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~Batman actor, Christian Bale, Neeson, & Iiam a pick for "Forty Days to Armageddon"~

Updated on November 1, 2014
Christian Bale: Watchdogg
Christian Bale: Watchdogg | Source
Marion Cotillard: Carol Turner
Marion Cotillard: Carol Turner | Source
Dennis Haysbert: : Vice President Prottenger
Dennis Haysbert: : Vice President Prottenger | Source
Paul Guilfoyle: Sec of Defense
Paul Guilfoyle: Sec of Defense | Source
Robert Duvall: National Security Advisor
Robert Duvall: National Security Advisor | Source
Jeff Bridges: President Landenberger
Jeff Bridges: President Landenberger | Source
Paul Giamatti: Director of CIA
Paul Giamatti: Director of CIA | Source
William Hurt: president nominee
William Hurt: president nominee | Source
Liam Neeson: Russian General Dimochka Sergeievich
Liam Neeson: Russian General Dimochka Sergeievich | Source
Joss Ackland: Russian General Dimochka Sergeievich
Joss Ackland: Russian General Dimochka Sergeievich | Source
Marlon Brando-- a Rj pick for the General! We must bring him back from the dead !
Marlon Brando-- a Rj pick for the General! We must bring him back from the dead ! | Source

Cogerson loves to talk about movies on his HUB site and you can find over sixty articles devoted to films and actors. Is that really him in the photo? He looks like a fun guy to me! I highly recommend it. Here is a list of actors he envisions starring in “Forty dasy to Armageddon.” The thought of these actors starring in the movie is mindboggling and makes one realize how the actors can shape the final movie.

The novel is in the process of being reviewed and marketed and no movie deals are yet in the making. Take a look at Cogerson’s list and then send your own suggestions. Who should play Watchdogg? Who should play the president and the Admiral (Somali pirate leader)? I will add the pictures of the candidates as the results come in so this will all be updated as needed. Here are Cogerson’s picks and then some descriptions from the novel.

1. Deshano:.(Director of the CIA ) Paul Giamatti.a great actor and good in any role.

2. Bumgardner: (Secretary of Defense) Paul Guilfoyle plays the leader of the CSI team.

3. Costanzo: ( National Security Advisor) Robert Duvall.

4. Prottenger (The vice president) Dennis Haysbert—character actor...famous for “24” where he played the president.

5. Watchdogg.: I love Tom Hanks, but he is getting too old and he is not very convincing as an action hero, so I say, Christian Bale—minus the Wales accent of course.

6. Carol Turner: ( Watchdogg’s gal ) Marion Cotillard. She is an Oscar winner, in plenty of box office smashes and of course super sexy.

7. Landenberger: Jeff Bridges. He played the president in “The Contender” and he was very good in that movie.

Descriptions of main characters:

· Admiral Mustafa Mahdi Leader of the Somalia Marines

Always his face was etched with the scars of the past. He seemed frozen with a permanent scowl; “perhaps born with it,” said anyone who had ever met him. He had a way of making anyone near him uncomfortable. Most were intimidated merely to be in close proximity. To be near him for any length of time was to toy with terror. It would creep over you like some blood sucking demon lurking in the shadows of hell creeping out of a Dali landscape. All of this was no act. Something evil burned within.

He was tall and slim like most Bantu and was dressed in a tailor-made black suit open at the collar. From behind the Ray-Ban Warrior’s he surveyed the familiar brownish blue water that stretched endlessly. His black-as-coal hair rippled like a cresting wave as the sea breezes caressed his body. The face was covered in Bantu fashion with a veil made of white muslin wrapped round a half dozen times. Gold jewelry hung from his neck. Ruby and diamond rings adorned his fingers.

· Watchdogg:

In that the description appears in the first chapter, I cannot reprint it here. In essence, Watchdogg is around forty years old, carries a revolver, and hop scotches around the world meeting with political leaders whenever the president is unavailable. With his influence upon the president and his relationship with world leaders, he becomes the most influential man on the planet.

Carol Turner:

“General, there is a Red Cross worker—shall I send her away?”

“No, send her in. She would not be here if it was not important.”

Before him stood a petite American modestly dressed in the red and white Red Cross uniform, the hair tucked neatly under her nurse’s hat. Her relaxed, almost breezy demeanor contrasted with his bearish curt military manner. She wore no makeup; she was a head turner—large blue-green eyes, tanned skin and a smile that reminded him of his homeland.

“You are American. You have a Russian air about you.”

“I am 1/8 Russian on my mother’s side.”

He smiled. “What is your name?"

“Carol, Carol Turner.”

“What can I do for you?”

“We need several more trucks to move the injured—”

He snapped his fingers and a lieutenant stood at attention. “See that she gets the trucks immediately.”

“Yes General—right away sir.”

“You could have called this in ….”

Her eyes sparkled. “I wanted to the see the man who is responsible ….” Her voice choked with emotion. “Bless you General Dimochka. You are a saint and your country is doing a wonderful thing here.” A tear trickled down her cheek. “I simply had to see for myself. Thank you for allowing me to meet you.”

“You may visit with me anytime you wish. I am a busy person; however there will always be time for Carol Turner.” He said “Carol Turner” as though it was of special significance. “Do you have a phone with you?”


He made a gesture and she pulled a BlackBerry from her pocket and handed it to him.

He punched in a number. “There it is. That will reach my staff." He handed her a military phone. "This phone you will use to call me directly. Use the other only if I do not answer. It is encrypted. We are comrades forever.”

“I will take you up on that.” She removed her hat and silky hair spilled across her shoulders. “Are you sure?”

“Comrades forever—some things are meant to be.” His face lit up and a broad smile crossed his face. “There are forces beyond our comprehension that have brought us to this moment. A Russian General and a Red Cross worker meet in a forgotten nation on the plains of Somalia. Both with one common goal—what else could it be?”

“Goal?” She fit the hat back onto her head, fiddled with some pins and tucked in her hair.

“To bring about peace—to put an end to human suffering. I do it with my armies, you do it with healing. One without the other is…is….”

“Incomplete.” The trucks had arrived, a horn was honking. She turned and jumped aboard then disappeared down the steaming tarmac.

She looks like my dear Aleksandra. Had he been one step closer to the curb he could have pulled his daughter from the passing truck on that fateful day that forever etched into his memory. Bitterness filled his heart for a decade and he cursed God each morning for his torment. He felt that God had abandoned him and his reason for living had left him. It was years before he quit the morning ritual of pulling a Luger from the drawer and placing it to his temple and cocking the hammer. He would try to find a reason to live for one more day and would return the pistol until the next time.

God has brought her to me. For the first time in years he was happy to be alive.

“Kismet—some things are meant to be,” he muttered and went back to his work.

“Green Dog III—we have some hostiles approaching."


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    • Reynold Jay profile image

      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I'm not familiar with him so I guess we can stick with Bale as you and Cogerson agree on this.

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      Interesting 6 years ago

      I think Bale is an awesome choice, he can hide his accent and he is a great actor with the ability to carry drama and action.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      We should set a basket of flowers next to each actor!

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      a1flowers 6 years ago from Mumbai

      Liked it..... :)

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      After your comments, I've decided to add Brando to the list. All the other photos were there all along. Thanks for livening up my day and this HUB!

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      You should be! I'm havin' a blast, and I didn't even know anything about this until you wrote this hub! I just love the way the human mind works, and I love your 'poke fun at Brando' comments! Glad you've added the photos. Don't remember all of them being here early-on; if they were, I guess I was only using one eye, or acknowledging words only! Love 'em.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I looked up Brando and he died in 2004. I imagine with all the special effects that we could resurect him to be the General or the Russian president. In that we would not need to pay him, we could bring it in within the budget! I'm having fun with this!

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Too cool. Don't know if I would be--think he could be cast in almost anything somehow (even dead?. So what if he's eccentric? Good question--is he? -- alive that is, haha

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Perhaps we can be like our government. What is a mere trillion here or there? I am going to try to keep the budget under a trillion dollars though. It will take some real cost cutting to get bring it in under that figure. Is Brando still alive? Maybe we can get him too. ( I'm joking) RJ

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Agreed, RJ, budgets don't usually keep a really good film from being made---or some really bad ones either!

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      We are armchair internet speculators here. Budget? Of what importance is that when making the world's greatest thriller? RJ

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      alamnoah 6 years ago

      Seems a great cast, I wonder how much are they going to budget this whole thing !!!???

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I would hope that most readers will enjoy it. So far everyone seems to like it. RJ

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Then it's also a book worth reading!

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Neeson works for me. All of the charaters are a bit complex with shades of grey. Actors would have a ball playing any of the characters.

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      A lot of things I am--shy, I am not! I'm simply a Neeson fan. Don't think he's ever gotten the top reputation and recognition he really deserves. He just truly is an awesome actor, yet so often I hear, "who?" Gotta read the book first!

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Liam Neeson, allways awesome.

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      Reynold Jay 7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Teylina--Don't be shy about making picks of your own. RJ

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      Teylina 7 years ago

      Liam Neeson--anyone you pick--but yeah, he'd make a great Russian! I gotta check this out again a little more carefully and now, more reading!

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      Reynold Jay 7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      And The president is a chess player too! Naw, I made that up. Thank you for stopping by. RJ

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      Anthea Carson 7 years ago from Colorado Springs

      Sounds like an interesting book, I will have to check it out, and look forward to the movie, I will definately see it. Love Christian Bale. As always, very useful and informative hub. Voted up.

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      Reynold Jay 7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I wish you lived down the street so we could be more than virtual buddies! I look like a pretty straight guy in my jacket and tie, but you would love the characters I hang out with! Lian Neeson or Joss Ackland as the Russian General it will be. I'll get that photo up there immediately. The General is a decent guy in the novel. Rj

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      UltimateMovieRankings 7 years ago from Virginia

      Hey R.J. (1) yep that is the real me, a couple of years ago but the real me....(2)the Russian general could be Joss Ackland....a standard bad guy in lots of movies, but he is getting a little old....(3) I think Liam Neeson could easily pull off a Russian accent....he did much than Harrison Ford in K-19 Widowmaker of playing a Russian officer.

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      Reynold Jay 7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      AlabamaGirl86-- This sounds good. I agree and love William Hurt ( I think everyone does). I'll post his photo in a few minutes. I imagine you think of him as the president in this too. Thank you for a wonderful suggestion. Rj

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      AlabamaGirl86 7 years ago

      Interesting hub, I always think that William Hurt makes great officals, he was very good in Vantage Point playing the President.

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      Reynold Jay 7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Wow--lots of response above and thank you to all. I still don't know if that photo is Cogerson or not! A big thank you to Cogerson for starting this idea. I'm hoping for more actor picks so don't be shy. We need someone for the Russian General too! The Carol Turner moment printed above is a big turnaround moment for the reader. It is at this point that the reader is placed on notice that everything is going to slowly shift into romantic mode. RJ

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      Sunshine625 7 years ago

      Very impressive piece!!! Great shout out to a great guy!! Good luck with your work!! Voted UP!!

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      BERN1960 7 years ago

      Cogerson's blog is always interesting and very entertaining. Enjoyed reading your blog as well. I voted up as well. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR BLOG IN THE FUTURE.

      Movies with actors and remarks are interesting. People like me who are not so informative enjoy your all remarks.....KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK...

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      UltimateMovieRankings 7 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for the great shout out R.J. it is truly appreciated....hopefully Watchdogg: Somalia Retribution will take off....I agree once you picture an actor in a makes reading the book easier to picture...voted up and useful....and wishing Watchdogg lots of luck.

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      Gail Sobotkin 7 years ago from South Carolina

      This was a fun hub and perhaps of great value as things in your imagination seem to be prophetic. It would be awesome to see Watchdogg: Somalia Retribution on the big screen one day.

      Love the fact that you have a beautiful nurse as an important character that brings an air of romance into your thriller novel, and the description of Admiral Mustafa Mahdi was so vivid that it made the hair on my arms stand up. Chilling and creepy.

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      tamilrange 7 years ago

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