"Smallville" casts Pam Grier as Amanda Waller

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David
http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/11/09/exclusive-smallville-lands-pam-grier/#more-3915

Exclusive: 'Smallville' lands Pam Grier!
by Michael Ausiello

Smallville’s coolness quotient just soared to new heights.

Blaxploitation icon-turned-L-Word staple Pam Grier is joining the cast
for multiple episodes, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Grier has been booked to play DC Comics villainess Agent Amanda
Waller. Never heard of her? This should bring you up to speed.

The Golden Globe nominated actress (for Jackie Brown) will make her
debut in the second hour of the upcoming Justice Society-centric
two-parter, “Legends,” scheduled to air in late January.

Pretty cool, huh?
                                            
hielan
http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/11/09/exclusive-smallville-lands-pam-
grier/#m

Isn't the Wall supposed to be, well, rather large? Pam Grier simply lacks 
the, ah, heft. Now, if they cast Kristie Alley in blackface, that'd be about 
the right size...
                                            
BC
She any relation to Fats Waller?  'Bout time they got some good music on 
this show and dumped Remy Zero.
                                            
Bradster
Just checked wikipedia. Looks like Pam turned 60 this years.  I hope she can 
pull it off.
                                            
BC
I don't think she can do much damage to the show.  Actually I don't think 
the actors should take any blame for an episode or arc not working.
                                            
Wickeddoll
Don't feed the troll.

Natalie
                                            
BC
Basically the subtext there was that I'm not that excited about it.  She's a 
fine actress as proven by Jackie Brown, a film I could watch again.  The 
show needs some more regular characters, not more super freaks.  They need a 
"Floyd the barber" or a bartender that's not crazy or how about this novel 
idea -- an older editor like "Perry White" from the REAL Superman story --  
someone to ground the show.
                                            
Wickeddoll
PREACH it, Beece!

Natalie
                                            
SuperMenace
Oh, shut up.

My only quarrel with this is the description of Amanda Waller as a
"villainess" in the comics.  She's not.
                                            
hielan
No. Pam Grier could get her whole body into one leg of the Wall's pantyhose. 
Pam's way too small for the part. She's got the attitude, but not the size. 
Simple as that.


She called an air strike in on _everybody_ once. League, bad guys, and 
herself.
                                            
Christopher
She's a great actress. I hope this doesn't end up like Robert Picardo's (the 
doctor from Voyager's) role as a mad monk.


She's still a bureaucrat--a stuffed suit. She's not bad to the bone.


W. Pooh (AKA Winnie P.)
                                            
Anim8rFSK
She certainly was in the 'toons though.
                                            
Invid
No, she thought she was doing the right thing. The Justice League
Unlimited episode Epilogue showed her working with the League after the
whole Cadmus thing.
                                            
Anim8rFSK
Luthor thinks he's doing the right thing too; doesn't mean he's not a 
bad guy.
                                            
Shawn
She's kinda grey.  Government agent (well, bureaucrat, agents report
to her) and all that.  I've loved her since the old Suicide Squad
days.

But, yeah, I have nothing against Pam Grier, but 'The Wall' is <ahem>
not a small woman.  Bad casting is a pet peeve of mine.
                                            
Hunter
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says...
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Actually and unfortunately the casting in terms of her girth maybe 
quite accurate:

Grier today:

http://tinyurl.com/yca8g9s

How Amanda Waller is traditionally portrayed:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ef/Amanda_waller.JPG

Not that far off unfortunately. :-(

Personally if she was still alive I would had chosen Nell Carter:

http://I.imdb.com/Photos/Events/1197/NellCarter_Granitz_186794.jpg

Ah Pam in the old days:

http://tinyurl.com/yb77fvc

http://tinyurl.com/ybeoge4

http://tinyurl.com/yex2c2l
                                            
Wickeddoll
Do you mean she's obese, or just tall?  Grier is quite tall, IIRC

Natalie
                                            
Shawn
She's not tall...  But she's more solid than 'obese' implies.
                                            
Wickeddoll
Okay.

Natalie
                                            
hielan
I mean she weighs about twice what Pam Grier weighs and would be shorter.

She's also bad enough to intimidate the assorted supervillans in the Suicide 
Squad _and_ most of the Justice League as well. She's large and in charge, 
and don't you forget it.
                                            
Shawn
Justice League hell, she has outwilled *Batman*...
                                            
SuperMenace
In article



They get a good actress with a lot of history to play Waller, and all
the fanboys can do is bitch about how she's isn't short or fat enough
to play her.

Tell you what.  Let's get the night-shift cashier at my local Denny's
to play Waller.  I have no idea if she has any talent -- probably not
                                            
Wickeddoll
Wow, I hope she doesn't have to fatten up for the part - she's already 
impossibly beautiful for her age.

Natalie
                                            
Anim8rFSK
We mean she's not tall, and built like a brick shithouse.
                                            
Wickeddoll
Grier isn't exactly flat-chested!

Natalie
                                            
David
Her nickname is "Wall".
                                            
Wickeddoll
I'm gettin' that.

Natalie
                                            
Anim8rFSK
I meant overall, not just boobily

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/Amand
aWaller.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_KWR_gvxCigs/SRumOWFOJbI/AAAAAAAAAsM/jZeDJkJ71oQ
/s320/amanda+waller1.JPG

http://home.comcast.net/~glassmancustoms/Customs/waller1.jpg

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2uoj2p3&s=5
                                            
Wickeddoll
K

Natalie