The Vampire Dancer Slayer: Family Casting Choices

The Vampire Dancer Saga FrontI asked my family members who they would choose to portray them if The Vampire Dancer Saga script ever makes it to the small screen on TV or big screen as a movie.

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,Bianca Lawson 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)
Adina Porter
Tanika Ray
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)
Natalie Desselle-Reid
Nadine Ellis
TayLynn (Tam’s daughter) Keshia Night-Pulliam
Tuppers (ShawnTay’s daughter)
Uncle Nat (Big Daddy’s son)
Willow Smith
Kent Faulcon
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

Jenifer3Malik Yoba3Neicy Nash

Jenifer Lewis, Malik Yoba, Neicy Nash

Terrence HowardLawrence Fishburne3Lisa Raye McCoy

Terrence Howard, Laurence Fishburn, Lisa Raye McCoy

Gunnar WashingtonKim FieldsTisha Campbell2Loretta Devine1

Gunnar Washington, Kim Fields, Tisha Campbell, Loretta Devine

Reggie LeeWesley JohnsonJill Marie Jones

Reggie Lee, Wesley Johnson, Jill Marie Jones

Donald FaisonIdris ElbaAngela Bassett

Donald Faison, Idris Elba, Angela Bassett

Adina PorterThomas Mikal FordElise Neal

Adina Porter, Thomas Mikal Ford, Elise Neal

Jenna von OyeAllen PayneRaven Symon

Jenna von Oy, Allen Payne, Raven Symoné

Monique ColemanTasha SmithNatalie Desselle-Reid

Monique Coleman, Tasha Smith, Natalie Desselle-Reid

Keshia Night-PulliamWillow SmithChristopher B Duncan

Keshia Night-Pulliam, Willow Smith, Christopher B. Duncan

Maurice HinesPersia WhiteChina Ann McClain

Maurice Hinds, Persia White, China Ann McClain

tanika raynadine ellisKent Faulcon

Tanika Ray, Nadine Ellie, Kent Faulcon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bianca_Lawson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Lewis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malik_Yoba
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niecy_Nash
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrence_Howard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_Fishburne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LisaRaye_McCoy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunnar_Washington
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Fields
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tisha_Campbell
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loretta_Devine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggie_Lee_%28actor%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesley_Jonathan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Marie_Jones
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Faison
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idris_Elba
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Bassett
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adina_Porter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanika_Ray
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Mikal_Ford
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elise_Neal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenna_von_O%C3%BF
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Payne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raven-Symon%C3%A9
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monique_Coleman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasha_Smith
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Desselle-Reid
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0255001/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keshia_Knight_Pulliam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willow_Smith
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_Faulcon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_B._Duncan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Hines
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persia_White
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Anne_McClain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Acres
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beverly_Hillbillies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_munsters
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/10/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-3-le-hot-jazz-dancer-61012/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/16/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-4-dancing-with-flair-at-the-fair-61512/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/25/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-5-dance-showdown-in-st-louis-62512/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/21/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-6-dancing-back-and-forth-to-the-future-62112/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/19/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-7-why-did-martin-john-and-bobby-stop-dancing-61912/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/18/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-8-ding-dong-discos-dead-61812/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/24/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-9-miss-vampire-america-dances-to-win-the-crown-62412/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/17/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-10-dancing-with-wolves-61712/
Alternates:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabrielle_Union
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nia_Long
As young Kandy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camille_Winbush

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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Performer Tribute 4/20/12: Cher (El Centro, CA) original Tweet 10/11/11. Who inspired you to perform?

Cher1Performer Tribute 4/12/12: Cher (El Centro, CA) original Tweet 10/11/11

Consciously or sub-consciously, a performer or someone inspired you to perform. Think about it?

James Brown and Jackie Wilson inspired Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson inspired Usher, Hanson and a host of other generations of performers

Whitney Houston has inspired a generation of performers

Marilyn Monroe inspired many, many different performersCher2

Cute, little Willow Smith reminds me so much of a young Jada Pinkett or Will Smith

The late, great Dick Clark inspired Ryan Seacrest and many other popular TV & Radio hosts

The list goes on and on. And it makes me wonder who inspired me to dance?

Well, looking back, seems like I was a sucker and magnet for all things Rhinestone, bling, glitter & fringe – so let’s blame that on Tina Turner and Cher.

Cher3Also, I love big, wild Diva Wigs and trying to sing, so let’s blame that on Diana Ross and Cher.

I love dancing and watching performers who dance well in their stage shows, so let’s blame that on Debbie Allen and Cher.

I love costume designers with fabulous costumes and the performers who wear them like Bob Mackie and Cher.

Also I love glamorous, exotic make up so let’s blame that on Elizabeth Taylor and Cher

Cher4Hey, wait – let’s blame everything on Cher!!! The Diva who has it all: bling, wigs, singing, dancing, costumes makeup, etc.

Cher has it all!

I would LOVE to meet Cher in person one day and just look at her Wig Room and Costume Rooms. I’m not sure if she has been in a TV special where they show that, but I would love to see it.

Cher is a hero, from acting to singing to dancing to her wigs, to her costumes to her famous Vegas Shows to her movies! Wow! She has done it all.  And there are not that many performers around who have been able to change and keep up with all of the different music and fashion styles for many decades and generations like Cher, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin.  They have all survived my favorite music era: DISCO and keep up, stay in style and keep it moving and grooving.

Cher5I remember watching the Sony & Cher show back in the day. Little Chastity was so sweet back then. It was great when they showed her. I also loved it when she danced with the Jackson 5. Not many performers can pull that off, but Cher did and looked pretty cool doing it.

I follow Cher on Facebook and Twitter and it was so cool when Chaz was on Dancing with the Stars. It was exciting when they announced that Cher would be coming to support Chaz.

Underneath all that stage makeup, diva costumes, wigs and bling is a real human, a mother to Chaz and a former wife to Sony.

It would so cool for Cher to make a video for DIVA WANNABEs. Or have a Reality show called Cher’s Top Divas. I would certainly audition. Are you listening Cher?Cher8

 

I know it’s not Cher, but could not resist throwing in this one with Jackson 5 and Vicki Lawrence from The Carol Burnett show.  Who knew Mama from Mama’s Family could boogie dance so good with the J5?

 

Here is Cher with the J5

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Cher7I will be posting some of my original Dancer Tributes in WordPress, only the early ones that were in Twitter only, not WordPress.  Back when I first starting posting the dancer tributes on Twitter I only had 2 subscribers.  Now that I have more, I realized that a lot of people missed my early dancer tributes.  But as I am reposting those, I will also keep adding new content for topics like Dance Choreography, new Dancer tributes, etc.

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Who inspired you to perform?