Here he shares his preference for casting the lead in adaptations of his novels, Devil's Trill and the recently released Danse Macabre:
Move over, De Niro and Pacino. For Daniel Jacobus in Devil's Trill and Danse Macabre I want Alan Arkin, in my mind one of America's greatest actors ever, who can play any kind of role convincingly. That's why I want him for Jacobus, flinty and sarcastic on the outside, heart of gold on the inside, afflicted with blindness and old age, a profound artist yet coarse and neglectful in his worldly tastes. Think of Arkin's portrayal of a deaf mute in The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, one of the most poignant roles ever in cinema, and then in Little Miss Sunshine, and Wait Until Dark, and The Russians Are Coming, and Catch 22. Without a doubt, he's the man!Learn more about the book and author at Gerald Elias' website.
The Page 69 Test: Devil's Trill.
The Page 69 Test: Danse Macabre.