The Casting Call
If My Book Were Made Into a Movie
35-Day Author Blog Challenge, Day 30. Ultra, Ultimate Blog Challenge
Today’s Author Blog challenge asks us to imagine that our book has been made into a movie. Who would play the main characters in our screenplay? Who would direct it?
It would be directed by Ron Howard, who understands the idiosyncrasies of small town life. He would pin that down.
Now on to the acting roles…
If Mobility Matters had been made into a movie way back in the 60s, I would have, hands down, chosen Lucille Ball to play my role.
She had the right kind of comic timing and facial expressions for many of the situations that my character encountered. On of the aspects of her acting that I admired was her ability to play out the drama of a scene. She got all carried away with her plans, imagining how easy something would be, brushing away everyone’s fears and worries . The actual situation was fraught with mishaps, sometimes even danger. Much like my own life. She would bring my inner thoughts out perfectly. I can imagine her stuck in the turnstyle scene. It’s just as easy to imagine her crossing State Street with her eyes covered with sleeps shades. I can see her going up to the road and turning back several times, “Waaa,” she’d cry, “I don’t want to cross the street. I can’t see!” Yes, she would capture the comic part of it perfectly.
If it were made in the 70s or 80s, I’d choose Carol Burnette to play me. She would have the comic input but she’d also a add a bit of drama and pathos. She would be less of a ham, I used ot love that dramatic music playing in the background. The way she made faces in her show would bring out the humor in my character. But it would add depth if she played me. The situations would be funny in a different way. I can also see her headed to the street and turning back, getting lost, asking the same types of questions my character did and using that low shocked voice that characterized her as Eunice, “When can I use my get-out-of-jail-key?” She would grab the Bob’s shirt front in fury and frustration. I can see it play out now.
I can also see Julio’s role acted out by Tim Conway. He looks somewhat like Julio and has that droll don’t-let-it-go personality and humor. Something about his tone of voice would go well with Julio’s character.
Bob might be played by Harvey Korman, a tall gentleman with impeccable habits. I loved the butler role he played in the sketches. He moved precisely and stood by his his words. Like Bob, he was certainly formal with proper terminology and sentence structure. But every once in awhile, he threw a zinger out – like Bob did–and also with a straight face. I could see Korman smoking a pope. He’d admit well to Bob’s role.
The ages of this cast simply wouldn’t work today. While Carol Burnett and Tim Conway are still alive, at 82 and 82, respectively, Harvey Korman is no longer with us. I would have to find a different cast.
I think Renee Zelwegger would suit my role quite well today. I love her sense of humor and the way she moves (clumsily) and then looks shocked at herself. She becomes embarrassed and cannot hide it well, exactly like me. That innocent, horrified look would come across and steal the audience’s hearts. I can see great depth in her acting and that would bring out the spiritual connection and seeking in my book. I can imagine the turning point scene when my character listens to a song and breaks down in tears. Renee would carry this off and leave everyone rooting for her.
But I don’t know who would play the two other lead characters of Julio and Bob? Or Mrs. Curtis, the principal.
So, I’ll be writing the screenplay and invite Renee Zelwegger to play my part. If you’ve read my book, I’d love your input on actors to play Julio and Bob, or even Mrs. Curtis.
You’ve just read “The Casting Call” by Amy L. Bovaird. Copyright October 12, 2015. Don’t forget to leave a comment and your choice of actors for the remaining characters.