By Roscoe Pond
Matt gave me a great response. He loved my screenplay and thought it had potential. His big concern was not having enough money for the budget of an action thriller. He told me to try and get a studio behind it. He warned though that it could be tough without the right actor. We had a long talk about "casting" the lead in my screenplay. I've had this conversation before and it is always about which "star" name could carry this film. Who can bring in money at the box office? I told him like I tell everybody else. I am the "lead" character. I don't want to direct it. I want only to "star" in it. I wrote the "lead" for me! Matt's point was that if I had a known "name" actor in the lead. The studios might take it on.
But this "producer" doesn't seem to understand how to make money in Hollywood any better than the studios do. A "name" actor? Did Shia LaBeouf sell The Transformers? Did Chris Pine sell Star Trek? Did Sigourney Weaver sell Avatar? No, no, and no.
If you have a great story, great action, and perhaps a great director, that's all you need. A superstar doesn't sell a movie--except to the scared bean-counters--and is arguably a waste of money. Hence the fallacy of the big-name actor.
I don't know if Pond is a good actor. But he looks like he could play a tough SOB. Put him on a good movie poster and in a good trailer and you're already halfway to selling the movie.
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