Campaigning for Coin: Sela Ward Tuesday 02 July, 2013

Welcome to Day 10 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 9, click here to read what we had to say about Katey Sagall.

Today’s potential Coin is…Sela Ward! Ward is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner best known for her roles on the TV shows Sisters, Once and Again, and CSI: NY.

Here’s what the fan sites had to say:

HG Girl on Fire
Sheila: When thinking about Sela Ward for the role of President Coin, one of the things I have the most trouble with, envisioning her as this character, is wondering if she has the steeliness and grit to pull of such a character. I remember Sela best for her work in The Fugitive, The Stepfather and The Day After Tomorrow. The one thing I remember about Sela in each of these roles was her capacity to play a loving, nurturing mom and wife, so I’m finding it difficult to see her in a role so different than ones she’s already played. With that said, however, I do think she has the acting ability to play more diverse roles, I’m just not so sure she is my President Coin.

The Hob
Lee: On the surface, Sela Ward seems an unlikely candidate to portray President Coin. Her roles tend towards more genteel, soft-spoken, circumspect characters, as we’ve seen in her parts on shows like CSI: NY and Sisters. However, it is these qualities I find so intriguing when envisioning Ms. Ward as President Coin. As Ms. Ward also stands tall and strong in her roles, she could make a credible Coin. Watchful and intense, the silence could work for her as the viewer would know she was focusing on her objective — domination, control and the quest to rule at all costs.
Carla: Sela Ward is known more as a TV actress than as a movie actress. Still, she’s not gone without recognition in her career, winning two Emmy awards and a Golden Globe, and has been nominated many times as well. I think she’s been widely recognized as a fantastic dramatic actress, and I definitely think she deserves the recognition because she is fantastic. I’ve been a fan of hers since I first saw her as the lead in the drama series Once and Again, and she is one of the actresses I respect the most nowadays. I wouldn’t call her my ideal Coin, but I think she could definitely pull it off if she was given the chance. She has a way about her that simply demands respect whenever she walks into a room, an aura of having things together and being in control, which I definitely think is something Coin should have. And while she might come across as perhaps “warmer” than most people imagine Coin would be, I think she would do well on the side of Coin that actually got her to power and gained her the respect of the people of Thirteen; she’s got to be somewhat charismatic, right? Sela Ward can definitely nail that side of her. And I’ve seen her play bitchy roles so flawlessly — maybe precisely because she’s so “warm” you don’t really expect her to turn the tables, which would be an awesome addition to the role. If I’m honest, I don’t think Sela Ward is really in contention for the role, because it practically demands a Hollywood A-lister to be cast; but in my eyes she’s still more than capable of playing Coin, and I think she’d be able to stand up to a cast of Oscar-nominated actors if given the chance. She won’t get the role, but we could do worse than her.

My Hunger Games
Jacqui: You might not recognize the name, but you are sure to recognize the face. Sela Ward has made numerous appearances on TV shows including House and CSI: NY. She is beautiful and she acts well. In fact, she took out an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal as Lily Manning in the series Once and Again. She also received nominations for playing a struggling artist and recovering alcoholic in the series Sisters. But could she be Alma Coin? To be honest, I don’t see why not, but there’s nothing about any of her performances that I have seen that make me think “SHE’S THE ONE.” She is the type of actress that exudes an inner calm and peace, and could definitely portray a leader that has the loyalty and respect of her fellow citizens. Perhaps then she would be the perfect ruse as Coin; to be revealed as a woman who SEEMS to want freedom and peace for the nation, but has no qualms in being cruel and manipulative and as self-serving as the most evil of dictators to get what she wants. I guess all in all, I have a fairly lukewarm response. I wouldn’t be disappointed, but nor would I be thrilled.

Panem Propaganda
Molly: I remember Sela Ward from the show Sisters way back in the 90s. What I remember most about her is her distinctive, patrician look and her deep, rich voice. She even had a young George Clooney playing her love interest on the show. Since Sisters, she’s been a television regular on shows such as Once and Again, House and CSI: NY. She’s won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. I think she’d be just fine as Coin, but that’s the problem. I don’t think any of us want a Coin that’s “just fine.” We want a Coin that will go toe to toe with Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland. We have an A-List cast, we need an A-List Coin.

Victor’s Village
Tiffany: I feel like you won’t recognize Sela Ward by her name, but you will by her face. Best known for roles on TV (House, CSI: NY, Once and Again) or movie parts as mothers (The Day After Tomorrow) and wives (The Fugitive), there’s a good chance you’ve seen her in something and would immediately recognize her beautifully striking look. If the filmmakers were looking for a lesser known woman as Coin, Sela Ward would be an interesting choice, but chances are she may not fit in with the likes of Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson and Philip Seymour Hoffman in acclaim and recognizability. She may have won her fair share of awards, but she is a little lacking in the household name department. I’ve always liked Sela Ward in the roles I’ve seen her in, and I think she could pull off Coin’s “severe” look, but Lionsgate, I feel, would want to reach a little higher.

Well, you’ve heard what we have to say! What do YOU think? Would Sela Ward 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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