So, as I am just a fan, what is it that makes a certain thespian stand out to a fan (AWA a casting director)?
Well, from what those around here in 'the biz' have said, "It's mostly all about timing, or perception, when finding someone to fit a roll rather than just talent, because basically, the exact person for a character doesn't 'seem' to exist." (you'll notice I used smaller case letters referring to the industry, as this City is only a small doorway to the greater entity, which has the proper reference of 'The Biz' - HollyWood).
From what they've seen (and some have seen it at 'The Biz' level) there's so much outside pressure to make a movie succeed, as well as try to anticipate all the vast 'unknowns' that could trip it up, that with ALL the work to get a project done, there's limited amounts of time set aside to find that certain special individual to fill a role (case in point - one of our friends know a former casting director who after successfully assisting on two huge projects, quit due to, as their doctor put it, "extreme stress."). So with that, it stands that true fans need to get involved to combat this industry 'hammer' to get things done at the cost of the one thing that matters the most - having the characters soul.
Now I'm sure a few (or maybe even most) casting directors follow sites/forums/blogs for 'fan chatter', especially when it's specific to a role (like a Marvel character), so this blog agrees that fans have a certain expectation as to what we want to see on screen for a character (especially one that's specific), and it's not just all about 'the look' as "Yes", we do expect this as well, and there are some very 'pretty' actors/actresses, but get them on screen and they seriously can't deliver the characters soul.
I'm absolutely not saying anything bad about ANY actor/actress, as it is without question a very tough industry (what's the saying, "If it wasn't tough, everyone could do it, and "The tough is what makes it great!"), but once you're in front of true fans on screen, you're going to be judged on what you have in your inner soul with portraying any character. Unfortunately, for some, if they haven't built (or developed) an inner soul, they can't carry the soul of another, and with that, they can't ever bring any characters soul to life.
Which brings me back to the realm of the unknown actors/actresses. The biggest obstacle (and frustration) is that they're 'unknown' because of this toll of 'The Biz' (and 'the biz') and in the age of information, if we truly care about the souls of characters, especially when one can give a better outlook or viewpoint in life, even if only for 90 minutes, we have a responsibility to get the word out on an individual that has such a pure inner soul, there's no characters soul they can't touch ours with. That character now lives because of what that actor/actress is (case in point #2 - even to this day, Christopher Reeve IS Superman).
With that, even the obvious hard work (and possibly even luck) on the recent Marvel movies to choose the right individuals to portray those characters, most who have been alive on paper longer than the actor or actress themselves, I would STILL have started this blog on this 'currently' unknown actress - Amelia Scott.
The reasons encompass the heart of this blog entry with the fact that hers is the soul that is the raw, the pain, the torment, the heart, the love, the lust, the character. After seeing her work (some which I've posted and am soon to get additional pieces to add), there's no other way to describe what she puts into a character other than the pure soul of herself.
Even the undeniable fact that this actress looks exactly like Ms. Marvel (including Carol Danvers), this actresses soul is what true fans want of, and for, this character (and all characters for that matter), and in the Hollywood world where they bring the greatest of fantasy to reality, and vice-versa, then stack it up by a scale of bad to great - this actress is a true 'great' among them - Ms. Amelia Scott.