Aug 26, 2011
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I started to think the other day that The cast of The Big Bang Theory could of been played by some of the top geeks at Google. Here’s what the show would of looked like if it had been a fly on the wall documentary at The Googleplex.
Larry Page is an obvious choice to play Sheldon Cooper. Sheldon is a narcissistic geek genius who values academic achievement as the pinnacle of a person’s achievements. The most socially awkward of the cast, Sheldon is a ruthless eccentric with an astronomical IQ. Larry would be a natural choice to play Sheldon. Larry has been instrumental in building Google to become one of the largest companies in the world. From the very beginning Larry has shown he is extremely confident in his own ability and how a superior academic education can lead you to change the world. Larry also shows the same cutting belief in himself, that is also bestowed on Sheldon and isn’t shy about making his views heard to others.
The slightly more down to earth Leonard Hofstadter would be played by the other half of the Google due, Sergey Brin. Leonard, much like Sheldon, is a born genius who flawlessly can hold his own against any academic he meets along his journey. Leonard’s love for Penny, however, reveals his softer more human and less uber geek personality. Sergey, much like his partner in crime Larry is a strong academic who views the world as a series of experiments and experiences. Sergey seems like he is more approachable and friendly than Larry, but he is still ruthless in his pursuits. Sergey, the current Google CEO after taking over from Eric Schmidt looks to be more than capable of leading Google onto bigger and better things.
Howard Wolowitz would of course be played by the legend of style himself, Chris Sacca. Howard and Chris share many of the same qualities beyond fashion. Both Howard and Chris are clearly extroverts who are not shy to make their personalities known. Chris was once $4 million in debt after the 2001 bubble burst but he fought is way back to black. Chris took on many roles whilst on Google, one of which had him flying round the world looking for potential sites for Google’s vast data centres and his part in the spectrum poker game that Google played. Howard is the ladies man of the group, always on hand with a smooth line for Penny or any other attractive female who graces him with her presence. Speaker of 5 languages, but still living at home, Howard is an integral part of the group.
Rajesh “Raj” Koothrapali would be played by instrumental Google employee and the man behind Google+, Vivek “Vic” Gundotra. Raj is a natural comedian but suffers from mutism whilst around women. Raj, is from India, yet he hates Indian food, but seems to love the word “Dude!”. Vic is a tech legend after working at Microsoft since 1991 before joining Google. Vic is one of the most influential Google employees and is known for his charity work as much as his work and successes at the Googleplex.
And last but not least, who else could play Penny but Marissa Mayer?! Penny is the spark that lights up the guys lives when she moves in across the hall. Penny adds a more down to earth view of the world and teaches the guys as much about her way of life as the guys teach her about Star Wars and quantum physics. Penny is outgoing and a social butterfly in comparison with the other main characters, but she adds a sense of normality to their eccentricities. Marissa Mayer is one of the longest serving Google employees and often the public face of the company. Marissa was the first female employee at Google, and so knows how to interact with a room full of male geeks. Marissa would be perfect for the role of Penny.