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The Wilson Deception, set at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 at the end of World War I, has a wide roster of complicated and intriguing characters to cast.Learn more about the book and author at David O. Stewart's website and blog.
The first challenge is finding an actor who can embody the contradictory elements of Woodrow Wilson. He seemed physically robust but was actually rather fragile; he combined idealism with charm and intelligence, yet also could be prejudiced and inflexible. He loved to sing hymns, make up limericks on the fly, and tell embarrassing darkie jokes from his Southern boyhood. Though he’s a Brit, Tom Wilkinson does a great American accent and can capture all of these contradictions. He’d be great.
With two central protagonists in their late fifties – Dr. Jamie Fraser and the ex-ballplayer Speed Cook – we stay with more mature actors. I would lean toward William....[read on]
My Book, The Movie: The Wilson Deception.