22 comments on “Fan-Casting and Producing “The Last Full Measure”

  1. If this movie isn’t done within the sesquicentennial period, then chances are it will never materialize. So if the movie is the be made, the time is now! As for casting, Tommy Lee Jones was actually a choice for Lee for “Gettysburg,” and I can definitely see it. I just feel Jeff Daniels looks too old to play Chamberlain again, so I would get somebody like Patrick Wilson to play him this time. If he hadn’t gone insane, I would’ve loved to see Mel Gibson as Grant, but I know that will never happen. I could see Dennis Quaid as Sherman, and Crowe is a good choice for Grant.

    They should look at asking The American Film Company (Which did “The Conspirator”), and see if they might be interested in at least being involved in some capacity.

    God bless!

    • Mel Gibson was one of my favorite actors, and still is to a degree, but if we want this movie to do well, then he just has to stay away. Damn shame. Good action actor and fantastic director who ruined himself overnight.

      Patrick Wilson is a decent choice and I liked him in The Alamo, but he seems very dry in any film I have seen him in. That said, a handlebar mustache might make anyone look like Chamberlain, so it is not a bad decision.

  2. After Gods and Generals came out on dvd a group of us mounted a grass roots campaign to push sales of it, so maybe someone would make The Last Full Measure. Sales were quite good. One of my big pushes was by contacting as many people in the reenactment community as possible. Lets see if history can repeat itself (pun intended) by getting the positive buzz out about how good the extended director`s cut is. I also believe that showing it on 2 or 3 nights on TNT, like a mini series, will expose many more people to how well the story is told, and further increase video sales. I had the good fortune to play Captain Ricketts in Gods and Generals and personally feel the film has been vindicated by how good the extended director`s cut is.

  3. Unfortunately the extended cut of Gods and Generals has not received good reviews on most of the major Blu-ray review sites – HiDefDigest (who just recycled their old review), HomeTheaterForum, Blu-ray.com. For those who didn’t like it in the first place, I think this is just seen as overkill. They’re not willing to give it a chance. A great shame but I think this is one that mostly fans of the film will be double-dipping on. Certainly Gettysburg seems to be selling a lot better. But I suppose sales of that will help The Last Full Measure’s cause, so it’s all good in that respect.

    As for Orlando Bloom, it’s poor casting IMO. I feel he gets a bad flack, but he’s a competent actor at best, and certainly couldn’t carry a film like this. Someone like Russell Crowe would be far better. I remember reading an old interview with ‘Empire’ magazine (about 2-3 years ago) and it mentioned he had a couple of biopics of Grant strewn across his desk, which I found very interesting. Maybe it was for another film, but the groundwork certainly seems to be there, especially given his near-role as Jackson.

    Daniels would have to come back. Duvall seems well enough to reprise his role, though Lang is a very interesting suggestion, I’d like to see his take on the character and of course he deserves a bigger role than the handful of lines I suppose Pickett might have. I’d love Berenger to come back as Longstreet, though Boxleitner might be more viable if again it’s a role the size of G&G rather than Gettysburg. Older actors should of course return if required but I don’t know about shoehorning Kevin Conway in there, he’s too synonymous with the role of Kilrain I feel. I’d like to see Frederic Forrest and Powers Boothe in there somewhere, I feel they would be a nice ‘fit’ for the series. Also Brad Dourif perhaps.

    • I loved Duvall’s Lee better than Sheen’s, even though I like them both. But it would be tricky having someone in their 80’s play a man who was in his late 50’s. As for Berenger, I loved his Longstreet but he has ballooned up in recent years. He would probably have to lose 50-60 pounds just to even come close to where he has to be.

      I have always said that if you put Boxleitner’s beard on Berenger’s Longstreet, it would have been PERFECT. Since the beards and makeup have drastically improved, maybe Berenger could return. But he needs to lose some serious weight.

      • I completely agree with you on the Lee portrayals. I felt (and still feel) that Sheen’s accent was unnatural, although he did a remarkable job. Duvall felt more organic in the role. Although Lee was in his late 50s at the time, he did appear upwards of 75. I just stared reading the trilogy (PhD studies got in my way!), I am enjoying G&G, liked the film, but can not wait to tackle LFM.

        If Daniels and Howell do not reprise their roles if LFM is made, I will be disappointed. After all, Daniels said that his favorite role was Chamberlain. :)

  4. Thinking on it a bit more I think other suitable candidates for Grant would be Viggo Mortensen Aidan Quinn, or maybe even David O’Hara (perhaps not enough of a big name though).

    For Sherman I could actually see Dennis Quaid or a better choices acting-wise, Guy Pearce or Hugh Weaving.

  5. I really do hope The Last Full Measure will be made, and soon. I realize the actors involved in the first two films are older, but so what? In “Hollywood” there are ways to make people look younger, some are cosmetic and non-invasive, so it can be done. But even if they didn’t look younger, does that really matter? I think it is much more important to see the story told on film and to include the actors who did such an awesome job bringing the historic figures to life so brilliantly and convincingly. And I like the continuity of seeing those familiar faces reprising their roles where possible, or showing up in different roles. Sometimes when other actors assume such roles it is just not the same and the magic is lost. I would prefer to see Berenger back as Longstreet (and who knows, maybe he’ll be the next spokesperson for Nutrisytem!). And I REALLY want Brian Mallon back as Hancock. That IS his role and I can’t imagine anyone doing it better. I want Jeff Daniels and Stephen Lang back too. Sheen is my favorite Lee; his portrayal seemed to me to best express this general as the almost god-like persona the South seemed to see him as.

  6. I for one would like to see The Last Full Measure made but *not* with John Wilkes Booth in it. I like the theatrical release of Gods And Generals -choppy though it may be- because we don’t have to watch JWB. Now, this is not a slam on Chris Cotter, but it *is* a slam on JWB himself: I can’t say I admire the man. I really wish Ron Maxwell hadn’t put him in the film version of G&G; it’s what has made me not be in a hurry to see the director’s cut (although I have seen bits of it online and enjoyed them). Plus, what with The Conspirator and the upcoming Spielburg biopic about Lincoln, Booth and the murder of Abe L. has been recently mined -and mined out- by Hollywood IMO, so it would be best if Mr. Maxwell leaves JWB out of TLFM’s film version and stick close to the book.

    On the positive side, I’m sure Mr. Maxwell could give us recreations of the siege of Petersburg that would make the depiction in Cold Mountain look even more pathetic (and just where were the critics yelling at that Civil War movie told from the Southern viewpoint btw? Talk about hipocrisy: G&G gets the flak while CM gets the praise????? Should have been vice-versa!)

  7. The problem with LFM would be: Where to film it? Gettysburg was largely filmed on the original preserved battlefield. But the battlefields of Atlanta and Nashville have cities built over them. There is so much material that the selection process would have to be brutal to fit into a 2 1/2 hour format. Some suggestion of the effect of the war on the “folks back home” should be made as well as the effect of the war on the aging veterans afterward. We need the reenactors but , please, NO fat ones!

  8. No need to sweat about Atlanta or Nashville for this proposed flick, Willard, since TFM takes place in the eastern theater. Still, the problems of urban sprawl around battlefields in Virginia (especially those from the 1864 Overland Campaign and the subseqent long siege of Petersburg) would make it a huge challenge to film any scenes involving those two campaigns. Still, Appomattox Courthouse is unspoiled, so Mr. Maxwell could definitely film on location there if the National Park Sevice would allow it as they did for Gettysburg at Gettysburg NMP.

  9. I wonder what American Film Company founder Joe Ricketts had to say in response to efforts to get his help in financing LFM. He would certainly be the logical choice to kick this ball down the road before it’s too late (if that isn’t already the case).

  10. As an Aussie civil war and warfare history fan I consider both Gods and Generals and Gettysburg to be both fine and outstanding portrayles of the American civil war.Excellent production values and exemplary professional acting.This trilogy must be completed to tell the inspiring story of all brave and honorable men and women involved in American history for the generations to come?I would gladly give my time and money if it would help in getting this trilogy told?How about the history buff’s making some donations?Ladies and Gentlemen if you please? We can try together can’t we?For the honor of the soldiers who fought? ..Cheers to my friend’s across the big pond!….DAZ.

  11. Why not try to present it on the small screen on a cable channel over three nights if a big screen movie is impossible. Remember in the 80’s and 90’s ABC did Winds of War and CBS did a decent job on the George Washington series. It could be possible for 2015 for the 150th anniversary of Appomattox. Just a thought.

  12. You have great enthusiasm for the film, but your casting is way off.

    More accurately, I’d go with:

    Mel Gibson – General Robert E. Lee
    Richard Armitage – Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant
    Ryan Gosling – Brigadier General Joshua Chamberlain
    Russell Crowe – Lieutenant General James Longstreet
    John Hawkes – General Winfield Scott Hancock
    Anton Yelchin – Thomas Chamberlain
    Michael Angarano – Lt. Col. Walter H. Taylo
    Liam Neeson – President Abraham Lincoln
    Guy Pearce – General William T. Sherman
    Jeremy Renner – Major-General George Pickett

  13. I’m sorry but I would go younger. I agree with Tommy Lee Jones as Gen. Lee and Orlando Bloom as Gen. Grant. I would have Tom Welling as Gen. Chamberlain and Michael Rosenbaum as Gen. Longstreet (as little Smallville influence there).

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