Casting Call: Dave

This is a continuation of my series of blogs to cast the characters in the 80s novel, Three Daves. This blog is spoiler-free.

Oh Dave, the beautiful bad boy.  Lots of guys are good-looking, but Dave has that certain je ne sais quoi that girls find irresistible.  Sure, he's got that casual disarray of dirty blond spikes, and brilliant green eyes, and full lips that twist up into a killer smile, but it's not really about how he looks; it's more about how he makes Jen's insides flip upside down with the slightest gesture.  Here are some of my favorite quotes about Dave: 

He seemed to understand that a full-on smile would have been too much for any human girl to handle.

Jen was totally out of her league with this guy. He made her nervous, and he seemed to be enjoying that fact. She knew she should simply return his confident stare, but she wasn’t nearly advanced enough for that level of flirtation.

What was this strange power of his that made her feel and act like such a complete idiot whenever he smiled at her?

So which two actors do I think have that same power...

My 80s choice...

I was going to go with Rob Lowe because he's got the right coloring and he certainly is beautiful, but I don't know...he's a little too pretty boy. I don't think he could pull off the cigarette.  But I still love you, Rob.  Maybe next movie.

...Matt Dillon
Matt Dillon, on the other hand, now there's a guy who knows how to treat a cigarette.  And he's got those Dave lips, too. This is him smokin' in every way possible in 1989's Drugstore Cowboy.

Yes, I realize his deep brown eyes don't mesh with Dave's sparkling green, but he's got the je ne sais quoi to make up for it. 

And let's not forget the low rumble of Dillon's voice---he's already got the Dave growl down. 

Still not convinced?  Well then, check this out:

He looked so good leaning there that Jen felt certain the wall had been built for no purpose other than to give him a place to recline so attractively.

Hullo, Dave.

My 2010 Choice:  Chad Michael Murray
I think this photo speaks very well for itself.  Chad's pretty much got it all: coloring (yes, I'm kind of starting to feel like a judge in a dog show), looks, body, bad-boy 'tude.  I really only know him from Freaky Friday, but the lasting impression he made there is definitely Dave-worthy.  Whaddaya think?

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kallie, my buddy and Omnific colleague, for giving me the delicious idea to cast the Three Daves movie here in my blog. What a marvelous excuse to ogle, I mean analyze, fine young actors.  We will be getting to the females, but we've got one more Dave first, don't we...ah, it's a dirty job, but someone's got to to it. ;)


Lisa said...

Oooooh! I totally approve of Chad Michael Murray. Meeeow!!

thefallenmonkey said...

*clap*clap*clap* grrrraAAWWR, Dave! I feel like such a fogie, as I'm 2-for-2 not knowing who the present-day actors are, but I'm pickin' up their vibes from the photos and in agreement. And, the 80s Daves are SO choice, as Ferris Bueller would say...

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Anonymous said...

I had no idea Matt Dillon was ever that good looking.