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Mandag

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I think it would be really hard too see a well known actor play harry bosch. It was strange enough seeing the actors play some of the other characters. I think a relatively unknown actor would be the best thing.
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Mandag makes a good point about an unknown actor perhaps being best to play Harry.  On the other hand, I saw Iron Man 3 on Friday and I was struck that Robert Downey Jr. could play Harry if he lost the chin hair!
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These do sound good guys, but I truly feel Michael Biehn would be a perfect casting choice for Bosch.........thoughts?
kenlauburg

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I agree with T3 that Michael Biehn could be Harry Bosch.
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I was just reading the posts and was glad to see the original description of Harry from The Black Echo. Throughout the books this description agrees, with some things reenforced. One thing that is mentioned on occasion is that he is attractive to women. He isn't pretty, as many have said, but he has an attraction, he is handsome, he is lean, probably to the extent of being a bit stringy. There is toughness, but the surprising thing about the character is that he is NOT a hard case. In the first book he meets Eleanor and wonders if he will fall in love with her. This is not someone who has closed off that part of him and let it wither. Who plays him rather depends upon which book is being filmed since they happen in "real time." For a long while, since I'm about the same age, I wanted to see him played by an actor about the same age, but that doesn't work since he is coming to the end of his career. If they start at the beginning and place it in the year it was written, it should be cast accordingly. Especially if they intend to do a series, either TV or movie. I was interested to see C. Thomas Howell suggested, but again, he isn't 42.
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Hola soy de Argentina y creo que el mejor actor que podría interpretar al excelente detective Harry Bosh, rondan entre Tom Hanks, Russel Crowe o Morgan Freeman, o por lo menos esos son, desde mi punto de vista, los que lideran la lista. Gracias Saludos.
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I think Sean Penn is the best choice :)


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Apparently no one watches daytime TV soaps....  a lot of great, seasoned actors in that genre, but typically not well know to the general public. The face I see as I read Bosch stories is an actor from Days of Our Lives, Drake Hogestyn (he plays John Black on the show). His character there is played as intense but softens easily when appropriate (like with his family). He's super-smart and wiley, plus Hogestyn fits the physical description to a tee. Hogestyn has "undated" looks - with a little dye in his hair, he can look young. Sprinkle in some gray and he can play much older. (Side note, totally off-topic: I think of another daytime actor from this same soap as John Galt in the Atlas Shrugged movies:  Eric Martsolf.)
Hogestyn: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0389693/?ref_=sr_1
Martsofl: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1007605/?ref_=sr_1
(he could even be the younger Bosch - he and Hogestyn play father and son on Days)

Bottom line - don't discount daytime actors! They're good, but relatively unknown.

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Without doubt, the perfect actor should be...... Mark Ruffalo
walt

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Tom Berringer would be a good one.
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Willem Dafoe has always been in my mind while I read the Harry Bosch series.  He's 5'10, 59 years old and wiry.  His Sgt. Elias in "Platoon" was a perfect fit in my opinion as a US Army Tunnel Rat in Vietnam.  He's not a pretty boy but the women in Michael's novels want more than just a pretty face.  He's tough, but can use his intelligence to get him out of almost any predicament.
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I think that Titus Welliver is doing a great job playing Detective Harry Bosch.  For everyone who has read the Bosch novels, each person has there own idea of what Bosch looks like.  Put that aside and watch Welliver's portrayal of Harry Bosch.  He is good.
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Series was Excellent as was Welliver but surprised Bosch never uttered his motto "everyone counts or no one counts" especially in light of all the backstory references to his mother.
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I just finished a day of watching this. The cinematography was beautiful and well done.

As for Harry, I think we all have a vision of him from reading the books. My only problem was he didn't have a mustache. I always saw Harry with one.

I was also troubled with the way he walked, it was not a determined walk or a strong walk and was it intentional to show some kind of disability?

I had to laugh at the re-boot of Harry, now a Iraq Vet instead of a Vietnam vet. That should give us about 20 more years of Harry.



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Series was Excellent as was Welliver but surprised Bosch never uttered his motto "everyone counts or no one counts" especially in light of all the backstory references to his mother.


I think I saw it posted on the wall of his cubical.

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I like Titus Welliver as an actor. I enjoyed him in Deadwood. And I think he does all right as Harry Bosch.

But he is not short like an ex-tunnel rat would be (I met one, who enlisted at 17; and he is maybe 5'7"). 

And as someone who has suffered from chronic PTSD, I have to say Harry Bosch as a character lacks true PTSD characteristics. Jiminy Cricket, he does not even take an SSRI to control his temper! Truly incredible for someone seemingly gifted in his profession.

Anyway I watched all of the three seasons' episodes, and I found the acting and story plots very well acted and written. I do not remember "Crate & Barrel" in the books but I sure enjoy their humor in the series. The two actors' timing in their joke telling is simply superb.

Oddly, both Detective Edgar and Chief Irving come off surprisingly better in the series than they did in the books. And the actors playing them are both splendid and believable as people, and project more humanness than does Welliver's Bosch. I suppose that is my one criticism regarding Welliver -- his constant deadpan, What now? attitude is not authentic to me as a PTSD thriver/survivor.
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Here on Independence Day eve I'm thinking about what Loyalty means, and how Harry's catch phrases "Hold Fast" and "Everybody Counts or nobody counts" indicate a deeper post-modern integrity/faithfulness than the "Institutional," "National," and/or personal "foxhole" bonded loyalties of "Greatest Generation" WW2 veterans.
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Having just finished watching the third series I'm afraid I have not changed my opinion of Titus Welliver as Bosch no sexual attraction for me at least, I don't believe you can take everything in the books too literally it doesn't make for good television some poetic licence is required (the comment on tunnel rats were small) who wants a tiny hero!
If it gets to the big screen please recast I'm sure the returns for Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher could not have been good anyone who read the books would have stayed away I know I did!

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I agree, although Titus Welliver is a fine actor, I am sure there are other actors out there that would have suited the part better. He doesn't have brown eyes for a start which in the books are one of Bosch's most noticeable features. I also agree about Tom Cruise as Reacher, it just goes to show that money talks.
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I actually enjoyed the Tom Cruise/Jack Reacher movie. I thought he gave Jack Reacher more intelligence than the fictional character tended to exhibit (and granted, I read only one book, and that was enough for me). Also Lee Child had a small part in the movie, which makes me think he approved of Cruise's portrayal, never mind his lack of height.

And Welliver needs to jog more. He's not "wiry" enough.

And Tom Cruise had his 55th birthday yesterday.
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I have trouble envisioning Harry, but Fred Ward comes to mind (Gus Grissom in “The Right Stuff”.) though obviously too old now.

Pacino in his “Heat” days would’ve been good.

Cruise just comes off too arrogant & juvenile to me.

The problem is “a few inches shy of 6’ and wiry” doesn’t describe too many leading men.
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I am a bit surprised that this thread is still active. They have found the consummate Bosch, Titus Welliver. 
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I agree, jbenham!!  For God sake, Titus was Michael's choice for that role!!  There won't be a change & I doubt that there will be a movie since Michael is so involved in the Amazon series.  It's done!!
 
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Tom Cruise's character in the Jack Reacher is really close to a Harry Bosch, better than anticipate. With Cruise, the producers can stay true to the books. Start with the first Bosch book that has Bosch as a Vietnam Veteran.  

 

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