He’s an earthy man this denim clad cowboy and we have seen him before. Make no apologies for his salt and peppered hair and stubbled complexion. Likely a smoker at some point, it’s reflected in his voice. But the most important thing for this casting choice? —His hands. It is imperative we cast someone with cracked, callused and beat up hands. That kind of authenticity can’t be faked, and it will be evident in his overall character. Pretty hands and manicures are a no-no. Yes, let’s make sure he looks good in jeans, yes, he’ll have the jawline, but if he can’t hold a wrench in the shot like he knows what he’s doing then it’s all for nothing.
The point is we don’t need to cast professional actors. Given the action, we are much better off finding a real mechanic who can live in the scene with ease and comfort. I plan to roll cinéma vérité style and with this freedom we can cover our leading man without the pressure of calling “action!”