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The Outsiders is my favorite book, ever. I re-read it every… 
1st-May-2010 02:46 pm

The Outsiders is my favorite book, ever. I re-read it every year, and it never gets old to me - The characters are great, the way S.E. Hinton writes everything in detail, and so perfectly from a teenagers point of view. The original movie came out in 1983, and featured many up and coming stars (Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, and even Tom Cruise...) So when picspammy had a casting challenge going on, I figured it was time to stop lurking the place and actually fill a challenge!
My version of The Outsiders obviously has actors from all age ranges, so let's just say they would all be the right age for their characters, haha. Let's begin!

anton yelchin as ponyboy curtis.
(Originally played by: C. Thomas Howell.)
It was a hard choice for Ponyboy - I had it down to Anton and Logan Lerman in the end (who you'll see in just a minute...), but I think Anton could do a great job as Ponyboy. If you've seen him in Charlie Bartlett or Fierce People, you know he can pull off being the narative central character.
Where you've seen him: Star Trek, Charlie Bartlett, New York: I Love You.

logan lerman as sodapop curtis.
(Originally played by: Rob Lowe.)
And here's where I put Logan! He's a bit too young at the moment to play Soda, but I thought the resemblance/overall good looks overwon the age difference. Honestly, I've never seen him in anything yet, but I'm sure he could pull off loveable, carefree Soda.
Where you've seen him: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

christian bale as darrel curtis.
(Originally played by: Patrick Swayze.)
This is my selfish, probably doesn't make sense to most people choice. I love Christian Bale, I had to find a way to fit him in here. He could pull off the serious, caring brother that Darry is. Not to mention he already has the muscles...
Where you've seen him: The Dark Knight, American Psycho, Newsies.

robert downey jr. as dallas winston.
(Originally played by: Matt Dillon.)
RDJ was the first person to pop in my mind when I thought of who to play Dally. He's obviously an incredible actor, who has overcome so much shit to be who he is today. Dally is a hardened, tough criminal, and I think Rubber Ducky would kick ass at the part.
Where you've seen him: Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, Tropic Thunder.

joseph gordon-levitt as johnny cade.
(Originally played by: Ralph Macchio.)
Oh, JGL. I had a hard time thinking of who to put in Johnny's shoes. (The other people I was thinking of were Gabriel Damon and Luke Pasqualino...) but something about JGL just hit me. He already played a Johnny-like role in Mysterious Skin, so I have no doubt in his acting abilities.
Where you've seen him: (500) Days of Summer, 10 Things I Hate About You, Mysterious Skin.

heath ledger as two-bit matthews.
(Originally played by: Emilio Estevez.)
I almost didn't want to put both JGL and Heath in the same casting, because they look so similar, but Heath. What can I say about him? The man was an amazing actor, and I'm pretty sure everyone still misses him. I was considering him for Dallas for a few minutes, but that smile of his won me over to him playing Two-Bit. He can definitely play a trickster well, which is exactly what Two-Bit is.
Where you've seen him: The Dark Knight, 10 Things I Hate About You, Brokeback Mountain.

jack o'connell as steve randle.
(Originally played by: Tom Cruise.)
I had to fit someone in from Skins! Steve's role is so small, but Steve reminds me so much of Cook from Skins, that I just had to cast him in this. He'd rock it.
Where you've seen him:This is England, Skins.

So that's it! Comments/criticism/anything else are greatly appreciated. ♥
1st-May-2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I completely agree but some of these just - aw <3 LOVE where you put Logan. And Anton Yelchin is adorable.

Also, Christian Bale totally matches up.

Okay so, I mostly completely agree. I don't know. Useless comment but <3
1st-May-2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
God. All your choices are amazing. Especially Anton. ♥
1st-May-2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
This is pure gold. I love this book and I loved the movie! And I love this! :D
1st-May-2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Anton Yelchin and JGL were awesome choices!
2nd-May-2010 03:27 am (UTC)
For some reason I haven't heard of JGL, but when I saw his picture, I actually thought he WAS Heath. But I think you put him in the perfect place.
Really awesome! I was just thinking about this movie today.
2nd-May-2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
I've seen one other person do one of these (for The Great Gatsby) and I really want to do one now!

Love your choices, especially Christian and Heath. RDJ is spot-on perfect for Dally, too, and he's actually even the right age that he might have been seriously considered at the time, as well.
2nd-May-2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
I really do love this picspam. I just finished reading the book and watching the movie in my english class and it's amazing! Amazing casting.
2nd-May-2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
I've got to admit, I've never read the book but I absolutely love your choices! anton <3
10th-Feb-2011 01:43 am (UTC)
i honestly dont think youve ever read the book, cause if you had you would understand the age ranges and robert downey jr, hes well into his 40s and you think he could play a 20 year old? Joseph gorden-levitt as johnny? really? whatever it is youre smokin, i want some. cause its messed you up!
17th-Apr-2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Clearly, you can't read.

My version of The Outsiders obviously has actors from all age ranges, so let's just say they would all be the right age for their characters.
26th-Mar-2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
These are all awesome, and make total sense. It's perfect!
9th-Apr-2011 02:54 am (UTC)
I hope you will keep updating your content constantly as you have one dedicated reader here.

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