Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Trying My Hand Out as a Casting Director

The other day I did a short book review for my friend Gale Martin's recent novel, "Don Juan in Hankey, PA". Even before I had finished reading her very funny story of a small-town opera guild doing their best to put on THE best version of Mozart's Don Giovanni ever in order to keep from going under, I was wondering who might play who in the movie when Hollywood finally gets their hands on it.

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!


  1. Anonymous6:16 PM EST

    I love your cast, Linda. It's inspired and so fun. I LOVE the women. John Cusack as Donato Bianco? How funny. This was great, Linda. I'm having a blast seeing how you connected with the characters.

  2. Although many of the gals I know, but only one of the men. Richard Dreyfuss. The bliss of not having television. Priceless.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  3. When is the movie opening, Ms. Casting Director? With this cast I'll be first in a line for a ticket :) This was fun!

  4. Looks like an awesome lineup... No Hugh Jackman? Jamie will be upset...LOL! After all, he can really sing...

  5. OMG Jean, you are SO right! So right in fact that I added an addendum to this post pronto and forthwith!

    What I'd really love is for Jamie to read the book and come up with a cast of her own, especially given her love of and expertise in music - including opera. I bet it would be killer!

  6. Hugh Jackman slipped your mind? You need a vacation girlfriend. srsly.

  7. Just let me know if you need more pictures to demonstrate the swoon worthy merits. There is a great article today about the beautiful lady who actually shares real life: Wolverine's Foxy Lady

  8. Love your line up too! You're a bit better on the more swoon-worthy hunks. Some of the ladies almost made my list. It certainly was a fun way to engage with Don Juan in Hanky, PA! I'm glad my blog sparked yours...maybe they'll be two directors competing and two movies will be released (I'm thinking of the two Dangerous Liasons).

  9. I like Ashley Judd rather than Diane Lane, Neil Patrick Harris rather than Carson Kressley, Either Anne Hathaway or Kristin Chenoweth for the opera singer (They could do their own singing). Love Gary Sinise, Dame Maggie Smith instead of Cloris.

    Oh just give all the parts to Hugh. It wouldn't make any sense, but the box office take would be very, very impressive assuming you could actually get anyone to leave the theater when the movie was over. :-)


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