So That Truly Was Thomas Jane as Jonah Hex!
by Alex Billington
June 20, 2008
Let me tell you a little story about how Hollywood works. It's all about politics. One actor wants to get a role in a film, so he brings his make up artist in for a day, retrofits himself to look like a disfigured gunslinging badass, and snaps a few photos to send off to Warner Brothers. Soon enough, some fanboy on the internet gets a hold of them and they show up on millions of computer screens within a few hours. That's the story behind this latest photo of Thomas Jane as Jonah Hex that we posted a few days ago. It appears that it indeed was a real photo and not a fake creation, but it wasn't intended for the world to judge. Jane's goal was to get in the hands of Warner Brothers and eventually the film's directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor so he might be in the running for the role. Thoughts now?
The update came from the same guys who broke the story originally, Film School Rejects. He's what they heard from Thomas Jane himself on the situation.
"Yeah, the pic is real all right – my pal Akiva Goldsman told me about the project and I fell in love with the idea right away. Being a huge fan of all things Hex – I just couldn’t help myself. I called up my buddy Chris Nelson and we spent a Saturday afternoon working up some make-up for this impromptu shoot and I fired a few pics off to Warners. How do people get a hold of this shit? It’s a little embarrassing seeing my fanboy enthusiasm spilled all over the web, but great scripts don’t come around too often, especially for characters I love."
I've said it before and I'll say it again. As much as Tom Jane is a badass who could easily fit this role, I would much rather prefer Serenity's Nathan Fillion. Fillion deserves the role on top of being the perfect fit anyway. I don't know if this make up gig will help Jane at all, but at least we're safe knowing that Neveldine and Taylor still have their pick on Jonah Hex. They're still working on finishing Crank 2 before they even think about Jonah Hex, but I guess it's still a question worth asking: would you prefer Jane over Fillion? As a refresher, here's the original comparison photo of Thomas Jane yet again.
Who would you want for the gunslinging anti-hero?