Howdy everybody. Zach here. I have embarked on a quest. A quest that is irrationally optimistic, completely fantastical, and a high percentage chance of failing completely.
But if you’ll give me a chance, allow me to explain.
As you may or may not know, casting is currently going underway for the third film in the rebooted Batman franchise, titled The Dark Knight Rises. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the gentleman who also helmed the previous two films, it’s set to be released in July of 2012.
There have been multiple rumors on who the villain of DKR is going to be. The Riddler has been eliminated, but that still leaves Nolan with a rich collection of rogues to pick from the Batman mythology. Tom Hardy has been cast in an unknown role, but people are saying it’s likely he will be the main antagonist.
But I’m not here to talk about Tom Hardy. I’m here to talk about me.
I want a screen test. More specifically, I want a screen test to play one of Batman’s less-antagonistic antagonists, the Penguin.
Now why in the world do I want to do this? A couple of reasons:
1) It’s Batman.
2) I honestly think I fit the physical characteristics of the Penguin pretty damn closely. In the comics, animated series, and the Burton-directed Batman Returns, the Penguin is a short, fat man with a slight waddle to his gait. I too am a short, fat man witih a slight waddle to my gait. Slap a prosthetic nose on me, and BAM! You got the spitting image of a young Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin’s actual name, for you non-Batman readers).
Keeping up with my Don Quixote-esque quest, I’ve started a Facebook page which you can find here. Like the page, and let’s see if I can pull off a Betty White and get noticed through social media.
If you’ve read this far, thank you. And if you read the previous two reasons as to why I should do this screen test, and are needing some more persuasion, I understand.
So, why? Why am I pretty much setting myself up for failure?
Honestly, I don’t have that much to lose.
I’m 26, working in an ice cream store, and attending college. While those latter two statements work fine together, it’s the former that stands out. Working in an ice cream while being in college is great if you’re 18, 19. Not so much great when you’re old enough that your car insurance has gone down in price.
Don’t think I’m being pretentious. I enjoy my job, and I’m happy to be going back to school. But why not have this dream? Why not try to make something of it?
I’m not demanding a part in the movie. I’m asking for a screen test. And being over here on the east coast with no representation, the onus on getting Warner Bros. and Nolan’s attention falls on me.
So I’m asking for your help, Click the link. Like the page. If you want to email me directly to offer support or to tell me I’m a fool, you can find my email address on the info tab.
Oh, and yes, I have acting experience.
Thanks for reading this, and thank you for the support.
And one more link for the page: Get Zach Arnold a Screen Test for The Dark Knight Rises.