One Tree Hill
producers have set the record straight on why Kevin Federline is getting a small arc on the CW: he's just that talented. That's right, forget any notions that One Tree Hill
or the CW are trying to cash in on Mr. Federline's nefarious rep for a bit of buzz in the ‘low' end of the hype spectrum, it turns out the erstwhile Mr. Britney Spears is just that good of an actor.
“Kevin came in and (auditioned) and he did a great job. He really seemed like a sweet guy and I just felt that he would be great in that.” Creator Mark Schwahn told People magazine. Surprisingly, not once in their piece were the words ‘stunt casting' mentioned.
Now, Federline's finely honed thespian skills aside, stunt casting is not even that rare of a concept in the network television world. So its not like admitting to it would be so shocking, even though steady denial is part of the tradition.
There is little argument at this point that the casting of Isaiah Washington in Bionic Woman
was stunt casting, and judging from recent internet buzz reports, it was very successful. Or was it?
The fact of the matter is, stunt casting usually involves someone who has been out of acting for a while, like say Jerry Lewis, being brought in wildly against type. It's all about big names in controversial roles. This year, the Stunt Casting seems to be all about the noise level, and nothing about the music.
The struggle between Heroes
to nab Veronica Mars
star Kristen Bell
, for instance, drove her aura of success through the roof. Few remember that the star is freshly available because her previous venture fell below two million prime time viewers. In the case of Lost
, I think it was honest fan boy casting. In the case of Heroes
, I'm not so sure.
The truth will come out, obviously, when it comes time for Federline to grace the screen. Whether his three-episode appearance amounts to a well crafted character arc, or an extended tabloid cameo, you'll never get Mark Schwahn to admit to anything other than talent being the deciding factor. “I have to honestly say he was a good fit for the character, “I don't know anything about the kid, but he seemed very sweet and very sincere about working hard and embracing the opportunity. It's just about being good in the role.”
Somebody in the world that knows nothing about K-Fed? We should all be so blessed.
- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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