Someone has to play the smart-aleck techie behind the scenes who's mocking BP via Twitter. (And judging from the disguise-clad, camera-shy twentysomething who controls the account and goes by the name Terry, it's not going to be he.) It's pretty easy to picture Rainn Wilson hunched over a PowerBook, glasses slipping down his nose, snickering maniacally as he taps out another quip/hit against the company. (A choice tweet from this week: "If you want to help clean up. Drive your cars fast and often. Let's melt those glaciers and dilute this mess! #bpcares.") Could that be because Wilson plays a similarly devious schemer on "The Office?" Probably.
Thad Allen's the man running the show, the Coast Guard admiral heading the effort to stop the oil billowing from beneath the Gulf. He talks tough -- he told ABC News "I'm the national incident commander" and dubbed the oil "an enemy that changes."
Comedian Brian Doyle-Murray, the older brother of Bill Murray, is known for his roles in "Caddyshack" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." He may not seem like the type of actor suited for such a serious part. But the picture doesn't lie -- put him in an admiral's uniform and he could be Allen's twin.
One thing the BP saga needs: more women. Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is one of the few females frequently speaking out about the oil spill, calling on the Obama administration to reconsider its ban on offshore drilling in an effort to keep area fisherman and drillers employed. She means business, and her message would resonate that much more in the throaty drawl of Kathleen Turner, who gets whatever (and whomever) she wants on "Californication."
You can practically hear the movie trailer voice announcing this one: "... and Kevin Costner as himself, the actor-turned-inventor with an army of oil-sucking machines that could save the earth." Maybe this story has a superhero after all.