Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Play Casting Director for the day and cast the role of Mr. Kennedy!


It all started two weeks ago, when I received this from RT BOOK REVIEWS:


February 8, 2012 Received e-mail this morning from Elisa Verna, assistant web editor at RT BOOK REVIEWS: I wanted to let you know that we've featured An Affair with Mr. Kennedy in this month's "Caught on the Cover" column, where we feature recently released books with cover models who bare a striking resemblance to celebrities. 

Naturally I was curious so clicked on the link:  RT Book Reviews 
I scrolled to the bottom of the article titled CAUGHT ON THE COVER and saw these two photographs with the caption:


Mr. Kennedy looks so much like Matthew Fox from Lost that we are considering an "affair" of our own! 




The casting history of Mr. Kennedy

Almost every romance writer I know keeps character files on her heroes and heroines. After Mr. Kennedy made RT Reviews Caught on the Cover, it prompted me to go back into my old files and review all the different men I considered for the role of Mr. Kennedy.



Daniel Day Lewis

Very early on when An Affair with Mr. Kennedy was titled The Yard Man and the manuscript was just a few chapters long, Daniel Day Lewis from The Age of Innocence was a strong contender for the role of Mr. Kennedy.



Clive Owen

And then came the hot-hot-hot Brit (who is just possibly the best man) for the role of Detective Zak Kennedy. Oh yeah, Clive is right up there!




Matthew Macfadyen

Any British actor who has played Mr. Darcy is a potential Mr. Kennedy. In my early manuscript notes I wrote down: stoic, enigmatic Kennedy is like a late Victorian Mr. Darcy who works for Scotland Yard. Matthew Macfadyen was also on the first two seasons of MI-5 (Spooks) So, he's a strong contender.


Henry Cavill

When my editor asked me if I had any input for the cover of Mr. Kennedy,  I sent along this shot. It's a still from a Dunhill commercial. Henry needs about five more years to become the perfect Mr. Kennedy. JMO. Don't get me wrong––he is so lovely!


Rupert Everett

I'm almost positive the Brits would cast Rupert in the role. 



A QUESTION FOR COMMENTERS:

Now it's your turn to play casting director. Who would you cast in the role of Detective Inspector Kennedy?



To celebrate my debut release, I am giving away a signed copy of AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY to one commenter everyday for three days. In addition, all commenters will be entered in a special giveaway promotion: Jewelry inspired by the romantic notion of recapturing lost time as the French title ‘Le Temps Perdu’ A Steampunk watch necklace from the Time Travel Collection by Yolanda Pang. Cyber travel to Poetic Designs and see for yourself just how whimsical this watch necklace is! http://www.etsy.com/listing/86157293/le-temps-perdu-ii-steampunk-watch 



The AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY promotion continues here at Get Lost in a Story for three days! I will post the winner on here on February 23 and on my website: jillianstone.com

Leave a comment each day and you have another chance to win.

Good luck everyone!

Stop by tomorrow and comment on the next two Gentlemen of Scotland Yard


***Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America and Canadian addresses only. If an electronic Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) is available, I may utilize that option for International participants. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.



41 comments:

  1. i think i will choice : matt damon, i dont but i think he is cool ;)

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    1. Matt Damon as Jason Bourne will do! Matt is such a talented actor, but I do see him as a contemporary hero.

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  2. That RT thing was fun! Though I thought "Danica McKellar" looked more like Eliza Dushku.

    Someone on the site commented that your heroine looks like Jennifer Lopez. :)

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  3. Mr. Kennedy needs to be British, so Clive Owen is my choice. He is the best man for the job in my opinion.

    Do you know who was the cover model?

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    1. Clive Owen is a serious contender for the role.

      Here's a side contest for those of you who are interested: The cover model's name is Thomas Maher and he is also on the cover of Shana Galen's Lord and Lady Spy. Shana and I are offering signed copies of both books to whoever can locate him. So far he has proven to be a man of mystery....so perfect in a way.

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    2. Hi Jill,

      I tried to find Thomas Maher. Must be a publicity shy model. I cannot find him anywhere. Oh well, I did try!

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  4. How about Jason Isaacs? He was Lucius Malfoy in HP, Jackson Brodie in Case Histories, and is in a new TV series, Awake.

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    1. Oh yes! I love intense edgy men and they suit Mr. Kennedy, as well. Two more to consider: Michael Fassbender and Mark Strong

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  5. He's not a Brit, but hire a speech coach and this guy would win my vote...my new latest crush, James Caviezel who plays John Reese in Person of Interest. Outstanding program, very hot actor!

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  6. Jill, I could live with Matthew Fox. OH, but you want him to play Mr. Kennedy. LOL Yeah, hire a speech coach. But Clive Owen gets a tie vote from me.

    James Caiezel...woo hoo !! Sexy voice, just cover up the gray at his temples...or not.

    ~Angi

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    1. Matthew Fox is a hottie all right. I was kinda hoping he was an Aussie, but I think he comes from the midwest!

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  7. Mr. Kennedy is very dashing on the cover. I can see the Matthew Fox resemblance. I wouldn't mind seeing Henry Cavill anymore. His features work in historical stories, mus be because I've seen him in that role before.

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    1. Henry is still so young. I think he's like younger than Twilight Edward. But in a few years...OMG!!!! He needs to get the Superman roles done and then age a bit––mid-thirty-ish––then he would be a great Mr. Kennedy!

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  9. I think Matthew Fox would be a great Mr. Kennedy.

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    1. Hi chey,

      He almost a dead ringer for the cover model. ;)

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  10. Have not watched much tv recently but my vote is for Andy Whitfield who originated the role of Spartacus before passing away last year.

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    1. Very intense and hot! Andy Whitfield is such a great choice. Thanks for remembering him!

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  11. I don't ever remember most actor's names so I had to look it up but I would pick Thomas Gibson from Criminal Minds.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Oh he's very nice, Maureen

      I never watched Criminal MInds (just look what I was missing!) I'm being introduced to all these attractive men....this is really fun! :)

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  12. He's not English but I love Ewan McGregor. He does an English accent very well. I love how he can be serious or cheeky. I actually prefer his Scottish accent though. ;)

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Love Ewan McGregor––but hold on to him. End of August, the next Gentlemen of Scotland Yard releases. His name is Rafe Lewis and he is very Ewan McGregor!

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  13. What about Richard Armitage? He is best known for the mini series North and South and the tv series MI5 (or Spooks in England) and is set to star in The Hobbit soon. Simply put, the man is gorgeous,

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    1. Margay,

      Richard Armitage is a great choice. And I can't wait The Hobbit as well!

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  14. I love Henry Cavill and can't wait to see him as Superman. I could see Christian Bale as Mr. Kennedy.

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    1. Isn't Henry great? Just loved him in The Tudors. And Christian Bale could be brilliant, he;d bring that sexy-edgy intense thing to Mr. Kennedy.

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  15. I would cast Clive Owen, I think he'd make a great Mr. Kennedy.

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    1. I wrote Mr. Kennedy with a touch of grey at the temples and there is something about Clive that brings a bit of age/sophistication to the role––in a sexy, masculine package!

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  16. Cool necklace. Some of those guys already on the list are pretty good. But there is a guy I never see on the hunk lists. Dont know why. Look him up and see what you think! Johnny Messner.
    lisakhutson (at) {cox} [dot]

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    1. krazymama_98

      Oh, the necklace is a beauty! I can't wait to announce the winner. This Friday AM!

      Johnny Messner is an interesting choice. He's a very physical actor. I wonder if he can do the British accent? ;)

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  17. As much as I LOVE Henry Cavill, I have to go with Matthew Fox on this one. He just matches this gorgeous cover so well. What a fun post! Usually I get an idea in my head of what the hero looks like and it is almost never anyone I have really seen or seen a picture of. So it is fun to have an idea in my head already, keep it around for when I get to read your book! =)

    eyesofblueice (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Lexi,

      I'll take either Henry or Matthew! :)

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  18. Henry Cavill is dreamy, isn't he? I knew he was going places when I first saw him in The Count of Monte Cristo a few years ago. But I agree that he's a bit too young for your Mr. Kennedy.

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  19. Fun post! Those are some good choice.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  20. LilMissMolly,

    Dreamy really sums Henry up! I just completed Yard man #3 Agent Gunn's story and so i'm kinda into Tom Hardy at the moment ;)

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  21. I'd vote for Matthew MacFadyen in just about anything. I've been in love since the first season of MI-5.

    Huge congrats on your release, Jillian!!!

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    1. He has this very cute vulnerable expression that I absolutely adore. Not many men can pull that off.

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    1. Ryan Gosling is kind of like a young Sean Penn. He is so watchable! Have you seen Drive? Just loved him and the whole movie.

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  23. Congratulations Winnie P. !!!!

    You have won the signed copy of An Affair with Mr. Kennedy. Please contact me through the winners tab above (just under masthead) and I will mail your copy to you!

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    Thanks to everyone for your wonderful casting choices, they were both original and brilliant!

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