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30 July 2010 @ 08:32 pm
Vamp_land Challenge: Casting Picspam  
Here is my second picspam for vamp_land's casting challenge (first one here). This time, I thought I would make it easy on myself and cast Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula with Latino/Hispanic/Chicano/South American actors.

SPOILERS FOR DRACULA

Text taken from NovelGuide and latinoed-up by me









GAEL GARCIA BERNAL AS JONATHAN HARKER
The fiancé, later husband, of Wilhelmina Murray and a young solicitor (lawyer) who is sent by his employer to Count Dracula's castle to help him buy a property in Rio de Janeiro. Initially an honored guest, Harker soon realizes that he has become a prisoner of the Count. He escapes from the castle but falls ill with 'brain fever,' an illness which has all the characteristics of a nervous breakdown. Harker simply cannot cope with or comprehend the alternative reality of ancient beliefs and occult powers represented by the Count. Harker recovers his confidence after meeting Van Helsing. He becomes a determined and courageous opponent of the Count and in the final battle, cuts off the vampire's head.



ALICE BRAGA AS MINA MURRAY
Fiancée and later wife of Jonathan Harker (before her marriage, she is called Wilhelmina or Mina Murray). Mina is a practical and courageous young woman and a loyal and loving companion to Jonathan Harker. She leans shorthand and typing in order to be useful to her husband after her marriage. When she becomes convinced of the threat posed by Count Dracula, she puts her skills to good use by transcribing and keeping the records of Van Helsing's band of friends in their fight against the Count.

Mina is the closest friend of the Count's first victim, Lucy Westenra, and later, she herself becomes his victim. She embodies the highest virtues of Catholic womanhood, being pure of heart, innocent, and truthful, retaining these values even after she has been bitten by the Count. Van Helsing pays her the compliment of having a "man's brain," and she is able to maintain an objective viewpoint even at times of suffering. He research helps the men track the Count down in Madrid.




DANNY TREJO AS PROFESSOR ABRAHAM VAN HELSING
A Mexican-American professor of medicine and a lawyer, and the former teacher of Dr John Seward. Seward calls him "a philosopher and metaphysician, and one of the most advanced scientists of his day." Seward calls on him to treat Lucy Westenra as she declines as a result of being drained of blood by the Count. Van Helsing is a master of Western science and uses advanced medical methods such as blood transfusions to help Lucy, but he is not restricted to rational and scientific approaches. His knowledge of metaphysics, folk medicine and the occult enable him to deduce that she is the victim of a vampire and to protect her to some extent. However, he has to keep his knowledge to himself for some time due to the prejudices of those around him. He slowly and patiently leads them towards a broader understanding of the world around them. A compassionate as well as a wise man, he becomes the guide, teacher and leader of the band of friends who join together to destroy the Count.



RUBEN OCHANDIANO AS DR. JACK SEWARD
A doctor, director of the insane asylum and one of the two unsuccessful suitors for the hand of Lucy Westenra. He donates blood to Lucy after she become the Count's victim. Seward is a former pupil of Van Helsing, who taught him medical science, but he lacks Van Helsing's understanding of metaphysics and the occult. This lack leaves him baffled and powerless in the face of the growing evidence of the Count's vampiric activities. He is also reduced by his limitations to the status of an impotent observer in the case of his insane patient, Renfield. Van Helsing rebukes him for his narrow-minded scientific prejudice: "You are clever man, friend John; you reason well, and your wit is bold; but you are too prejudiced. You do not let your eyes see nor your ears hear, and that which is outside your daily life is not of account to you. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain." A sign of Seward's bent towards the scientific and technological side of life is the fact that he uses a phonograph, then a modern instrument, to keep his diary. Once Seward is led by Van Helsing to overcome his scientific prejudices and accept the reality of the Count's existence, he joins Van Helsing's band of friends in destroying the Count, and proves a brave opponent.



ENRIQUE MURCIANO AS SIR ARTHUR HOLMWOOD
The only son of Lord Godalming and fiancé of Lucy Westenra. After his father's death, he inherits his title of Lord Godalming. After Lucy is bitten by Count Dracula, Holmwood is one of the men who gives his blood in transfusions to try to save her life. After she dies, Holmwood is persuaded by Van Helsing that as her bridegroom-to-be, he must destroy the vampire Lucy. With Van Helsing and the rest of the group of men, Holmwood goes to the churchyard where she is buried and drives a stake through her heart. Holmwood is one of Van Helsing's band of friends who hunt and destroy the Count.



JON HUERTAS AS QUINCEY P. MORRIS
A rich man from Puerto Rico, Morris is one of Lucy Westenra's three suitors and is a friend of the other two. Lucy turns down his proposal of marriage, but he remains her friend and after she is bitten by Count Dracula, he is one of the men who gives his blood in transfusions to try to save her life. Morris is a man of action and organizes the ambush of the Count in his Leblon home. He is one of Van Helsing's band of friends who hunt and destroy the Count. He arranges to take Winchester rifles on the expedition and helps the other men to destroy Count Dracula, but is killed by one of the gypsies who are transporting the Count back to his castle. The Harkers later name their first child after him.



ROSARIO DAWSON AS LUCY WESTENRA
A beautiful, lively and virtuous young woman, and the best friend of Mina Harker. Her sexual magnetism causes her to receive three marriage proposals in one day, from Seward, Morris and Holmwood. She accepts Holmwood and becomes his fiancée. Her lament that she cannot accept all three of her suitors is a sign of her fatal flaw: her openness to sexual desire. This leads to her becoming the first victim of the Count. As she loses her lifeblood to the Count, she becomes ill and is treated by Seward and Van Helsing. They cannot save her: she dies and becomes an Un-dead vampire. Lucy becomes a damned soul and a voracious sexual predator who tries to prey upon her fiancé. She also lures innocent children away so that she can feed off their blood, reversing the nurturing, maternal Hispanic ideal of womanhood. Van Helsing helps Holmwood to accept that he must destroy the vampire Lucy. In a scene filled with violent sexual symbolism, Holmwood restores Lucy's soul to a state of peace by driving a stake through her heart and cutting off her head.



JOHN LEGUIZAMO S R. M. RENFIELD
A patient in Dr John Seward's insane asylum. Renfield is diagnosed as a zoophagous homicidal maniac: he eats living creatures like flies and spiders as he feels that their life force is nourishing to him; and he makes the occasional violent attack on people. In these respects, Renfield mirrors the Count. Seward becomes interested in his case and studies him, though because of his rational scientific prejudices, he misses the most important aspect of the case, which is that Renfield's mind and soul are being taken over by Count Dracula, whom he calls his "master." Renfield develops a liking for Mina Harker and is furious when he learns that the Count is draining her lifeblood. He rebels against the Count and is killed by him.



CHARISMA CARPENTER AS DRACULA'S BRIDE



SALMA HAYEK AS DRACULA'S BRIDE



PENELOPE CRUZ AS DRACULA'S BRIDE

The three beautiful vampire women, called by some critics "the weird sisters," try to seduce Jonathan Harker and suck his lifeblood at Count Dracula's castle. They represent the hot blooded Latina, being sexually aggressive and insatiable, and anti-maternal: far from nourishing children, they eat them. They are simultaneously the nightmare and the fantasy figure of the 'respectable' man; consequently, Harker both fears them and longs for them.

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BENICIO DEL TORO AS DRACULA
A vampire, several hundred years old, who lives in a castle near Madrid. Count Dracula is a member of an old, noble and once-powerful family. He has a civilized and cultivated manner overlaying an evil soul. Like all vampires, he is immortal unless he is destroyed in the traditional manner, by having a stake hammered through his heart and his head cut off. He lives off blood, which he sucks from his female victims, who themselves become vampires and must suck the blood of others, creating a new race of vampires. He can control the elements and certain animals, including bats and wolves, and can change shape and size. In common with other vampires, Count Dracula is bound by certain limitations. He is nocturnal, losing his power in daytime; he cannot cross water unless he is carried; he cannot approach any place or person protected with Christian Communion wafers, crucifixes, or garlic; and he can only go where he is first invited. This last fact means that his entry into a person's life is inextricably linked with their desire, which forms the basis of the symbolism of sexual prowess that the Count embodies. Count Dracula forms a plan to go to live in Rio de Janeiro, where he will be able to feed off the constant stream of tourists and create vast numbers of vampires. Van Helsing's band of friends oppose him and finally defeat him.



DIRECTED BY ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
Robert Anthony Rodríguez (born June 20, 1968)[1] is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor and musician. He shoots and produces many of his films in his native Texas and Mexico. He has directed such films as Desperado (1995), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), The Faculty (1998), Spy Kids (2001), Sin City (2005), Planet Terror (2007). He also produced the latest installment in the Predator series, Predators (2010).
 
 
 
Nikki: true blood: lafayette approvesnikkiwawa79 on July 31st, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
DUDE, THIS IS THE BEST CASTING EVER! HOLY SHIT! THE WHOLE CAST IS PERFECT FOR EACH ROLE! CAPS ARE REQUIRED FOR HOW AMAZING THIS IS. MY PEOPLE<33333 BENICIO AS DRACULA UNF UNF UNF UNF I CAN'T EVEN...



YOU NEED TO BE A CASTING DIRECTOR STAT!
Kelly: Fangs and Shadesxlivvielockex on July 31st, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
You're so making me blush, bb! Why do you do that to me? LOL ILU so much. *hugs*

But really, I just wanted an excuse to have CC, Salma, and Penelope writhing around on a bed with GGB. ;)

And I totally deleted my Viva Hollywood icon *sad panda*

Edited at 2010-07-31 03:58 am (UTC)
how long do you have to live, karen?eleusis_walks on July 31st, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
Charisma, Salma and Penelope as the three brides is so genius. Given the casting of Harker there's a definite cougar vibe to it that I think is totally fitting.
Kelly: Charisma Gay Fishnetsxlivvielockex on July 31st, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
Again, I just want to see them writhing around with some young thing. LOL I'm a perv like that. :)
how long do you have to live, karen?: [angel] cordy pet meeleusis_walks on July 31st, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
Hey, nothing wrong with that.
JENSEN PADALECKI.websofseaweed on July 31st, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
I LOVE THIS. And I'm glad you included Charisma :D EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH HER IN IT.
Bruce Waynebruce_xx_wayne on July 31st, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
Benicio del Toro... hmmm... I could see it.. but, I don't know. He wasn't that good in The Wolfman but he's a terrific actor.

I see Cordelia more as a majorly supporting star, like Mina (using an example. she;'s def. not mina)

Like Monica Bellucci was a good drac bride at the time because she was not a big name yet.

but i def love your choices!
Rebcake: btvs_spru_goodgamesrebcake on July 31st, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
Jon Huertas! Nom, nom, nom. Plus those brides and Sr. GB is super genius. (I just watched Almodovar's latest, and Penelope Cruz should be eaten with a spoon. Often.) ¡Excellent choices, en todo!

P.S. Salma Hayek can't be Dracula's bride, because she's mine, dang it!

Edited at 2010-07-31 08:06 am (UTC)
Deb: Dexter Doakes Mo Fodamnskippytoo on July 31st, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
THIS vampire movie I would watch. For all my love for Angel and BtVS, I'm not really a big vampire lore/movie fan. But this intrigues me and makes me kinda hot. Yum! And can I just say that Danny Trejo is what all character actors should look like - like he's been through about a thousand encounters with vampires and still lived to tell the tale.