There is no shortage of actors in the world who could be cast as Phoebus. At his most basic Hugo-ian level, a handsome jerk, is not a hard role but Phoebus does get facets in his personality that versions can and do add in to his characterization. He is sometimes the hero, a reformed rake, a jerk-face villain or an extra. He is a swiss army knife character. That is why sometimes you need an actor who is at the ready, who is capable of playing all those types of roles, sans the extra. One such actor is one Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is best known for playing Jaime Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones. And if that doesn’t speak to Coster-Waldau’s ability to play Phoebus, I don’t know what else to say. Well to be fair, Jaime is not the womanize Phoebus is after all Jaime has only been with one woman (his twin sister) but that is beside the point. Coster-Waldau has the acting chops to play Phoebus effectively no matter what role the movie cast for Phoebus.
On looks, Coster-Waldau has what I think is the ideal look for Phoebus. He looks like a prince charming which Phoebus needs. Phoesbus has to be a pretty boy to foil both Quasimodo and Frollo. Ideally, Phoebus should be shining like the sun, (pardon the lyric use from Notre Dame be Paris.) Honestly, I don’t think you get more of a good of a look to Phoebus than Coster-Waldau.
But what do you think? Would Nikolaj Coster-Waldau makes a good Phoebus? A Bad Phoebus? Or A Great Phoebus?
Also the Game of Thrones book series, A Song of Ice and Fire makes for some excellent summer reading.
I recently started watching the Game of Thrones series and not going to lie, the first thing I thought when I saw Jaime Lanaster was “he would make a good Phoebus”.
Well, he is hot and I believe he would make a great Phoebus! If I was Esme, I’d be very infatuated with him! He really looks like a golden-sun prince!
Yes, he’d be good as Phoebus, he really is hot. I’d love to see Sarah Bolger as Fleur de Lys, she is very pretty and have this manipulative-cute look.
For Esmeralda I’d like to see Gemma Artetron – she is white, but can look very exotic (As Princess Tamina) and this would be good for an adaptation in which she was really french.
For Frollo I can’t choose – I’d love to see Charles Dance, but he is a bit too old. Well, most of the time they cast older people for the roles, but still.
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I have seen Sarah Bolger in The Tudors and you’re right, she does have that type of look that would be good of Fleur. I have also seen Gemma Arterton in Tess of the D’Urbervilles and after seeing a picture of Princess Tamina (I haven’t seen The Prince of Persia), I think she could work especially if the movie did Esmeralda’s book backstory.