Their choices were really SPOT ON!
My brother suggested Laurence Fishburn, and I had not thought about that before, but they do look just alike! But since Chapter 10: Dances with Wolves takes place in the 1990s, I convinced my brother to let him play our father instead.
My sister made 3 suggestions: Gabrielle Union, Nia Long and Jill Marie Jones, again she was spot on, because they all do favor her. But I picked the youngest of the 3, Jill Marie Jones as the actress who would look most like her in Chapter 10: Dances With Wolves, the 1990s.
My brother also suggested Idris Alba to play the character Lance, which was spot on and Tasha Smith for Aunt Stine, which is unreal because Tasha does play a sort of “tough” character in many of her TV and film roles, which is similar our aunt. Aunt Stine does not play, she will “cut you with a knife” or throw a shoe at you when you are wrong!
Here are the rest of the casting recommendations, I hope my family approves!
The actor/actress pictures are listed in the same order as Actor/Actress Recommended on this list below. For example, Bianca Lawson (photo on right) is the 1st actress on the list.
|Character Name||Actor/Actress Recommended|
|Alyce “Baker” Braden (Big Daddy’s daughter)||Bianca Lawson|
|Aunt Ethel (Leana’s Great Aunt)||Jenifer Lewis|
|Big Daddy Baker||Malik Yoba|
|Brenna (Dolf Jr’s wife)||Niecy Nash|
|Dolf Jr. (Leana’s son)||Terrence Howard|
|Dolf Sr. (Leana’s husband)||Laurence Fishburn|
|Dot (Nook’s wife)||Lisa Raye McCoy|
|Dragon Ball Booga (ShawnTay’s son)||Gunnar Washington|
|Fatiene (Leana’s sister)||Kim Fields|
|Gia (Leana’s daughter)||Tisha Campbell|
|Granny Smith (Big Daddy’s fictional mother)||Loretta Devine|
|Jac’ichi (Dolf Sr’s dad)||Reggie Lee|
|Jet (Fatiene’s son)||Wesley Johnson|
|Kandy (Leana’s daughter)||Jill Marie Jones|
|Kief (Stine’s son)||Donald Faison|
|Lance (Leana’s son)||Idris Elba|
|Leana (Dolf Sr’s wife)||Angela Bassett|
|Louella (Dolf Sr’s mistress)
Mare (Lance’s girlfriend)
|MeanKeen (Tam’s ex-husband)||Thomas Mikal Ford|
|Nikka (Fatiene’s daughter)||Elise Neal|
|Popcorn (ShawnTay’s friend)||Jenna von Oy|
|Regent (Leana’s son)||Allen Payne|
|ShawnTay (Sherry’s daughter)||Raven Symoné|
|Sherry (Leana’s daughter)||Monique Coleman|
|Stine (Leana’s sister)||Tasha Smith|
|Tam (Leana’s daughter)
Tangina (Sherry’s friend)
|TayLynn (Tam’s daughter)||Keshia Night-Pulliam|
|Tuppers (ShawnTay’s daughter)
Uncle Nat (Big Daddy’s son)
|Uncle Nook (Dolf Sr’s brother)||Christopher B Duncan|
|Uncle Sunny (Dolf Sr’s brother)||Maurice Hines|
|Viva (Dolf Sr’s mom)||Persia White|
|VuDaje (ShawnTay’s daughter)||China Ann McClain|
Jenifer Lewis, Malik Yoba, Neicy Nash
Terrence Howard, Laurence Fishburn, Lisa Raye McCoy
Gunnar Washington, Kim Fields, Tisha Campbell, Loretta Devine
Reggie Lee, Wesley Johnson, Jill Marie Jones
Donald Faison, Idris Elba, Angela Bassett
Adina Porter, Thomas Mikal Ford, Elise Neal
Jenna von Oy, Allen Payne, Raven Symoné
Monique Coleman, Tasha Smith, Natalie Desselle-Reid
Keshia Night-Pulliam, Willow Smith, Christopher B. Duncan
Maurice Hinds, Persia White, China Ann McClain
Tanika Ray, Nadine Ellie, Kent Faulcon
As young Kandy:
POST UPDATED 9/3/12: I forgot 3 characters. They are now on the list. Some quick thoughts on Chapter 7: Why did Martin, John and Bobby stop dancing, the 1960s. This chapter reminds me of my favorite 1960s TV shows, like Green Acres. I could totally see a 1960s MASHUP of different shows like The Munsters, The Beverly Hillbillies in this Episode. Aunt “Dot” was nowhere similar to Lisa Douglas (played by Eva Gabor), nor was Uncle “Nook” similar to Oliver Douglas (played by Eddie Albert). The real Uncle “Nook” was an auto mechanic and my real Aunt “Dot” is more down-to-earth. She has the best Macaroni & Cheese in the world! We really did live down the street from them on in the 1960s. But my real Aunt “Ethel” was really like the real “Granny Clampett” cooking pigeons and other Southern food classics. The Vampire Dancer Saga, Part 1, did not credit my Uncle Johnny (Fatiene’s husband), who really did teach the real Lance about singing, not Uncle Nat, but that will be explored in Part 2 of The Vampire Dancer Saga!
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