Campaigning for Coin: Jessica Tuck Thursday 04 July, 2013

Welcome to Day 11 of Campaigning for Coin! Your favorite Hunger Games fan sites have joined forces to introduce you to 13 actresses who are either fan favorites for the role of Coin or favorites of the fan site admins. New Campaigning for Coin posts will go up at noon ET every Tuesday and Thursday, so keep an eye out for them! And do be sure to let us know what you think of each potential Coin. If you missed Day 10, click here to read what we had to say about Sela Ward.

Today’s potential Coin is…Jessica Tuck! Tuck is probably best known for her roles on for her roles on One Life to Live, Judging Amy, and — of course — True Blood!

Here’s what the fan sites had to say:

Hunger Games Fireside Chat
Savanna: Of all the potential Coins that we’ve discussed so far, Jessica Tuck is definitely my favorite! She comes very, very close to the fuzzy mental image of Coin that I developed while reading Mockingjay, and I think her look would really be perfect for the role. Tuck’s character on True Blood, Nan Flanagan, is a vampire rights activist and figure of authority in the vampire community. Although she always appears calm and poised in her public appearances, she’s quite ruthless and agenda-pushing behind the scenes. Remind you of anyone? While Flanagan and Coin are obviously very, very different, seeing how effectively Tuck portrays that “type” has convinced me that she would have no trouble bringing Coin to life and making her every bit as compelling as she is on the page. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that the powers that be will want to bring in an A-lister to play Coin, and Tuck — while an absolutely gifted actress — is simply not at that level.

HG Girl on Fire
Sheila: Jessica Tuck is one of my favorite fan casting choices to play President Coin. Best known to me as Nan Flanagan (the Vampire Spokesperson) in HBO’s True Blood series, Jessica is easily able to play someone in a position of authority with a great deal of political power, while having an agenda behind her agenda. On screen she easily plays the part of the well-spoken politician, but behind the scenes switches her persona to be one of the most ruthless vampires they have on the show. Jessica’s character does what she does to get the job done and doesn’t apologize for it. She believes in her power and her right to wield it. In my opinion, if Jessica’s ability to play this type of character doesn’t scream President Coin, I’m not sure what does.
Crystal: I admit, the news about Julianne Moore possibly being Coin depressed me. Jessica Tuck has been the Coin in my head for at least a couple of years now. If you’re not sure who she is by name, she plays Nan Flanagan on True Blood and boy is she awesome at being curt, cold, and to-the-point. No matter who is cast for the part, if it’s not Jessica Tuck, I’ll probably keep seeing her as Coin. I’ll probably even pretend it’s her while watching the movies, that’s how badly I want her to be Coin!

Panem Propaganda
Arowana: Well Jessica Tuck definitely has THE AUTHORITY (Boom! True Blood joke straight off the bat) to play Alma Coin. As Nan Flanagan in True Blood, Tuck has already demonstrated that she has the stones to play a character that appears to be a fine upstanding leader of a segregated community, only to morph into someone quite unpleasant once the cameras turn off. The more I thought about this casting, the more I realised the parallels between Flanagan and Coin and the more I liked it. Flanagan isn’t afraid of a bit of collateral damage in her vision of the future, just like Coin, and in fact (Series 4 spoiler ahead) shortly before her decline, she too reveals a desire to overthrow the leadership status quo. Jessica Tuck performs this with spectacular ruthlessness and a steely authoritative stare. Keep in mind that Coin has brought her District through a survival-threatening disease outbreak already, and holds them tightly under a tattooed routine with heavy restrictions on all kinds of rations. She’s a scary lady with eyes the colour of “slush that you wish would melt away,” which I can see in Jessica Tuck. Of course, this might mean that Alma’s ulterior motives will be clearer sooner but let’s also remember that this woman played Sharpay and Ryan’s mother in High School Musical 2 and 3, and any woman who can withstand that girl can believably rule a nation.

Welcome to District 12
Courtney/Tiffany: Jessica Tuck is in the correct age range for Coin, but this choice isn’t one of those “wow” choices we would like for such a big role. We know some fan sites really love her for Coin so we trust their judgment in acting ability, however she doesn’t have as much film experience as we would like. Her character on True Blood has many Coin qualities as well but we just don’t think she’s a big enough name for such a large role.

Well, you’ve heard what we have to say! What do YOU think? Would Jessica Tuck make a good Coin? Leave a comment and let us know!

And be sure to check out our entire Campaigning for Coin series:

Glenn Close
Tilda Swinton
Joan Allen
Sigourney Weaver
Anjelica Huston
Alex Kingston
Cate Blanchett
Julianne Moore
Katey Sagal
Sela Ward
Jessica Tuck
Helen Hunt
Helen Mirren

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