I think Christian Bale looks somehow too healthy. James shoud be a bit bloated faced and perhaps a bit sickly, like he hasn't been eating and especially drinking the right things lately. Maybe if Bale drank enough beer he'd be really good.
Dennis Leary? Seriously?
I can just see James walking along killing Mannequins with the wooden plank singing "I'm An Asshole".
That would be really cool.
I think you guys are too focused on physical similarity rather than finding someone who could really nail the 'feel' of James as a character. I admit that Sean Bean doesn't have the greatest physical similarity, but when I think of how he played Chris in the movie the feeling is almost disturbingly right.
Well, that's a good point. He also has those sort of sad eyes. He certainly wouldn't be a bad choice.
What's important is that the characters looks like not someone who is very sad, but rather someone who's been very depressed for three years. Also, for me the voice
is very important. I love James's voice, though i'm probably the only one. He looks and sounds like such a nice guy, he could never hurt a fly.
I could really see Tim Robbins as James Sunderland. Although he perhaps doesn't look exactly like him, there's something in his look that captures something very relevant in James's character. He was in Jacob's Ladder too so it would feel like a circle closing. Also, you would never expect him to (Silent Hill 2 spoiler) [spoiler]kill his wife.[/spoiler]Plus he's a terrific actor, maybe too
Wait! Holy shit, i just looked something on dictionary.com and guess what:
James (jāmz) Pronunciation Key
n. Abbr. Jas. or Js. or Jm
See Table at Bible.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin Iacomus, variant of Iacōbus, Iacobus; see Jacob.]
OMG it's a Sign!