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JohnnyG

Registered: 10/30/11
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I have read all the Harry Bosch Novels now, except the new one.  I wondered who would play a great Harry Bosch. I have decided that Chris Noth would play an excellent Harry Bosch. In his role on Law and Order, Noth brings to mind the lone wolf Bosch. His challenge to the status quo and unwillingness to compromise for political advantage, make him a great choice for playing Bosch.  What do you all think???
Jackmeister

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I wouldn't mind Chris Noth, I do like him in Law & Order and he's probably one of the better suggestions, but I think he's too tall.

I like Clive Owen, but I can't recall how tall he is.

How about David Boreanaz?

But It probably should be someone not known for something else.

 
JohnnyG

Registered: 10/30/11
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Just wondering if you know how tall Bosch is  supposed to be? I thought he was around 6 ft or 6'2''.  It would be interesting to research that.
When I was talking about Chris Noth, I was referring to him particularly in his character as played and developed on Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Watch the last episode he was in called:  Last Rites.  He showed especially strong Bosch traits. However, I am willing to consider other actors.
Perhaps you are right. Maybe it should be someone new and unknown. I believe that Noth's characterization of Mike Logan in LNW:CI is a very close character type to how I visualize Bosch.
Hopefully, we will see a series of movies with Bosch, especially if they are done with the quality of the Lincoln Lawyer.  It is tremendously difficult to bring a book to the screen and do justice to it. However, if Connelly is working with the producers, it would be a great start.
I will ponder this "who" for Bosch idea more.



Jackmeister

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He's described as a few inches short of 6 foot and wiry.
I would love a TV series with Harry as main character, that would be awesome.
JohnnyG

Registered: 10/30/11
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I would love to watch a tv series based upon Bosch. I would look forward to every new episode.  Unfortunately, I have read all the Michael Connelly novels.  I am looking forward to The Drop coming out soon.
I think if the series followed Bosch from the beginning, it could last quite awhile. A series that treated each book like a mini series would be better able to do the books justice. 

philshaw

Registered: 11/03/11
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I agree with the above post - Clive Owen would be a great man to play Bosch.   From reading the books I think they would all make great films.  I think the answer to this is no, but has there been a film made from any of the Bosch books?

browneyedgirrl

Registered: 11/12/11
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I think that Clive Owen would probably do a good job...however Chris Cooper has my vote!!!

harrysmyguy

Registered: 11/26/11
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All these actors mentioned sound great . . . . what do you think of Ray Liotta playing Harry Bosch?  I picture Harry as tough, rough around the edges, he knows and fights for right vs. wrong, fights some demons of his own, has a big heart, tries to be a good single father, loyal, smart, and a little edgy at the same time . . . etc. . . . Ray could be good at this. 
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carver

Registered: 12/02/11
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It would be hard to find the perfect Harry Bosch seeing as they're so many qualifying candidates to step up for the role in film. I should be left up to Michael himself to choose the actor but unfortunately that's not how it works in the tv and film industry. So keep posting actors and perhaps one of them will get chosen!

joeybudke

Registered: 12/07/11
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I'm dying to see Harry come to the big screen yet apprehensive that some Hollywood idiot screws it up for me.

 

Here are the qualities, in MY mind, that need to be developed in order to pull off this character on the big screen.

 

- Internal strength/character of having seen everything and become somewhat numb to things that would give the rest of us PTSD, developed in the tunnels of Vietnam.

 

-A confident (not arrogant) ability to be confrontational without LOOKING confrontational.

 

-Strays from the spotlight and intentionally under the radar because it's a better way to get things done with that “lone wolf” quality JohnnyG mentioned in his post.

 

In my mind the perfect "looking" type of actor that fits Harry, in MY mind, has to be Rade Serbedzija

 

 http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2285604352/nm0784884

 

There are a few exceptions to this picture. He wouldn't have as much of the filled out beard. It would be more than that crappy "Miami Vice" thing but less than what is pictured. I do see longer, un-kept, oily type of hair but less brushed back and more hanging over the front.

 

This actor ("The Saint", "Snatch", "Before the Rain"), in my mind, carries that internal conflict, non aggressive but effective way.

 

There are a few problems with this actor; his accent. I've never seen him in a movie without the Russian accent. Can he curve it to a SOCAL/Vietnam era? Does he have the chops to make the character work? I'm not sure, but visually he would be the perfect fit, for me.

 

After reading a few of the other options given by the others before I think a few guys can pull it off.

 

Russell Crowe. Initially, he didn't cross my mind, but that internal conflict we've seen in "The Insider" and "LA Confidential" would fit the bill and his star power could get this (these) movie(s) made. He would also be around for awhile and be able to do multiple movies as bosh ages. The question is would he stick around to make a few movies? Who knows?

 

James Franco. He is a little young. He'd have to put on a little weight and work a little more on the internal conflict because I didn't think he quite pulled it off in both of the "Spiderman" movies.

 

Ray Liotta. Doesn't have the chops to play the character from what I've seen. He also seems to be too polished, internally. I’m not sure if anyone is going to know what that means, but Harry has the feel of a good belt that has been worn down with time and circumstance, but you can't let a day go by without wearing it. Ray, to me, is too much of a “newer” belt.

 

Chris Cooper. Grow the hair out a little and he just might be the guy! I could see him do it in my mind but I’d be concerned about him because his characters can be loud and boisterous. It would could easily cross to confrontational looking/acting.  

 
Clive Owen. I’m sorry. I know a lot of you like this guy, and I do, too. But I can’t get it out of my mind that he is too proper and British. He carries it with him and I don’t think he could shake it for the character.

 

Chris Noth. He’s too big. I loved him on “Law and Order”, especially the made-for-TV movie about him being exiled to Staton Island. I see it inside of him but I’m afraid that it would become “Mike Logan” instead of “Harry Bosch.” Again, if he ended up with the role, I’d still see the movie and chalk it up as creative freedom.

 

There is one person that just came to mind who I think could do it all. Robert Downey Jr. He has some personal demons that he can tap into plus he's a top notch actor. The only backside would be his flippant, smart ass attitude he brings to each character he plays. That would have to go. Take a mixture of the two pictures:

 

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm377074432/nm0000375

 

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm688304640/nm0000375

 

Grow a little more facial hair and with some gray mixed on his head and  cheap suit. It's possible.  

 

There are two people that I PRAY are NEVER considered for this role: Sean Penn and Ben Affleck.

 

Sean has the look and the chops but he's such a hippie-minded, political, assh*le that I would never go see it but i would keep reading the books.

 

Ben . . . sigh. He is such a complete waste of time I think I would not only keep away from the movie but I would stop reading the series and move to the mountains to survive off of plants and bear droppings. If you're reading this, Mr. Connelly, please don't allow this to happen. Sean I could deal with, sort of. But Ben would single handedly tear down this empire you have built. Please, please, please do not ruin that which we wish to protect!

 

Jackmeister

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Wow! joeybudke, you sure have put a lot of thought into who should play Harry, can't see Rade Serbedzija playing him, not from that picture anyway, I never thought of Robert Downey Jr before, but he could pull it off for sure. I totally agree about Sean Penn, he would be a disaster, it scares me to think of him getting the role. I was a Clive Owen fan for Harry, but now I'm in the Billy Burke for Harry Bosch club, what do you think of Billy Burke, you didn't mention him.

joeybudke

Registered: 12/07/11
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Billy Burke? I never thought of him. Actually, as I looked through some of his IMDb pictures I think he could pull it off. It's the look and he's not a common name that would ruin the series (Sean Penn).

 

The only thing I've seen him in is Twilight (don't judge me, I have 3 daughters) and I like the connection. He might be the guy. I think they if they were to make a move with Matthew McConaughey being the big ticket actor, I think Billy Burke would work.

makedavis

Registered: 12/08/11
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I vote for Josh Brolin. He's go the look and the acting ability. The success of any Bosch series for me would depend on who plays Bosch. If the actor is not right it won't work.

joeybudke

Registered: 12/07/11
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Josh Brolin! Yes. I loved him in "No Country For Old Men" and I think he would fit well. Though he's not as wiery as I would think he should be. Though that can be fixed by a can of tuna and a apple a day . . . and nothing else.

Jackmeister

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I looked up Josh Brolin on IMDB, Yes, he could be Harry, I agree about the importance of choosing the right actor for Harry, maybe that's part of the reason we don't have Harry Bosch movies yet.

barbara5290

Registered: 12/10/11
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If Sean Penn played Harry, I would personally have to burn down the theater. Sorry. No way.


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barbara5290

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I always pictured Bosche as looking like William Peterson. I don't know why. Is it because Connally looks a little like him?
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barbara5290

Registered: 12/10/11
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I looked up Clive Owen. He does have a Boschy look about him. I've just finished The Drop so I'm obsessed. This is one of the best Bosch books. He's concentrated Bosch from the get-go. And it's hard to guess the outcome of the main case.  
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barbara5290

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Ray Liotta looks like my Bosch too sometimes. But I don't know .

Russell Crowe has the gravitas, and the looks, and a good voice. He would be good. Bosch ought to be a little bit sexy. My gosh, look at all the women who have fallen for him. He's got something.

 So not Chris Cooper. James Franco is too snarky and too young. 

 


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Harryboschfan

Registered: 12/31/11
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When I saw Lincoln Lawyer, I thought to myself "who are they going to cast as Harry Bosch?" and "they better be careful" because it's such an important character. We, the readers, all have some picture in our mind of who he is. I can't think of an actor who could portray HB because I have an image in my mind of who he is. I can't identify anyone else with who I think HB is. I thought of the actors that you have all suggested but I think he is older - pushing 60 now and a bit craggy. If they cast a hot young stud, I'll die! I would love to see HB come to the big screen - as long as they do it right!

jime313

Registered: 01/11/12
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when i first thought about this i thought of (Olive Owen) then someone mentioned (Jon Hamm) and i think the if he did a goood job with the acting he certinly has the look that i had in my head.

Raunchy

Registered: 01/13/12
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I've read all of them also.  I'm starting again, and must have forgotten the physical description in 'Black Echo'.  So all this time, I was picturing someone like Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), Michael Cudlitz (Southland) or Brent Sexton (The Killing).  I was picturing HB as being bigger and stockier, so I was disappointed to reread that he's wiry and has curly hair.  Now I've gotta change my whole thought process when I picture him. 
EdianneL

Registered: 05/21/11
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Well, I just watched another Jesse Stone film with Tom Selleck. Yeah, it surprised me too, but he could actually carry the role. Sure, the hair isn't there anymore and the eyes aren't the right color (Harry's are very dark) and it's getting a bit late in the game for him, but that's what the make-up department handles. Consider the casting for Lincoln Lawyer,  Haller is described as resembling his Latino mother. It didn't get in the way of his portrayal.
If anybody here has read the Hamish Macbeth series, the character is about 6 and half feet tall with bright red hair and he was played on British TV by Robert Carlyle.
This is going to take more thought.
TulsaRose

Registered: 01/20/12
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Since Harry will celebrate his 62nd birthday in 2012 it will have to be a more mature actor to carry off the portrayal.  Also consider that as a tunnel rat in "Nam, he would probably be shorter\wirier build than average.  Those guys had to go through some really tight places.

Wikipedia has a good Harry Bosch Bibliography  web page.

Considering his excellent dramatic acting chops, I've always pictured Robin Williams in the role of Harry.  Putting aside any preconceived ideas you may have of him from the Mork & Mindy days, he has become a wonderful actor.

Rosie


tallbrunette

Registered: 02/16/11
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Originally Posted by JohnnyG
I have read all the Harry Bosch Novels now, except the new one.  I wondered who would play a great Harry Bosch. I have decided that Chris Noth would play an excellent Harry Bosch. In his role on Law and Order, Noth brings to mind the lone wolf Bosch. His challenge to the status quo and unwillingness to compromise for political advantage, make him a great choice for playing Bosch.  What do you all think???


Wow, I never thought of Chris Noth, but why not.  He and Chris Cooper have my vote.  It has to be a seasoned actor, since like some one else mentioned, Bosch is in his late 50's.  How about another suggestion: Vincent D'Onofrio.
 
I have a caught up book, I am on now:  The Reversal.  With a forward or thank you to Dennis Wojakowski.   WHO IS THIS PERSON?
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