Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Unfortunate Castings

Here's my contribution today to a celebrity-obssessed world -- why do they cast the wrong characters for eagerly awaited, movie-adaptations of best-selling books???!

Case in point, check out this list:
  • Tom Hanks cast as Robert Langdon, the main crime-buster in the Da Vinci CodeHarrison Ford

    What the heck?! I thought that Dan Brown even wrote in the book that Langdon looked like Harrison Ford?! Is Tom Hank's voice "chocolate for ears"?

    Who cast this movie?!

    I mean, don't get me wrong, I LOVE Tom Hanks. But, I don't think he's right for the role! Maybe even Pierce Brosnan would be good (in my expert opinion :))...
  • Zhang Ziyi cast as Sayuri from Memoirs of a Geisha

    Zhang ZiyiZhang Ziyi isn't even Japanese! Nor does she speak Japanese! She doesn't even have a Japanese-ish face!

    Again, don't get me wrong, Zhang Ziyi is beautiful and she is always starring in sweeping historical dramas like Hero or The House of Flying Daggers.

    But, the role isn't going to be very authentic with a Chinese woman playing grey-eyed Sayuri.
  • Meryl Streep cast as the Anna Wintour-ish editor of The Devil Wears Prada

    Famke JanssenAgain, no offense to Meryl Streep -- who is an amazing actress -- but she does not make me think of a cold, difficult head of a fashion publishing empire.

    Why couldn't they have cast Famke Janssen or some other scary beauty? (I'm sure Famke is a nice person and all, but her beauty is sort of intimidating.)

    Well, but anyway, for some reason, I still think Streep can knock this one out of the park. She's like Dustin Hoffman!

Okay, thanks for listening, I'm going to go back to my regular role as a nonentity in Manhattan..