Milan in the Movies: Reader Picks

I had so much fun reviewing all the comments and suggestions from the “Milan in the Movies” contest. Jim S. from Mentor, Ohio is the contest winner. His name was picked in a random drawing held last week.

It’s obvious all of the contest participants put a lot of thought into their actor picks. I feel truly honored to have so many wonderful readers.

So, who did my readers choose for playing the role of Milan Jacovich if a movie were to be made based on my books? Here’s a list of actor picks  (pardon me if I left anyone out):

  • Dennis Franz
  • Brian Dennehy
  • Chris Meloni
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Gary Oldman
  • Gene Hackman
  • Harrison Ford
  • Jason Clarke
  • Jeremy Renner
  • John Cusack
  • Jon Voight
  • Josh Duhamel
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Les Roberts (I’m flattered!)
  • Liam Neeson
  • Matt Waldeck
  • Michael Madsen
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Robert De Niro
  • Sean Penn
  • Sylverster Stallone
  • Thorsten Kaye
  • Tom Selleck
  • Val Kilmer
  • Vincent D’Onofrio
  • Whoopi Goldberg (yes, you read that right!)
  • Nick Nolte
  • Matt Damon
  • Clive Owen
  • Mandy Patinkin
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Peter Falk (deceased)
  • Ray Liotta
  • Ed Harris
  • Dennis Quaid

And now for some of  the wonderful comments sent in by contest participants, describing why these actors would be suitable:

Liam Neeson

I’ve seen him carry his height in a self-effacing way, as if he’s used to being taller than all the doors. He doesn’t have to say anything to make you know he could kick your [bleep]. (Claudia L.)

He’s got the look. He’s got the build. He’s got a great ethnic nose. He’s the right age.  AND, he can act! (dombi)

Harrison Ford

He has that rugged, sexy look I imagine Milan as having… (Leslie Ann via Facebook)

Clint Eastwood

He can’t be any worse then  Buddy Epsen (Mark C.)

Brian Dennehy

I know he’s too old for the role, but he’s who I see in my head when I read the books (Daryl D.)

Josh Duhmal (from the Transformers Series and TV’s “Las Vegas”)

I think he has the ability to be the lead in a large movie but has yet to breakout.  The Milan role would be a great vehicle for him to show character range while still maintaining an action role. And I think he is a small enough name to be interested in a small book series out of Cleveland (“Island Patriot”)

Justin Timberlake

My second choice only because he flopped in “In Time” last year as an action hero lead.  With some work and coaching, I think he could be groomed into a believable tough guy.  He already has the comic and vulnerability characteristics that would be natural to Milan (“Island Patriot”)

Mark Wahlberg

Clearly he has the record of being able to carry a feature film, he has the chops to be a bad ass, and has the willingness to play sensitive, humble, vulnerable characters.  Although I think it would be tough to get him for budget reasons (“Island Patriot”)

Jason Clark

The Aussie actor from Chicago Code.  He’s rugged, can do a Slavic accent and still can smooze the ladies. (Dennis J., a Slovenian Cleveland ex-patriot down in the Dallas TX area)

Robert De Niro

It would be nice to go for a young gun like Matt Damon, however the role in my estimation belongs to Robert DeNiro. Everything about Milan can be captured by DeNiro for the silver screen (John V.)

Whoopie Goldberg

If she could play Bernie Rhodenbarr in a [Lawrence Block] movie, why not Milan? (Josh P.)

Sylvester Stallone

Sound funny, but hey he’s older now (Kyle)

Val Kilmer

I think he’d make a fabulous Milan!!  Books are always better than movies, but if I had to pick, it would be Val (Peggy M.)

Thorsten Kaye

. . .  He’s mid-40’s, looks like a big. strong man, but easily looks a little rumpled and disheveled, could be any ethnicity for the story, could play tough or gentle as needed, would win over the ladies and the men, and is just a great actor. He has a small roll on “Smash” now and starred on daytime shows for years. (Cathy S.)

Matt Waldeck

He was in one film, Donnybrook, at the Cleveland Int. Film festival . . .  just in case you want someone who is not a star as yet. (Kay R.)

Sean Penn

He’s got just the right edge and the look that I imagine when I read him. Second in line, I’d say Mandy Patinkin. Fully inhabits every role he takes. (Kim H.)

Chris Meloni

I know some actors that would do well as Milan with attitude, but Milan must be also tall and (willing to be) balding . . .  I think that someone that is capable of doing the action moves and yet have that hardness to him would be Chris Meloni. He can really be action packed, and yet he can do that pureness of virtue that Milan has. (Judy H.)


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