With the tremendous popularity of three thriller films that have been released in the last two weeks—“The Equalizer,” “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” and best of all, “Gone Girl,” I was reminded that since my new suspense novel Wet Work appeared about a month ago, everyone’s been asking me what actor I would prefer playing the protagonist, Dominick Candiotti, just in case someone wants to pay me six figures for turning it into a movie.
I know many of you have asked who I’d like to play Milan Jacovich on film a few years ago, and I’ve always said my first choice was Robert Mitchum, who is of course no longer with us—and if he were still alive he’d be approximately 97 years old. With Dominick, my first thought again was a deceased actor of more recent vintage, Heath Ledger, who’d be in his mid-forties by now. Since that is just a pipe dream, I thought carefully about who WOULD be great as the steely, take-no-prisoners Dominick Candiotti.
I’ve come up with Ryan Gosling.
Gosling made his big splash in a syrupy romantic film, “The Notebook,” but I always think of him in the frighteningly brutal and take-your-breath-away action film of a few years ago, simply entitled “Drive.” I’ll never forget the nightmarish scene with him and a gun-toting killer in an elevator.
Maybe I’ve forgotten someone, though, and I’d love to hear from all of you who’ve read the book and might have some other ideas. (and if you HAVEN’T read the book yet—what are you waiting for?