Character Inspiration: Donovan Circus Lookalikes (Sheffield)

For funsies I’m doing a celebrity lookalike game for my Donovan Circus characters. You can see my three picks for Lucy Sullivan here.

Step right up, Sheffield Donovan! It’s time to take a look at our owner and ringmaster. This guy is dear to my heart and I learn a little more about him everyday. Over the course of the books, while he is Lucy’s boss, he also becomes a father figure of sorts. He cares deeply for his circus family and would do anything – and I do mean anything – for them. One of my favorite things about him is how he refers to Lucy (“I don’t know, kid”) because it strengthens their bond (plus, it’s so very Han Solo. The things you learn from me, right?!).

That 'stache.

That ‘stache.

Sheffield’s an interesting character because he’s got a sketchy past of his own. There are mistakes he’s trying to make up for, and he’s constantly reminding himself of his humanity. Because of his gift, of what he is – a Collector – he has to keep a safe balance between helping others and flat out taking their gift by accident. You can read BURNED to find out more about his history, his friendship with Lucy’s father, and one of his biggest fears. (See what I did there?!) Now, let’s get to the fun part.

First, let’s talk about that mustache. This photo on the left has the perfect ringmaster handlebar mustache I envision. It’s essential to Sheffield’s character, a physical attribute that’s become a part of him.

He’s even got the coif I picture Sheffield having. Sheffield Donovan is a logical, very standard guy’s guy – but he’s also a showman, so he understand being put together. Each night, he dresses to impress and that includes a slicked back hairstyle, the mustache just so, and his outfit clean and pressed.

So now that we’ve talked about the very necessary mustache, let’s talk celebrity lookalikes. I’ve got three picks below here and I’m curious to see if any surprise or excite you (you know, should my books ever be made into a movie *snort*).

Bruce Greenwood

Bruce Greenwood

Bruce Greenwood is my top pick for Sheffield. Put that mustache on him and he’s exactly who I picture. He’s old enough where he’s got plenty of wisdom, but still young and spry enough to have a handle on all things Donovan Circus. He’s tough and firm on his employees, but still cares and shows empathy when needed. Plus – what a good looking guy, right?!

Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels is another great actor I’d love to see as Sheffield Donovan. He’s definitely got the firmness down and the no-nonsense attitude required of a busy ringmaster. He’s funny, too, and I can see him making those off-handed snarky remarks to Lucy under his breath or rolling his eyes when he thinks she’s being overdramatic. 

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

Obviously I’m dreaming out of my league, but I love Jeff Bridges. He can play stern or soft, empathetic or vengeful, and I think he would really flesh out the roundness of Sheffield’s character. There might be a gruffness about him, but also a very old school type of charm that reminds me of Sheffield – because he is, after all, a performer himself. But he’s a fighter, too, and Bridges could show that side of Sheffield never backing down from a fight. 

So, what do you guys think? Any of these 3 strike your fancy to play Sheffield Donovan? Or maybe you have other suggestions? I’d love to hear ’em. In the meantime, I’ll be working on more characters. I have one superb choice for Felix from GIFTED and another one for Grayson from BURNED. And of course, I have to get to Gabriel, Keegan, and the rest of Lucy’s gang. ‘Til then!

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