Christmas has come early. I have actually spent the last year working on a little game for the internet. It was a little idea I had in my head, but wasn’t sure if it would actually work or not. I have spent the last year working on it, seeing if it actually made sense on paper, as well as that crazy head of mine and to everyone’s surprise, it totally did. So, ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you the Fantasy Acting League.
It is essentially the same as a Fantasy Football team (in the UK, at the very least – you Americans have a far more complicated fantasy league system when it comes to sport). Everyone who wants to take part must pick three actors and three actresses that they think will score them the most points in 2015. The beauty of it is that once you’ve picked your six champions, the rest of the work is up to me and you just sit back, drinking cocktails, until you find out if you’ve won or you’ve lost at the end of next year. Obviously the talent is in picking your six champions. You have to try and work out who is going to score the most points. Sure, perhaps Chris Pratt might blow everyone else out of the water with a Five Star Jurassic World movie, but maybe you are better off picking an actor who will be in several movies next year. Even if half of them are awful, you might get more points than Pratt out of sheer numbers.
I have devised the point scoring system below. Just so you know, I am using Empire magazine in the UK as a source for reviews and verdicts. I am not using my own site to judge whether something is three stars or whatever. Remember, Americans: you we get your Hollywood blockbusters much later, so when it hits the end of the month, we might not be able to mark that December movie you were counting on, as it won’t appear for us until January. On the flip side, maybe one of the OSCAR-fuelled movies you have already seen could be a February release for us and therefore actually score some points in this league. This does also mean that a few movies could be missed off the list, namely B Movies. I am afraid I am not going to mark points for anything not mentioned by Empire, because they do cover most films and if anyone is picking a B Movie actor in their league, you are pretty much taking the biggest gamble there is. Also, I cannot guarantee Bane-Locked or the IPC Movie will garner enough profit for a sequel. TV shows do not count in this game. Anyway the point system is as follows:
3 Points for a Lead Role
2 Points for a Supporting Role
1 Point for a Cameo
3 Points for a Five Star review
2 Points for a Four Star review
3 Points for a Three Star review
0 Points for a Two Star review
-1 Points for a One star review
2 Points if Empire Magazine specifically compliments your chosen champion’s performance.
-2 Points if Empire Magazine specifically criticises your chosen champion’s performance.
To give you a general idea of how the tables would look, this is what my team looked like at the end of the year. There is actually one more month of play, but I wanted to give everyone a month to think about their teams, so I am ending this year early, as it was just a test round and was only myself playing. But that does make me the reigning champion.
Matthew McConaughey: 22
Christian Bale: 13
Samuel L. Jackson: 7
Jennifer Lawrence: 21
Eva Green: 11
Scarlett Johannsson: 28
Overall: 102 Points
And it really is that simple. You have until Boxing Day to hand in your teams and scoring begins with the January issue of Empire magazine. Email me your six actors to email@example.com. I will update the teams constantly throughout the year, so we can all see who is winning. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below. I hope this turns into an annual thing and it gathers lot of support.
Lots of love,
Luke ‘There’s Nowhere Else I’d Rather Be’ Abbott
This is a great idea, mate. I’ll grab me some of this action! I’ll be in touch after I’ve pondered some more and done a little digging.
I am so in.
Just dropping off the week deadline for this buddy. Could you send your three actors and three actresses to the usual email, please mate?
Ok mate will get that over to you soon. What’s the status on your question of the month btw?
Tomorrow, I promise
definitely gonna take part! Can more than one team have the same actor? or will we have a draft?
More than one team may have the same actor.
Cool. Gonna have to think about this one! Thanks Luke.
Could I have your picks sometime this week, so we can get started with this? Usual email, bud.
I would definitely be in.
Hey Marshall. Could I have your picks this week please? Send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This sounds like a blast! I’m in.
Drew, could you send your picks over to email@example.com this week please? Cheers, mate.
Oops, I forgot to get that together. Thanks for the reminder.
I’m in! Sounds like fun!
Hey Debbie. Could I get your three actors and three actresses by the end of the week please? You can send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, Luke–I did send them, a couple of weeks ago. Maybe it went to the wrong email? No worries–I’ll resend.
Hi, Luke–I resent my list. Let me know if you didn’t get it.
Dude, feckin brilliant this. Count me in for sure.
Tom, the deadline is closing in. Could I get your picks by the end of the week, please, mate? Usual email.
Count me in 🙂
Hey Mr. Movie, could you drop your picks over at email@example.com by the end of the week, please?
Thanks for reminding me … Totally forgot, but will do 🙂
Ohh…. I like the sound of this. I’m in! I’m in!! You may have to tell the Americans when Boxing Day is… Lol 🙂
Oh man this sounds cool…but put me down as a “maybe” because I am awful at making decisions. Haha. Fun stuff, Luke!
Did you decide if you wanted to have a crack at this, Cara? If so, could you send me your picks to the usual email by the end of the week, please?
Nah, buddy. I’m way too indecisive for this. Lol. Can’t wait to see who wins though! 🙂
This is awesome. I definitely want to play.
Week deadline! Could you send your picks to the usual email sometime this week, please Abbi? Cheers 🙂
🙂 Great idea. Will have to think on my champions for a bit here haha.
Zoe, could I have your picks for this sometime this week, please? Usual email.
Thanks for the reminder! Will send it to you!
This looks like a lot of fun. Can I still enter? I’m really behind on my reading.
Sure. Just drop me an email.
Hey. Just letting you know we have entered the week deadline, so if you still want to take part, could you send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the week, please? Thank you.