Casting Call
Five Actors Who Should Join the "Deadwood" Movie

Firefilm | 27 Jan 2016 15:00
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Katey Sagal by Gage Skidmore 2

2. Katey Sagal as Poker Alice Tubbs

The "Deadwood" casting directors never had qualms about sharing talent with contemporaries like "Breaking Bad" and "Sons of Anarchy." And now that SoA creator Kurt Sutter's thoroughly unwatchable mess "The Bastard Executioner" has been cancelled due to creator-butthurt, I guess that means his longtime spouse Sagal is free! And Milch's people should snap her up in an instant. Sagal has spent decades on television proving her comedy chops ("Married with Children" and "Futurama") and her dramatic displays on "Anarchy." She's tough as nails, gorgeous, a stunning singer, and primed for all that bastardized Shakespearian stuff. After all, Gemma Teller is essentially Queen Gertrude.

Alice Tubbs, meanwhile, was a prodigious old west card player who worked as a dealer in one parlor or another in Deadwood in the 1880s and boasted that she had won over $250,000 playing cards. Which is insane, even if you don't use an inflation calculator. "Poker Alice" was known for her cigar smoking and acerbic comments, usually starting her card games by saying, "Praise the lord and place your bets. I'll take your money with no regrets." Segal would play the hell out of this colorful real-life character, and could even be a narrative match for McShane's Machiavellian saloon proprietor. Much like Calamity Jane or Doc Cochran, she could elevate the character from a simple plot device or joke into a three-dimensional soul.

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