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  • What age should Connor be this time around?



    Meaning, what age do you think Connor should receive his First Death and be frozen at, physically, in the remake? In the existing universe this happened at age 18.
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  • #2
    Hollywood's power of illusion could probably sell us "early 30s" for much longer than it could do so with the other options. Alternatively, they could hand wave the whole thing and say that immortals begin aging normally once the Gathering begins.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Tootsie Bee View Post
      Hollywood's power of illusion could probably sell us "early 30s" for much longer than it could do so with the other options.
      Yeah, I tend to agree. Though 30 in 1518 wouldn't look like 30 in 2017.

      Alternatively, they could hand wave the whole thing and say that immortals begin aging normally once the Gathering begins.
      That'd be interesting, but a little problematic. What about things like Fasil doing flips? Would they suddenly, too, start feeling the age of their bodies?
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      • #4
        Well, she didn't say they'd age abnormally quickly! Heehee. But we already had that, in The Source. The Immortals were drawn to a faraway land to fight for the Prize, and they started to age normally...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dubiousbystander View Post
          Well, she didn't say they'd age abnormally quickly! Heehee. But we already had that, in The Source. The Immortals were drawn to a faraway land to fight for the Prize, and they started to age normally...
          We don't know that they started to age normally, we just know that their healing factor went away.
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          • Coolwater
            Coolwater commented
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            My father pointed out that what we think of as age, really is the perception of cumulative damage. Injury to skin, injury to joints, injury to sensory systems, etc. When you don't heal, you "get old."

        • #6
          Originally posted by Andrew NDB View Post

          We don't know that they started to age normally, we just know that their healing factor went away.
          True indeed! We did not have enough time. My hero, Andrew Modeen!

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          • #7
            If we want to have a new franchise that lasts as long as the first one, we'll have to allow for aging actors. So, immortal but ageing logically gives us the grisly situation we had in The Source. I don't think that's a good plan.

            We could have a young actor made up (or CGIed) to look a bit older and then adjust the make up as he ages and that would give us an immortal. Age Progression software could give the make-up people a good idea of what our actor will look like as he ages. Also, it wouldn't hurt to remember that faces with thin muscles age more slowly than faces with heavy muscles, which sag.

            Or create story meta arcs that shift protagonists. That way we follow Connor, then maybe Duncan, ad then come back to Connor with a different, younger doppleactor.

            The only other thing I can think of is the Adrian Paul approach, which is to get a a really good plastic surgeon. (Yeah, yeah, "drink a lot of water.") It means that we have to take better care of our Connor: no basking in the sun, no dropping him on his head. And laying down wonderful action shots for future use would be good, too.
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            • #8
              But Adrian Paul does look his age...

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              • Coolwater
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                He does now, but he looked pretty good for the last film.

            • #9
              Just say that immortal's age slower than mortals because the immortality speeds up their healing process while slowing down the aging. We have already seen how even immortals can get out of shape through diet, drugs and a lack of exercise. I would still rather see all new characters and stories than a retelling of stories we have seen before. The movies that have gone that route have always bombed in the box office. Expand the franchise by creating new stories instead of reinventing what worked before.

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