Here he shares some ideas for casting the major roles in an adaptation of his new novel, Or the Bull Kills You:
For the main character, Spanish Chief Inspector Max Cámara, this is an easy question to answer: from the very beginning, as I started writing, he appeared as an incarnation of Javier Bardem. Bardem has the same strength about him, a certain menacing presence, the look of a man who can take care of himself, yet he can also be fragile, sensitive and thoughtful - and is something of an outsider. And of course he’s Spanish.Learn more about the book and author at Jason Webster's website and blog.
For other characters I have to think a little. Cámara’s Anarchist grandfather, Hilario, who grows a few pots of marihuana for his grandson’s consumption, is someone close to my heart, and I think it would be difficult to see him being played by any particular actor. Perhaps an elderly James Coburn - there’s something playful, physical, worldly and other-worldly about him. Although Hilario is shorter in my mind’s eye.
And then there’s Alicia, a journalist - gutsy, sensual, earthy and a staunch defender of bullfighting. Kate Winslet, perhaps? Although she is rather ‘English’, and I wonder how comfortable she’d be with such politically incorrect views. A 40-something Ava Gardner might be a better choice...