

George Krashos23 Jun 2013 1:50 a.m. PST

Liam Neeson has to play Picton.

Edwulf24 Jun 2013 8:25 a.m. PST

That bloke who played Wellington in the first two Sharpes was a good fit for Welly. Might be too old now though.

Jude law is a baby face.

It's a tough one now. I'd have Hugh Jackman as Wellington. Max Von Sydow as Blucher (not dead is he?) if he can't then Christopher Lee.

For the big man… The Devil Himself. Napoleon.

Anthony Hopkins maybe. Need some hair dye though.
With Rod Stiegar, John Candy, James Gandolfini all dead very few would look the part. Jack Black? But he's crap.
Gerard Depardieu just wouldn't look right. Harvey Keitel?

Edwulf24 Jun 2013 8:58 a.m. PST

Belushi!! The one that's not dead.

Edwulf24 Jun 2013 9:12 a.m. PST

Ney should be played by a Frenchman. It's only right and proper.
Vincent Cassel.
Really he'd be a better Murat I think. But he's not there. Red wig. Boom. Jobs a good un.

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