Tuesday, August 7, 2018
A Return Trip to Castle Rock
If like me, you're an avid reader of Stephen King novels you're very familiar with the town of Castle Rock. Castle Rock has been the setting of many of King's tales, and mentioned or referenced in dozens more. My favorite of King's books set in Castle Rock was Needful Needs, a terrific book that had far too much story, and far too many characters, to fit into the weak 1997 film adaptation.
Whenever one of King's book is adapted for film or television I get nervous. Although there have been a few great ones (The Shining, Carrie, Pet Cemetery, Dolores Claiborne and IT, (1990 mini-series) most don't do justice to King's work. I was a little nervous about checking out King's new project Castle Rock on Hulu, but have been loving it so far. Unlike King's last tv outing, Under the Dome, Castle Rock is not restricted by a novel, it's based on stories and settings from King's novels.
In addition to having King as an executive producer, Castle Rock also has J. J. Abrams on board, which had me more optimistic about the show's direction. Other than the lazy 'mass shooting' in last weeks episode, so far I have not been disappointed. The show also has an incredible cast led by André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Glenn, Sissy Spacek. The show also includes Bill Skarsgård, fresh off playing Pennywise in the recent big screen adaptation of IT.
Although he has the face of an angel, Skarsgård is again doing a great job playing the devil and the mystery of who (or what) his character is helped kick start the pilot. Due to circumstance, Skarsgård's character is incredibly thin, not sure if that's the actor, or if a little CGI was involved. He looks a little 'thicker' in the clip below from 2020.
Skarsgård in Himlen är oskyldigt blå (Behind Blue Skies) 2010
Although I don't think actor André Holland has done any nudity, he does look fetching below from his role on The Knick.
When I was looking at the IMDB page for Castle Rock, I was surprised how many of the supporting male cast members I had previously featured on FH. I did a piece on Bill Skarsgård, and his on-screen nudity HERE: and an Actors & Skin piece featuring Scott Glenn HERE: Check out more of the male cast members (and in some cases their members) below.
Actor Chris Coy plays Boyd on 4 episodes, and I featured Chris' previously on FH HERE:
Josh Cooke plays Reeves on 3 episodes, and previously appeared on FH in a 12 Days post HERE:
Noel Fisher, officer Dennis Zalewski also appeared in a 12 Days post from 2014 HERE:
Actor Adam Rothenberg is one of the few Castle Rock hunks I haven't featured before, not that he wasn't noticed. Although the movie was rather forgettable, I remember thinking Adam stood out as Katie Holmes boyfriend in 2008's Mad Money. He also had a brief mooning scene. (below)
Adam showed a little more skin in the 2003 short, Coyote Beach. (below) Although I could not find a copy to download or buy, there is a copy from the director's Vimeo page HERE: