Every now and then on Spenser's Sneakers, we play the casting game. Parker's characters are difficult to cast, partly because their ethnicity is very clearly described. For many viewers, this took Joe Mantegna out of the running for Spenser right away.
This has started me thinking, Why not cast actors as close to the characters' backgrounds/experience as I can get? I came up with:
Matthew Fox as Spenser - Like Spenser, Fox was born in Wyoming. He has the height, the rugged good looks, the athleticism, and the higher education.
Sarah Silverman as Susan - From the New England area, has the intellect, and the sort of beauty that sneaks up on you. She's a comedian, but can play it straight. Remember how sassy Susan used
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Hawk - Is not an exact match for Hawk ethnically, but is both physically intimidating and well spoken.
These are younger actors than I'd like, but they allow you to picture a longer series.