As it would happen, Ron Perlman was my idea for Pete Bondurant too. But he's also too old for the part. In fact, I had a great cast for American Tabloid 10 years ago. George Clooney as Kemper Boyd, William H Macy as Ward Littel, and Ron Perlman as Pete Bondurant. Christina Hendricks is basically the living embodiment of Barb Jahleka.