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Post Could an older Dodger work?
Now, I know it's cute and all, to have a little kid with a giant hat and oversized coat and whatnot, but does The Dodger HAVE to be a young kid?

I think it'd be kind of funny, touching, and at the same time, a bit sad, to have this immature older kid who thinks he's wise to the ways of the world because of what he's learned from Fagin and Bill, who still gets outshined by little Oliver. It adds almost a whole other dimension to various character interactions, the jealousies, lifestyle choices, etc.

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I imagine it could work. Plenty of the Dodgers in the movies based on the book have been 15 or 16, after all.


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Well in the book he's described as short for his age and around the same age as Oliver.

However, I've seen a very old movie adaption where both Dodger and Charlie were adults... And then there's the Disney version with Elijah Wood as Dodger and he's soo tall. lol

If I were to see Oliver! with an older Dodger I don't think I would be too disappointed as long as they played the part very well.

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Elijah Wood tried it and it was just kinda'... awkward. People are just used to seeing a little kid, I guess. I am.

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lilgavroche wrote:
Well in the book he's described as short for his age and around the same age as Oliver.

However, I've seen a very old movie adaption where both Dodger and Charlie were adults... And then there's the Disney version with Elijah Wood as Dodger and he's soo tall. lol

If I were to see Oliver! with an older Dodger I don't think I would be too disappointed as long as they played the part very well.


no. in the novel he is an undersized 18 year old

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Interesting.


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jackissensational wrote:
Elijah Wood tried it and it was just kinda'... awkward. People are just used to seeing a little kid, I guess. I am.


Haha I hadn't heard that Elijah Wood did that, so I youtubed it.. and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4cz8KyyKg0

HAHA, it is awkward!

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Haha based on the book description I'd be perfect for Dodger :)

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I'd actually prefer to see an older Dodger, one that's closer to the age of the original story.

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Kinda late....

In the summer I got recalled for Dodger, I'm 15 and about 5 foot 4/5. I got down to the final 7 (out of about 400 people who auditioned) and in the end they decided to give it to a smaller kid with the cute factor.

But, the one thing that annoyed me was the fact that this kid looked the part, but his stage presence was terrible! His understudy was much better... It was a typical "WTF was the director thinking? I could have done that role much better!" scenario.

However, I think the audiences want the younger Dodger's.

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Salome wrote:
lilgavroche wrote:
Well in the book he's described as short for his age and around the same age as Oliver.

However, I've seen a very old movie adaption where both Dodger and Charlie were adults... And then there's the Disney version with Elijah Wood as Dodger and he's soo tall. lol

If I were to see Oliver! with an older Dodger I don't think I would be too disappointed as long as they played the part very well.


no. in the novel he is an undersized 18 year old


From Oliver Twist, Chapter 8:
Quote:
"Upon this, the
boy crossed over; and walking close up to Oliver, said,

'Hullo, my covey! What's the row?'

The boy who addressed this inquiry to the young wayfarer, was
about his own age:
but one of the queerest looking boys that
Oliver had even seen."


There's proof.

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lilgavroche wrote:
Salome wrote:
lilgavroche wrote:
Well in the book he's described as short for his age and around the same age as Oliver.

However, I've seen a very old movie adaption where both Dodger and Charlie were adults... And then there's the Disney version with Elijah Wood as Dodger and he's soo tall. lol

If I were to see Oliver! with an older Dodger I don't think I would be too disappointed as long as they played the part very well.


no. in the novel he is an undersized 18 year old


From Oliver Twist, Chapter 8:
Quote:
"Upon this, the
boy crossed over; and walking close up to Oliver, said,

'Hullo, my covey! What's the row?'

The boy who addressed this inquiry to the young wayfarer, was
about his own age:
but one of the queerest looking boys that
Oliver had even seen."


There's proof.


I think Salome means the script / book / libretto.

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