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Movie Casting for The Big Wig!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in The Big Wig | 3 comments

I won’t lie. As I was writing The Big Wig, I remained ever mindful of one overriding directive. Namely—craft my story so that it would be easily adaptable to the silver screen. I mean, what author doesn’t want to see his/her precious little word-baby grow into a blockbuster movie? It’s a pipe dream, certainly, but you never know how things will play out. It could happen.

As I fleshed out my characters, I couldn’t help wondering what Hollywood celebrities might someday win the coveted roles of Wiggy, Tommy, Lisa, Brandy, Cesare, Ruth, etc. Just for grins, I came up with my own little wish list. If you’ve read The Big Wig, I’d love to know how you feel about these choices. Which ones are spot-on? Who do you think would be better?

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The Heavies:

 

Wiggy Higgins – ???

The Big Wig himself, in my opinion, should be an unknown, much like Mark Hamill was unknown when he was cast as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. And if I had any creative control over the movie, I’d insist that they NOT dress a skinny actor in a fat suit or use CGI to generate false poundage. I’d want a true chubber in the role, and I’d want to film his genuine reactions to the grueling workouts he endures in the novel.


Channing Tatum as Tommy Sheppard in The Big Wig

Tommy Sheppard - Channing Tatum

He’d need longer hair and sharper muscle definition, but I think ol’ Magic Mike would do quite nicely as the meat-headed, sex-minded personal trainer and champion of the Paleo Diet. It’s easy to picture him teaching Wiggy things, shouting at him, embarrassing him, and ultimately developing a friendship. And of course, the ladies would love watching him walk around shirtless in the locker room.

Melissa McCarthy as Lisa Downey in The Big Wig

Lisa Downey - Melissa McCarthy

This one’s a bit of a toughie for me. For Lisa, we need a plump, brown-haired nerdy girl who can really deliver the sass, and I can’t think of many candidates. The closest actress I can come up with is Melissa McCarthy. She’s not exactly who I pictured (a little too old?), but there’s no doubt she’d be a killer Lisa.

Victor Alfieri as Cesare Strazzio in The Big Wig

Cesare Strazzio - Victor Alfieri

There could be a number of Italian-born actors working in Hollywood, but if there are, I don’t know them. So I googled “hunky Italian actors” and found this guy, Victor Alfieri. (Yes, I felt exceedingly gay searching for “hunky Italian actors”) He’s been in a few things you may have seen, but he is apparently best known for his roles in the soaps All My Children and The Bold and the Beautiful. I can’t comment on Victor’s acting chops, but if you gave him a short, oily, expertly-manicured haircut, he would definitely resemble the Cesare I picture in my head.

Megan Fox as Brandy Anderson in The Big Wig

Brandy Anderson - Megan Fox

There is a model on the cover of The Big Wig who for me is the perfect-looking Brandy—pretty, sweet, and a bit innocent-looking. If Megan Fox can pull off those qualities, I think she’d be perfect in this role. And being that Megan is a self-admitted nerd-at-heart, she’d probably mesh nicely with Wiggy’s ultra-nerdy character.

Christina Hendricks as Ruth Lessieur in The Big Wig

Ruth Lessieur - Christina Hendricks

Ruth Lessieur is the hottest woman at Orion Engineering and Christina fits the bill. You know her from the AMC hit series Mad Men, but she’d be playing a substantially different character in The Big Wig—a cold, “Ruthless” manager who runs the company like a supreme dictator. Before I’d support her as my choice for Ruthless, I’d need to see her audition to ensure she could strike the necessary fear into me. Yeah right, who am I kidding? She is so in.

 

Supporting Cast:

 

Ben Whishaw as Twitch in The Big Wig

Twitch - Ben Whishaw

He’s got the look. He’s got the skills. He’s played a gay guy before in Cloud Atlas. And he also played Q in Skyfall, the 2012 James Bond film, so he’s pretty damn awesome. If he can master the nervous ticks that give Twitch his nickname, he’ll nail this part. One caveat—he’d have to hide his English accent.

Idris Elba as Don Sterling in The Big Wig

Don Sterling - Idris Elba

I was watching Prometheus the other day and BAM! I discovered my Don Sterling. I say "discovered," but the dude has been in a lot of movies. You may know him from Thor and Pacific Rim. Idris is pretty much exactly who I picture as the Regional CEO of my fictional Orion Engineering. However, if we don’t film The Big Wig soon (within five years or so), Idris will be too old. Hollywood, let’s get on this, huh?

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dale the Barbarian in The Big Wig

Dale the Barbarian - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Ahnuld has been revealed as a pretty big jerk in recent years, but I just can’t stay mad at the guy. I’ve been a huge fan of his since Pumping Iron (old school, brah), and I wrote Dale the Barbarian’s part with Arnie in mind. Though I didn’t give Dale an Austrian accent (that would have been way too on-the-nose—and therefore stupid), there is no doubt about who I’d want as my Dale.

Gabrielle Union as Rachel Hendersen in The Big Wig

Rachel Hendersen – Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle is best known for her role as Kirsten Dunst’s rival cheerleader in Bring It On. Don’t ask me how I know that. Gabrielle is a dead-on Rachel in my book—that nice big smile is exactly what I’m looking for.

Pamela Anderson as Kimberly Dixon in The Big Wig

Kimberly Dixon – Pamela Anderson

Is there any better fit than Pamela for Kim Dixon, the aggressive office tramp? She’s sexy in a fake and shallow way—the kind of sexy that a lot of undiscerning men respond to—and it’s easy to picture her grimacing at Wiggy’s legendary tonnage. It’s very strange that I never thought of her while I was writing my novel, because she’s almost exactly who I imagine in the “All Day Buffet” role.

Justin Chon as Raymond Wong in The Big Wig

Raymond Wong - Justin Chon

You’ve probably never heard of Justin. He played Jeff Chang in the forgettable coming of age movie, 21 & Over. While that movie tanked, I never forgot Justin. I was finishing up the rough draft of The Big Wig round about the time 21 & Over came out, and Justin struck me as a perfect Raymond. Slip a thick Asian accent into his mouth and he’s my guy.

 

There you have it—my cast for the movie adaptation of The Big Wig! What do you think? Of course, we all conjure our own images of the characters as we read any book. Who would you suggest as a better option for these roles? Let me know in the comments!

-Tony

The Big Wig is Born!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in News, The Big Wig | 1 comment

Tony and Big Wig

 

The big day is here!

After two years of mind-pregnancy, I have finally given birth to my word-baby, The Big Wig. Now my little darling is on display for the world to see, and I have to be honest—that terrifies me.

The gestation period was lengthy—sometimes enjoyable, sometimes nerve-wracking, often fraught with morning-word sickness and writer’s block. Hours upon hours I spent in the cramped back bedroom of my home, nurturing my verb-child in the fertile garden of my skull-womb. Whilst hunched over my makeshift desk—shuttered away from my family, the electric glow of the laptop bathing my face—I grew my little time-snatcher day by day, hour by hour. I fed him plot and prose and dialogue, which he eagerly suckled through my keyboard-clacking teet-fingers. Larger and larger he grew, and much more rambunctious—had you placed your hand on my scalp, you’d have felt him kicking. Felt kinda weird.

Now, I’ve finally pushed the little bugger out of my broterus. I’ve wrapped him in a warm, vibrant cover and displayed him on the shelves of Amazon for the world to read. What will people think of him—this child conceived of my thoughts? What will they say about my creation, whom I’ve showered with so much time and love and effort? Will they adore him as I do? Will they think he sucks? Will he grow a massive reader base, or will he wither and die—an also-ran in an already oversaturated market?

I suppose mine is a fear that all new author-daddies and mommies face when they send their word-nursling into the unforgiving world of publishing. A little (big!) piece of us is being trotted out for judgment, and that can be a scary thought. Thankfully, the advance readers who’ve been allowed into the viewing area have given my little thought-baby some smashing reviews. Many of them couldn’t put him down!

Whatever occurs, I’m proud of my verby young lad. Bringing him into the world has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life. Whether he revels in towering success or languishes in cold obscurity, he has been a wonderful experience. I’ve grown as a writer and a person, and I’ve notched a personal accomplishment that I can be proud of. The Big Wig has been big, big fun.

And now, I’m mind-pregnant with his little sister. Shhh. J

For those who’ve already gotten their hands on a copy of The Big Wig, how’s about headin’ on over to Amazon and giving him a review? It will help put him through college!

And for those who want a test run, here’s the full book description followed by the easiest way to read the first six chapters for FREE!

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The Big Wig

The Big Wig

After surviving a bizarre near-death experience, lonely flesh-planet Wiggy Higgins launches a gut-busting quest to lose weight fast and find his true love before life passes him by. Tortured by an overzealous personal trainer who becomes his best friend, the Big Wig trades his deep-fried bacon and sci-fi movies for the Paleo Diet and CrossFit, battling himself and his peers in an office rife with naughty temptations.

Unfortunately for him, his mission is no secret. Forced into the spotlight by a sizzling-hot boss with a motive, Wiggy is swept up in a typhoon of unwanted fame. Old friendships are tested; unlikely unions are forged; new enemies emerge—it seems not everyone wants the Big Wig to succeed. And just when he thinks he’s getting a grasp on his challenging new lifestyle, he encounters the woman of his dreams, and all bets are off.

Heart-wrenching, inspiring, and laugh-out-loud hilarious, The Big Wig is the chocolate cake of weight loss stories—take one bite and you’ll eat the whole thing!

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Enjoy!

-Tony

Show Me Your Big Wig! Edition 1.0

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in News, The Big Wig | 0 comments

When you’re writing a novel (especially your first one), you want a LOT of reader feedback. Taking all the best comments and revising your draft accordingly will help to produce the best story possible. This week, I gave my beta readers and other close supporters a free advance copy of The Big Wig! I thought it would be cool to post some pictures of them with their new book—so here they are!

The Big Wig Cover Reveal!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in The Big Wig | 0 comments

The Big Wig cover

The Big Wig cover

A little late now, but here it is—the official cover of The Big Wig! This cover beat out about nine others, four of which I’ve posted on this blog. My designer, Derek Murphy at CreativIndie, came up with the concept, and we worked extensively together—hewing and molding and carving—until we came up with this bright, vibrant jewel.

Some reasons I went with this cover:

1. The colors jump out at you. When you’re browsing the Kindle store, scrolling through an endless parade of dark covers, this one will leap from the screen.

2. It’s a little goofy, just like my story.  Fat guy with poor fashion sense struggling with a kettlebell while his belly plays peekaboo from under his shirt—that’s my Wiggy. His dog, Sienna, and his love interest, Brandy, make the cut as well. I think they give you a sense that this book is not only about weight loss.

3. The track in the background is of major significance in the story, but aside from that, I like the open air horizon being plainly visible. This story is a journey, and that big, beautiful vista represents everything Wiggy is working for.

I hope you like the cover as much as I do. And if you’re an author looking for a cover designer, you won’t be disappointed with Derek’s work. His prices are fair and he goes the extra mile.

News about book availability is coming soon!

The Big Wig Cover Concept Art #4

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in The Big Wig | 0 comments

The Big Wig concept art

The Big Wig concept art

Okay, this will be the last rejected cover concept that I’ll post for The Big Wig, because I am anxious for “The Reveal!” In this theme, we finally get a look at Wiggy’s love interest, though I’m not too keen on the model used. She looks a wee bit haughty to me. And Wiggy’s dog, Sienna, gets her nose into this pic, but she’s too young. Oh, and I was quick to shoot down the choice of background here—bleh. Lemme know what you think!

The Big Wig Cover Concept Art #3

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in The Big Wig | 0 comments

Big Wig Cover Concept #3

Big Wig Cover Concept #3

Here’s a third Big Wig rough cover concept that didn’t make the cut! We’re getting a little closer with this one. We finally have something showing us that this is an unfashionable man’s weight-loss journey. The kettlebell represents the CrossFit element of the story. But the guy is a bit too hairy-knuckled for me, and the scene lacks some other facets I was wanting. What do you think?

The Big Wig Cover Concept Art #2

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in The Big Wig | 0 comments

 

The Big Wig rejected cover

The Big Wig rejected cover

Here’s another Big Wig rough cover concept that didn’t come close to making the the cut! It’s funny, but there are no obstacle courses in my book. And although I do have a fat, scene-stealing dog, I thought there was too much emphasis on that here. What do you think?

The Big Wig Concept Cover Art #1

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in The Big Wig | 0 comments

 

Rejected cover for The Big wig

Rejected cover for The Big wig

With my talented cover designer, Derek Murphy, putting the finishing touches on the final cover for The Big Wig, I thought it would be fun to post some of his early concepts that didn’t make the cut. When it’s time, the real cover will be revealed!

Here’s the first one. What do you think? Quite clever, but not exactly what I had in mind!