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They are all fictional characters, but movies have been made about lesser men and women. Here are some of the heroes, who should play them in a movie, let me know.

Jack’s your man, Author Lee Child’s Kick- Ass hero. He’s a loner, no middle name and no address. “He carries no luggage only a toothbrush and an ATM Card. He occasionally replaces his clothes with cheap brand new ones”*, usually bought at the hardware store. His rule people mess with him at their own risk. He is an ex-army Major and MP; he has all sorts of special training. “He’s a marksman of sniper-level skills, knows the history, operational details and relative merits of every sort of handgun and rifle known to man. He doesn’t rely on them though; he has a PhD in the science of hand-to-hand combat, often delivering surgical blows to select parts of his adversaries’ anatomy at just the right velocity and force. (He head-butts with precision and uses his elbows to particularly devastating effect.)”**

He never starts a fight, but once it’s started, he never fails to end it. One of his rules state don’t break the furniture.

Favourite saying: “Hope for the best, Plan for the worst.”

Tom Cruise plays Reacher in the movie version, personally prefer Liam Neeson to take the honours, we are talking Reacher here!

Then there’s Alex, Author James Paterson’s Alex Cross. Patterson and Cross share 24 years, as Lee Child says: “Amazing natural storytelling talent—which is what Jim has, in spades. The Alex Cross series proves it. It just rolls along,” Alex Cross is a homicide detective, a qualified psychologist and a former FBI agent and who works in Washington, D.C.

He is an excellent criminal profiler. He is a athletic six foot three and weighs 200 pounds. He lives with his grandmother, Nana Mama and three children. Alex together with his partner John Sampson solves various heinous crimes. John incidentally is known to have killed Jimmy Hats Galati, Alex’s deceased wife’s killer.

Morgan Freeman and Tyler Perry both played Alex on screen. What about Denzel Washington or Idris Elba?
One of Alex’s favorite quotes: “Beware the anger of a patient man.”

Let’s have a look at the ladies.

Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb has an In Death Series. The series features, homicide detective, Lieutenant Eve Dallas. She grew up in foster homes and is now living in a mansion with husband, Irish billionaire Roarke, his butler Summerset and her cat Galahad. The series plays off in 2059, a futuristic society in NYC. Roarke coincidentally is one of the richest men on and off planet. The community use droids as servants and food is prepared by machines called auto chefs. Eve and her side kick Peabody are central to the cast. Her previous partner Captain Feeney is like a father to her. He is Captain of Electronics Detection Division now, working with Peabody’s better half Ian McNab. Dr Mira, the resident psychiatrist and profiler for the NYPS is like a mother to her. Commander Whitney and Chief Tibble completes the rear and don’t forget Mavis, Eve’s best friend and famous singer married to Leonardo. Mavis exudes color. Who to play Eve, she is 5ft 9 inches, whiskey color eyes, tawny hair, tall, slim, Debra Messing in a serious role.

Patricia Cornwell’s medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta is next.  She is from Italian descent; her father had leukemia, when she was a little girl, she use to take care of him. This translated into a work life surrounded by death. Husband Benton Wesley is a FBI Profiler with a Master’s degree in psychology. Other central cast members to note is her niece Lucy Farinelli, who enters the FBI age 18, she has a high IQ, good with computers and has a private pilot license  and of course Captain Pete Marino, an excellent detective. He appears along Scarpetta in various roles from employee to work colleague. Her work is dark so when Scarpetta comes home Cornwell wants “music and wine and beautiful bright colours and lush foliage for her.”

Tess Gerritsen is a doctor turned novelist. Her forensic thriller series Rizzoli and Isles has been adapted for television. The television and book characters don’t however coincide.  Maura Isles is a medical examiner, known as Queen of the Dead and Detective Jane Rizzoli is her unwilling partner. They have forged an unlikely successful partnership solving crimes in Boston in surrounds. Angie Harmon plays Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander portrays Dr Maura Isles. Do you think they pull it off?

Let’s applaud the authors for the endless hours of entertainment that they bring. As the great Stephen King says: “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

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