5 reasons Clancy Brown would be a great choice for X-Force leader Cable

ClancyBrown cable

Recently it was announced that X-Force, a team of mutants similar to the X-Men but more aggressive, would be getting a feature film in the near future. Naturally, there’s been speculation that the team’s first leader, Cable, might be in the film.

In the comics, Cable has a pretty complicated storyline. He’s actually Nathan Summers, son of Cyclops (Scott Summer) and Madelyne Prior, a clone of Jean Grey. He’s older than Cyclops because, as a baby, he was infected with a techno-organic virus by the villain Apocalypse and was sent to the future to be cured. He returned to the present, much older than his father, where he formed a team of young mutant soldiers named X-Force. The story gets even more complex, but you can read the comics for that.

I want to discuss the actor who I think would be a perfect fit to play Cable. He’s a lesser-known actor named Clancy Brown. You may remember him as Captain Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption, Sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers and for his small role on Lost as Kelvin Inman. Here are 5 reasons why he gets my vote:

1. He’s Got the Look

Both Cable and Clancy Brown are a little passed middle-aged, yet not quite old men. They both have big frames and even though Cable is supposed to be around 6’7”, Clancy Brown is still a very tall man. They both have square heads with pronounced jaws and wavy grey/white hair. And they both look like they could beat you up even though they’re 30 years your senior.

2. He’s Got the Voice

Cable is supposed to have a deep, commanding voice and Clancy Brown has just that. If the producers want him to sound anything like how he sounded in the old X-Men animated series, Brown is definitely the man for the job.

3. He’s Played Similar Characters

Cable is a leader, mentor, soldier, authority figure and strategist, just to name a few things. Clancy Brown’s filmography shows that he’s played at least twelve people with a military title in his name. Besides captains and lieutenants, Brown has played Vikings, police officers, sheriffs, prison guards, and doctors. He’s definitely willing to play a character like Cable and his extensive experience would only work to his advantage.

4. He Knows the Genre

Just as he’s familiar with the kind of character X-Force would require, he’s also familiar with fantasy and science fiction. His credits include Earth 2 (a short-lived sci-fi program from the 90s), Gargoyles, Starship Troopers, Lost, and an incredibly extensive list of voice acting credits from SpongeBob SquarePants to God of War III to Transformers Prime. He’s even worked in Marvel projects such as the animated versions of Wolverine and the X-Men and The Spectacular Spider-Man. I think it’s safe to say he knows that landscape.

5. He’s a Good Actor

People are demanding more and more from big budget super hero films now, and mediocre acting isn’t cutting it anymore. People are getting used to exceptional actors like Robert Downey Jr, Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, and Marc Ruffalo in the roles of their favorite super heroes. Although Clancy Brown isn’t a household name likes those guys (they also have to start from somewhere), he’s a very talented actor who could provide a similar sense of legitimacy to X-Force as those guys did with their respected films.

Facebook Comments