After reading a blog post at Operatoonity by a guest blogger with her imagined cast list, I thought it might be fun to put my own cast together so I did just that with no thought to a casting budget or the possibility of temperamental artistes! Of course Amanda would accuse me of perhaps throwing a few of my own favorites in here but hey, if you can't develop an imagined cast list using the people you like then where's the fun in even developing one? Exactly! So, without further adieu,my choices for Gale's Dramatis Personae of "Don Juan in Hankey, PA" - ladies first of course!
Deanna Lundquist, A Community Organizer and Socialite, Recently Divorced: Diane Lane
Vivian Frantz Pirelli, The Heiress to the Frantz Ketchup Fortune, Famously Divorced: Michelle Pfeiffer
Oriane Longenecker, Hankey Native and Amateur Opera Singer: Jennifer Garner
Mary Rohrer, Richard’s Late Wife, A Ghost of Saintly Demeanor: Susan Sarandon
Paylor Frantz, Vivian’s Mother, a Lonely Widow: Cloris Leachman
Jeannie Jacobs, A Wealthy Widow, Originally from Hankey: Helen Mirren
And now on to the men ...
Dr. Richard Rohrer, A Retired Physician and Widower: Richard Dreyfuss
Carter Knoblauch, Impresario born in Cincinnati: Gary Sinise
Leandro Vasquez, A Dashing Professional Opera Singer of Dissolute Habits: Orlando Bloom
Arnaud Marceau, Local Balloon Entrepreneur and Clairaudient Medium: Carson Kressley
Maestro Schantzenbach, Diminutive Conductor of the Hankey Opera Company and Lover of Dachshunds: Hector Elizondo
Donny of Donny’s Catering, A Metrosexual Caterer: Christian Bale
Donato Bianco, Aging Professional Baritone Whose Star Has Lately Dimmed: John Cusack
Picking out who should play each character was almost as much fun as reading the book as I changed my mind a couple of times thinking which role would fit each actor and vice versa before I came up with my final choices. Trust me, if I had been able to work RDJ and Colin Firth in here as well I certainly would have but alas, I'll just have to wait for Gale to write another book to work them into the movie! Either that or she could write a sequel and I'll work them into that!
So ... go ... read the book and tell me if you like my casting choices! Personally I think I'm pretty spot on!
HOLD THE PRESSES! Since I wrote this post I've made one small casting change based on a comment from Jean and the fact that this person somehow or other managed to skip my mind when it came to casting for Leandro, the to-die-for Argentinian opera singer for whom all the women melt. I don't know WHAT I was thinking but obviously the best man for the role would be none other than the very sexy man with a golden voice and molten eyes ... Hugh Jackman!
Swoon! Thanks, Jean, for the reminder - I don't know where my head was yesterday but it was obviously not in the right place! I do hope that Jamie can forgive me!