There’s a new flick riding into town next week entitled The Lincoln Lawyer:
It’s based on a book (Hey Poster, now that we’re buddies, you got my back on this one, right? Cool…), and if I learned anything in all my years as a writer is you need to make your characters’ names unique. They need to stand apart from each other.
(SIDENOTE: Yes, I am an as-yet-unpublished writer, aside from this blog. The reason I’m not published isn’t because I haven’t finishing anything I’m completely happy with yet… It’s because I have authoritis.
*bows head* *tips hat*
Pardon the interpuntion.)
For example, use names like Mickey, Ted, and Louis. As a reader, these names can’t be quickly mixed up.
(SIDENOTE: How pretentious is Author! Michael Connelly for naming his main character Mickey? That’d be like George Lucas naming his main character George Skywalker instead of — oh…)
So it’s left me wondering why in the backseat of a Lincoln would the film’s producers cast three (sandy) blonde-haired, blue-eyed guys that look very similar in the same movie? You get not only Matther McConaughey as Mickey, but Josh Lucas as Ted, and Ryan Phillippe as Louis:
The only actor missing is this guy:
Because The Lincoln Lawyer already has this guy: