Well, I don't know how Hollywood did it, but it did it. It picked the best person imaginable to play Number Six in the AMC remake of Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner. Who's the lucky guy? James Patrick Caviezel.
Like Patrick McGoohan, it's hard to know what James' "real" accent is, since he versatiley flips between them as needed for his roles.
And, like Patrick, he is extremely careful about what he will do as an actor. (Patrick valiantly refused to kiss his costars, and refused to take the role of James Bond on moral grounds). It "just so happens" that Jim's a Christian who lives out his faith. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) describes Mr. Caviezel this way:
"While filming High Crimes (2002), he refused to do any love scenes with on-screen wife Ashley Judd because it conflicted with his strong Catholic faith. It was also around this time when he was chosen by Mel Gibson to star as Jesus Christ in the upcoming, controversial film The Passion of the Christ (2004). The film went on to become one of the highest grossing movies of all-time and made Jim a household name.
Pretty awesome, no?
AMC has also posted each Prisoner episode online in its entirety. Wow.
In other Prisoneresque news, a local county councilman is taking the Prisoner iconography and running with it. His campaign slogan is "Gehrig for 2" and his signs feature the old-fashioned bike and font that will be familiar to -- a few. Nine people out of ten will most likely ask him "What's with the bike, you weirdo?" But that last person will smile knowingly, circle their forefinger and thumb, and salute.
Last week I noticed Rover in an electronic ad in town. I have contacted Gehrig's political campaign to see if that ad and his campaign are in any way connected.