Okay, I’m going to try this again. I tried posting a blog yesterday and my amateurism came through with shining colors. The whole thing just fell apart.
I started by saying that my husband and I watched “The Lincoln Lawyer,” starring Matthew McConaughey a couple of nights ago. This was a movie adapted from one of Michael Connelly’s books. And any of you who have read my newsletter know I’m a Michael Connelly fan. The main character in this story, Mickey Haller, has appeared in several of Connelly’s books. He’s kind of a sleazy–but smart–guy who’s a defense lawyer. Matthew McConaughey did a decent job portraying the character as Connelly wrote him.
It’s always interesting to see who Hollywood chooses to play the various characters in movies adapted from popular books. One thing that happens with me is that once I see the movie, that character is cemented in my head. So now, in every Michael Connelly book I read from now on that has Mickey Haller in it, I will envision him looking and behaving like Matthew McConaughey.
I recall being appalled when “Lonesome Dove” was cast. I had read that book twice and no way could I see Robert Duval and Tommy Lee Jones as Gus and Call. I’ve read it again since the movie and I have a clear vision of their appearance and behavior characteristics when I read and I can’t imagine anyone else. Of course, if those two actors had done a bad job in those roles, I would think differently.
Sometimes the casting is perfect, as in “Gone with the Wind.” Can anyone imagine any performers other than Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable as Scarlett and Rhett? I watched an interesting documentary about the casting of GWTW. There was never a question who would play Rhett Butler, except for Clark Gable initially not wanting to do it. But the search for Scarlett became a national movement. Every actress in Hollywood tried for the role, including Joan Crawford. Can you imagine Joan Crawford as Scarlett? I always liked Joan Crawford, but she was no Scarlett O’Hara. LOL
Then there are all of the movies that have been adapted from Louis L’Amour books. John Wayne, Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott have brought L’Amour’s characters to life in the best of ways.
Currently, there’s a buzz going on about casting for Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels. I don’t know if it still exists, but at one time there was a Web site dedicated to the discussion of who should play Stephanie, Joe and Ranger. The perfect actress to play Grandma Mazur, Estelle Getty, has passed on, unfortunately. I’m curious to see who Hollywood selects. ….. If they ever get around to making the movie, that is.
So what do you think? Can you think of more movies adapted from good books where the casting was perfect? Or awful? Or just so-so?