Wish upon a moviestar: Who would you choose to play you?

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Who would you choose to act the lead role in your life story?

This occurred to me when I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s book ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.

Julia Roberts played Gilbert, a tall, leggy blonde whose life turned to eating, praying and loving before morphing into a bestselling book and a Hollywood movie. Roberts is not blonde, but she is tall and leggy so the choice was more-or-less right.

Casting actors to play real people — particularly those still alive (or recently deceased) — is challenging: Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs? Did anyone think the late computer guru was that good looking.

Movies are based on star power. By having a star attached to a project there’s a better chance of a film being produced. This is why actors rarely resemble their true life counterparts. Famous actors are glamorous people — which is why they are Hollywood stars. Yet, if casting were true to life nobody could cast a Hollywood star; they are too attractive.

No one looks that good in suburbia.

Most of us — unless we do something that warrants a Hollywood makeover  (like eating, praying and loving) — will never have a movie made of our lives.  This leaves us free to imagine anyone we want in the title role.

I’d choose Candice Swanepoel. If you don’t’ know Candice Swanepoel, she’s a Victoria’s Secret supermodel; a super gorgeous, tall, leggy blonde (this is my fantasy remember, and we aren’t aiming for accuracy!).

If Candice is unavailable,  I’ll settle for Isabel Lucas (to play me in my 20s) and for the older version I’ll take Uma Thurman.

What about you?

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Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.


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