Hi everyone! Today I am super thrilled to introduce you to Meg. Meg is a fellow Vicious lover and joining in for Vicious week with a few posts! Today she’s talking about my favorite topic yet, casting for Victor Vale. So stop by and welcome Meg!
Hi guys! I’m Meg, I contribute over on Cuddlebuggery and I adored Vicious. For Vicious Week, I’m here to fancast Victor. I’ve collected the candidates suggested over on Victoria Scwab’s Vicious forum and going to run down the pros and cons as I see them.
So who’s Victor? Physically, he’s tall, thin and super blonde. Is it just me or should he probably have killer cheekbones? I can’t remember if the book specifically says that or if my brain supplied it and I wasn’t able to find a reference to double check. It seems appropriate, there’s something sinister about sharp cheekbones. (The research required for this post was torture, I tell you.) As far as emotional range is concerned the actor needs to be capable of being sinister and cold with flashes of humor and warmth. He should be able to make you care, but always seem slightly removed and unconnected. Does that sound about right?
I don’t know about you, but this is the first place my mind went when I pictured Victor. At 6 feet (1.83 m) I’d say he definitely meets the height requirement. He’s got the talent (name a role he’s been less than fabulous in) and he’s got a chilling stare that is so absolutely Victor while still being able to make you sympathize with him when you know he’s up to no good (there was a minute there in Star Trek Into Darkness where I was totally Team [spoiler].) The thing that sways me in the Benedict’s direction, is that he combines undeniable skills with an interesting look. He’s gorgeous, but in an unconventional, distinctive way that seems appropriate for someone like Victor. Plus, those are some sinister cheekbones if I’ve ever seen them.
Bonus Points: While it’s not my favorite, we know that he can pull off pale blonde hair.
Victoria Schwab tossed Ryan Gosling’s name into the ring and I think we can all agree Ryan’s got charm. He’s another six footer so he’s also got height in his favor and he can definitely pull off the mysterious loner vibe. I see the appeal, but my concern is that he always seems to have this puppy dog look about him. I don’t really see Victor staring deeply into someone’s eyes. Plotting, sure. Soulful gazing? No.
I don’t know, what do you think? He’s able to pull off a variety of characters, but in everything I’ve seen, he always has an underlying cuddliness to him, although that may just be me projecting. Then again, Victor does have a little bit of inner marshmallow so that tendency could be an asset.
We all know Hiddles can play a charming villain. Can’t you picture a bit of mischievous, Loki-esque glee behind the note Victor sends Eli or all of the poetically defaced self help books? Tom Hiddleston has the necessary range, he can flip all the fun around in a moment and hit you in the face with angsty feels. He’s also the tallest, coming in at 6’2″.
Michael Fassbender would certainly pull off the role. David, his character in Prometheus, was all about mimicking people without genuinely feeling the emotions that motivate them which sounds about as Victor as you can get, if you ask me. thought he was the best part of that movie and brought equal amounts of creep and vulnerability to the part, a total asset if he was going to play Victor.
What do you guys think? I’m leaning towards Benedict Cumberbatch, but I see the merits of all four nominees. Agree? Disagree? Who would you cast?