Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Peter Colt's "The Ambassador"

Peter Colt was born in Boston, MA in 1973 and moved to Nantucket Island shortly thereafter. He is a 1996 graduate of the University of Rhode Island and a 24-year veteran of the Army Reserve with deployments to Kosovo and Iraq. He is a police officer in a New England city and the married father of two boys.

Here Colt dreamcasts an adaptation of his new Andy Roark mystery, The Ambassador:
Andy Roark: My strong favorite has been and continues to be Adam Driver. I think he is an excellent actor but he is also a veteran. The fact that he was in the Marine Corps, would in belief, allow him to really convey a lot of the nuance of Andy who is a Vietnam Vet. Andy is a character with a sense of humor which juxtaposes nicely with his loneliness and struggles with PTSD. I think that Adam Driver is an actor who can easily bring that alive on the big screen.

Another possibility would be Jake Gyllenhaal. He is an immensely talented actor with great range. He easily can shift from drama, to comedy to action roles. While the books are detective stories there is a fair amount of action in them and Gyllenhaal has been in some great action roles.

The Ambassador AKA Gordon Stevenson: Stevenson is the pivotal character in the book, he is the client and in many ways the foil to Andy. He is a character that starts off being all bluster and is really quite annoying. Later Andy comes to understand him and possibly even like him. I see J.K. Simmons as Stevenson. Simmons conveys authority and gravitas, yet he can be likeable and even vulnerable.

Honey Stevenson: the Ambassador's wife, would be played by the fantastic January Jones. Honey is beautiful and smart. She is her own woman and while she loves her husband she is not blind to her flaws. She also has an iron will and keeps Andy on task. January Jones can effortlessly play the part of the wife the viewer would be tempted to write off as a trophy wife but who is actually quite nuanced.

Special Agent Brenda Watts: Brenda is one of Andy's few friends. She is a no nonsense woman fighting for recognition as a woman in the FBI of 1985. She is competent, smart and tough. She also has no use for Andy's BS or his attempts at Charm. She also cares a great deal about him. Carey Mulligan looks very much like how I picture Brenda Watts. Not only that but she is an outstanding actress who has delivered captivating performances every time she appears on screen.
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