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Who does Lady Mara look like?
« on: July 11, 2008, 12:16:23 AM »

Help me out here, just because. I searched through the forums and and the thread about casting the film is only for magician I believe.

I just started the Empire trilogy, and I'm trying to get Mara in my head. My first thought was that Indian Actress Aishwarya Rai (the book says Mara's eye's are brown, but work with me).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aishwarya_Rai

Who's the actress or person that all of you have in your head when you think of her? Someone mentioned Angelina Jolie in the casting the film thread, but I can't picture Mara as her.

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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2008, 12:28:51 AM »

I don't have any actress or person in mind for Mara. I know she's definitely not that Rai or Angelina Jolie, though. The former being simply Indian, and the latter being a disastrous choice.
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2008, 01:12:43 AM »

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The former being simply Indian


Not sure I understand what that means, does being Indian preclude someone from being Mara? or do you mean you picture Mara as some other ethnic group like Asian or something.

Just wondering.
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2008, 03:15:55 AM »

Yes, I would cast Mara with an Asian woman. Anything else will simply not do.
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2008, 06:30:24 AM »

If I were to cast the empire trilogy, which I am currently reading for the first time, i would cast the the girl who stole the green destiny in Crouching tiger as Mara.  I also think that Jade fox would make a great Nacoya as well.
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2008, 04:56:07 PM »

My very first pick for an Asian actress would be Gong Li....from Memoirs of a Geisha and Curse of the Golden Flower. She's a GREAT actress, and I think her look fits the part.




As much as I dislike the actress, I think that Lucy Liu could be Mara, if they got rid of her freckles.

I, personally don't think Zhang Ziyi could fit the part. <pic below> I loved her in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and so much more in House of Flying Daggers ( absolutely AWESOME movie if you haven't seen it ) Regardless, she just looks way too young, in my opinion. Mara, in my head, has a regal, firm edge to her look and bearing that I don't think that Ziyi brings to the table.



I even think Michelle Yeoh would be a reasonably decent choice, as well.



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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2008, 07:45:42 PM »

Its interesting... I get the underlying (and overt) clues that would lead to assuming the Tsurrani are (should be) Asian (one character in magician was clearly Ken Watanabi in my head). But its never been required they be *specifically* Asian if you know what I mean. In other words I had the Indian actress in my head because she's exotic looking, which is what I assume the Tsurrani, and Mara to be. Could they be blonde and blue eyed? Clearly not, but in my head there is no requirement that they look Chinese, japanese, or Korean specifically.

not sure if I'm making any sense. Its interesting to see others thoughts on it though.
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2008, 10:45:17 PM »

I don't think of Mara as a Chinese/Japanese/Koreanees(?) - looking women. Ok, the Tsurani are a bit 'exotic', maybe japanese, but somehow I can't picture Mara as a japanese girl/woman. It's actually pretty hard to visualise the faces of the characters when you trie. I have with every character of course an image, but when you think of details etc. I can't picture them. Nice topic, makes me think about it...... ;)
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2008, 02:39:41 PM »

Truth is, I never pictured them as Asian either. Seems funny, even though Feist has said they are based off of an Asian culture.....proud, very much concerned with honor, short in stature, exotic women, physically strong men with high endurance, colorful armor and headpieces......among many other things.

I just never pictured them as Chinese, Japanese, Korean in my head. Actually, I will say that in reading Honoured Enemy, I got the closest picture of Tsurani as Asians as I had ever previously had.......and then almost in a Mongolian sense........but for some reason the Tsurani in HE don't connect with the Tsurani in the rest of the books for me.

Its definitely true that we all have our own pictures in our minds. Thats why I hate movies of books that I love in the first place. I only suggested the above actresses because they are the ones who I thought would suit the part if it was to be an Asian actress.

Me, I'd rather stick with whats in my head. Its always so much better.
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2008, 07:08:07 AM »

perhaps they don't connect because in HE they are less embroiled in the Game and there is a lot less etiquette and protocol.  Also the co-authors are different.
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2008, 01:05:11 PM »

the culture is asian but the Tsurani not, as we all know, for the people who read the books, the tsurani have green eyes, so far I know I have never seen an asian with green eyes. I never pictured them as asian,
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2008, 03:14:36 PM »

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for the people who read the books, the tsurani have green eyes

They do? I'm reading the books now (I'm in the second one) and I don't remember a character with green eyes yet. Mara has brown eyes, her suitor in the first book had blue eyes which the book remarked as unusual.

I could be mistaken, but I thought Teani was considered exotic because she had red/blonde hair and green eyes.  (?)
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2008, 03:22:28 PM »

I have to admit i never pictured the characters as Asian, mainly because Janny wurts is so descriptive with things like that and   I think that if they were she would have used it. Like a women 'creating' rounder eyes and such. Teani did have red hair i am sure. Even if feist had the idea that they were wouldn't he have communicated that to her? I sound combative but really im just thrown though a loop now.
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2008, 04:28:07 AM »

The Tsurani have always been "asian" looking in my mind...not sure when I first made that a concrete visual but it has been for some time. Yep, definately an overall asian look, with the odd variation like Teani red hair and green eyes (thinnk of that old movie"Big trouble in Little China" and how they wanted the girls with blue or green eyes as they were uncommon, lol).

I dislike the cover of my copy of "Daughter of the Empire" because the woman pictured (who you have to assume is Mara) has yellow hair :(
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2008, 04:50:06 PM »

Interesting responses to this.

How about this one....

Remember, this is (for me) just an fun attempt to get a better picture of the character Mara in my head, disregard the real person's personality or intelligence (or lack thereof) entirely.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_kardashian


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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2008, 05:02:22 PM »

Remember, this is (for me) just an fun attempt to get a better picture of the character Mara in my head, disregard the real person's personality or intelligence (or lack thereof) entirely.

Hehe, indeed. Definitely a description of Mara, this: 'She is perhaps best known for her social life, stolen sex tape, and her appearances on reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians'. :lol:

Don't worry, I'll leave you alone, Vega. :Don't think Mara has big, fake books though, do you? Nor quite the amount of make up. :P
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2008, 05:06:19 PM »

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Don't think Mara has big, fake books though, do you? Nor quite the amount of make up

Yeah, probably not. It was a fun visual though  :smile:
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2008, 07:09:12 AM »

her whole seductress thing going on reminds me more of Ishani, Hoppara's wife (sorry about sp, trying to remember, lol), you know, the smart wife of a dozen children to the guy Mara went to the Thuril with???
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Re: Who does Lady Mara look like?
« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2008, 02:18:04 AM »

OMG I can't believe you could even *joke* about Kim Kardishan protraying Mara! *shudder* Angelina Jolie isn't much better either. Neither of them have the class or the dignity to play a character like Mara.

I never pictured them as asian in appearance, but agree that some similarities to asian cultures exsist. I can't see any Indian/Asain girl playing her. Nothing wrong with them, they just aren't "Mara".

But, getting back to original topic, for Mara, I always imagined someone young looking, brown hair, brown eyes. I'd hate to attempt to put a current actress against her, but I wouldn't entirely disagree with Summer Glau. But even with her - something just doesn't sit right...

*ponders*
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