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That's Rich: Casting for Klaus

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I'm an unabashed fan of The Vampire Diaries and to those of you reading my column who are not familiar with The CW show, all I have to say is: sorry, get your own column!

Also: you really should watch it. This is not some cheesy, Twilight-esque drama aimed at 13-year old girls. It's actually a well-acted, suspenseful hour of television that guarantees at least one legitimately shocking twist each week.

As viewers await the show's January 27 return, most are asking one question: who should play Klaus, the oldest, most powerful vampire on the planet? Producers say they have been watching tapes of actors from around the world and are seeking someone with "charisma and gravitas."

Allow me to offer a pair of suggestions:

  • Brian Moser
  • Knepper

Christian Camargo
Unless you're a fan of Dexter, you might be asking: who?!? But that's partly the point. The show should aim for a relative unknown, someone viewers only see as Klaus. While stunt casting can be fun, it can also be distracting and not serve the storyline well.

Camargo is best known for playing Dexter's creepy brother on this Showtime hit's first season. We don't want to spoil anything, but, trust me, that performance proved he can be both menacing and charismatic.

Robert Knepper
Has seen his profile take off since he stole every Prison Break scene as T-Bag. He'll actually reprise that role on the upcoming drama Breakout Kings, but would be an ideal choice if he could make time for a stop in Mystic Falls.

With a smile almost as sly as Ian Somerhalder's, Knepper could go toe-to-toe, snark-to-snark with this Salvatore brother. Was so convincing as a murderous pedophile on the aforementioned Fox show that I'd never let the actor near my children. In other words: he won't have a problem scaring viewers.

What do you think of these choices? Who would you cast as Klaus? Leaving out the best, most realistic and frightening possibility, of course: Mel Gibson.

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I think Zachary Quinto would play a an awesome Vampire and he would be perfect to play Klaus. forget bring in an unknown! Get a guy that many people loved as a villian as Sylar on Heroes and let him grasp the role of the most powerful Vampire. He would bring in a truck load of fans that follow him and it would create some more excitment that will keep them momentum going in this show.

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ian somerhalder for klaus ;)

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I can't wait for klaus to show up just to solve who's gonna play him my pics or for julian mcmohn ( idk if I spelled his name right ) or someone like ian who can be bad but you still would love him and want to be the one to change him ( also a bit off topic but ian dosnt look 32 he looks amzing ) . Also david boreanez would be good but he's doing bones . I can imagine someone like ford sawer from lost playing him because he was great on lost ( of topic again ian based damon on ford ) .

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It's a little off topic but I just had to bring it up, @whateva, I know what u mean with Ian! It's pissing me off cuz he has great hair when it isn't styled by TVD stylists, but they keep messing it up! Other than that I like Camargo :)

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Robert Knepper would be awesome, I loved him on Heroes as the Baddie did such a good job (Althou the last season of Heroes was wickedly lame, the villain role he played was still good.) He'd make an awesome Klaus

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers would be PERFECT!

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Robert Knepper is not goood.... He's short, old, and I dont see this charisma and "elegance" like we see with lets say Elijah Julian Mc Mahon and Zachary Quinto are my faves for Klaus

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SOmeone said Robert is a bit old. Ian is 32 and is starting to look it because of how been styling his hair. I personally would like Jonathan Jackson to be Klaus, is does intimidation pretty good however, KW and JP don't write good enough for him as this season's writing has been a bit fickle and sometimes even pure shitty.

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Yes! Julian McMahon really would fit perfectly!

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Christian Camargo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

I wanna say thank you for giving me everything I always wanted. A love to consume me, and passion, and adventure. There's nothing more I could ever want than for it to last forever, but it can't. This is the last time I'm gonna see you. This is goodbye, Damon.

Elena [to Damon]
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