As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues. David Reinhardt or Dave, is not just a straight man to Bill. As his best friend, uncle to Eli and future chief of police, he possesses the command and strength of a wiser, older brother like Gary Cooper, with a dash of brash bravado like Errol Flynn. Without even thinking, I knew this was Hugh Jackman.
In the movie “Kate and Leopold” Jackman portrays a man who travels through a time loop from 1876 to now, and struggles to exist in a modern world where manner less people walk around mindlessly and toasters are a menace. Leopold may be out of sync with time, but he isn’t when it comes to human nature and the proper way to treat a lady. His manners and ways are a throw back, but are more than welcome in the unruly world he is thrust into by accident.
What most people do not know is that Jackman himself takes great pride in his characters and for Leopold, he took etiquette lessons from 19-century etiquette expert Jane Gibson (trainer of actors for such projects as Senseand Sensibility). He also studied ballroom dancing and trained to ride a horse for the film.
In one scene, he and the brother of Kate, his love interest, happen upon her at a business dinner with her boss, who has ideas other than that of business. Leopold, appalled at the cad before him who blatantly lies to Kate, looks him in the eye and says,
“By the way. There is no "Andre" in Boheme. It's Rodolfo. And though it takes place in France, it is rarely played in French as it is written in Italian. Goodnight, Kate.”
Having seen Jackman as Wolverine previously, and knowing all he went through to become the adamantium beast, I have no doubt this is a man of many faces and born to be The Peacemaker.
I am certain that you, the reader, saw someone else when you first read Dave…I encourage you to share your “vision” here and why. I am always interested to hear what images my writing brings to mind in my readers.