Just a bit of casting news. A kind of film and book intercourse, if you like:
If you've read Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, do you see this young woman on the right playing Esther Greenwood?
In an interview with MTV News, Julia Stiles talks about playing a character heading towards breakdown. I look forward to catching the movie, if it comes to the local cinema. I think Julia Stiles is one of those refreshing, intelligent young actress who just never seem to get a lucky break from Hollywood. She always seems better than the roles she was given, sort of like her character in Mona Lisa Smile - who is smarter than most people, who could have gone to law school, but just didn't.
As for Sylvia Plath, she is certainly a writer that captured the modern imagination. I like some of her poetry, although I confess I preferred the visceral, masculine energy of Ted Hughes's earlier poetry (I loved Crow. It was naughty with a shamanic lyricism) to her somewhat melodramatic style. But my preference for Ted Hughes is something I usually do not discuss; the Sylvia Plath cult often attracts rabid harpies that would scratch out the eyes of anyone who even remotely enjoys Ted Hughes's works. I say that because I had the misfortune of being set upon by one of these Plathian Harpies. It was unpleasant - and I might add, a little insane? Since then I try to avoid people who profess to an unnatural passion for Plath.
Right now I hope Julia Stiles can pull off her role in The Bell Jar.
Some Fantasy Casting: My ex and I used to play this game: if we could cast any actors or actresses dead or alive in a movie of our choice, what movie would we make? One of my choices is to have Julia Stiles and Leonardo Di Caprio play "identical" twins for Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Can you just see it?
Now for the Harry Potter readers: Can you see Naomi Watts as Narcissa Malfoy? According to the Courier Mail, Watts has just signed on to play the wife of Lucius Malfoy, mother of Draco and sister to Bellatrix Lestrange (Their mother probably was friendly with the milk-man or something.)
The Harry Potter movies always seem to get it right with their casting. Even when the actors have very little to do, or they get only 5 minutes screen time, they can still just stay onscreen and just embody the characters. I can't even begin to imagine anyone else besides Alan Rickman as Snape anymore. And is there anyone in the world who can out-Bellatrix Helena Bonham-Carter?
I'm looking at Naomi Watts's milky skin and her pale blondness against that long silky blondness of Jason Isaacs. I think it's a match made in hairdressing heaven. There's a lot of great blonde hair in the Malfoy family. (I bet even their dog is blonde.) They should go do shampoo commercials together.
Lucius Malfoy: "I'm too sexy for my hair."
Yes, it's a frivolous post. It's that kind of day.