i have no idea if this is true but according to this article, it is. sooo…. let’s talk about it, shall we?
i shall begin with a question… *ehem*
Why must Death Note be remade in an american version? Oh, my soul will die if even the smallest hint of SUCK is visible in that in-the-making movie. It’s good that they want to widen the audience range for Death Note (assuming they actually like the story) but seriously they have to go above and beyond in choosing the right actors for this one. Death Note (anime) is epic. I admire the creativity of the story, the well-made characters and the rawness of their emotions. The uber cool soundtrack and background music are a must have as well. There is little to no flaws that you’ll find with the show. Everything about it is perfect in it’s own right. Now, to make such a high quality story and character design come alive as an American movie, I am doubting their devotion to the story, let alone the outcome and what they’ll change about it. They can probably achieve the presentations and the excellent visuals but it all comes down to the actors they will choose and their acting abilities. If they use just any famous person to play the antagonist and the protagonist of the story, it will leave a sense of ambiguity due to the fact that Light and L are the type of characters that come alive. They are their own selves, and to me it feels like Light and L can never be portrayed in flesh and blood just because I haven’t anyone in the acting field with such high caliber acting skills; well at least not anyone in the high school age range.
Light and L can never be ‘played’ just by any handsome face. They must ‘become’ Light and L, whoever the actors will be, in order to achieve Death Note’s standards. I mean I don’t want to watch a movie and be able to say ‘that guy played light really well’. I want to be able to say ‘I was watching Light face off with L’. I’m trying to imagine any person to act out the characters but it seems that it won’t ever be as great as the anime show itself. I know full well the live-action movie did not do so much justice for Death Note but that all comes back again to how they portrayed the characters. The actors, I found they were sufficient but not the best. Definitely, I am opposed to famous (Hollywood) actors being used in the movie just because you already know their identity. To me, it would be like watching a movie where you’re observing that famous actor do a good job on that movie. Do you know what I mean? I feel like if that were to happen, then the movie is not as good as it should have been. To me, it feels like the people who will be playing Light and L should be hunted and auditioned from among the populations. Who knows where such diabolic emotions of ‘Kira’ will come from? Who will be able to bring L to life in one stare, in one word? But, who knows? if Heath Ledger can come up with a magnificent Joker, then there must be someone out there who might really deserve the role of Light and L.
if i had to choose, for Light, Leonardo di Carpio or Jude Law would be great I think. They are aesthetically pleasing to the eye and I think they can deliver the role well enough (no one can ever beat miyano mamoru’s awesome voice acting in the anime.. he’s a crazy dude with crazy voice acting skillzz lol). But i can’t imagine Zac Efron being diabolical and devious in such a degree like Light. L is a completely cross-your-fingers topic; i just hope the actors chosen for the movie do the characters good justice. Let’s all hope for the best. =) Comment please.